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Is it worth getting Starlink?


If you’re struggling with internet speeds and looking for alternatives, Starlink by SpaceX is definitely worth considering. It typically delivers excellent speeds and is quite reliable once set up.


The service is provided by a constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth, offering internet to a global market. However, as with any relatively new technology, there are pros and cons to weigh before making a decision.



A photo of the edge of a property with a set of ladders propped up agains it. A Starlink dish is installed on the eaves.


Pros:


Coverage: Starlink doesn’t rely on traditional methods like cables or DSL lines, giving it global coverage. This makes it a viable option even in remote or rural areas. It’s also been successfully installed in many urban and suburban areas, so it’s not limited to just remote locations.


Speed: The system aims to deliver internet speeds comparable to traditional broadband services. Recent reports indicate speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps, with the potential to reach up to 300 Mbps.


Low Latency: Unlike traditional satellite internet, which often suffers from high latency due to the distance signals must travel, Starlink’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites offer significantly lower latency. This makes it suitable for real-time applications like video conferencing and online gaming.


Scalability: The modular design of the satellite network allows for incremental expansion. This means the service can be scaled up as demand increases and more satellites are launched.


Quick Deployment: In areas lacking existing infrastructure, Starlink can be deployed much faster than laying cables for traditional broadband, providing a quick solution for urgent connectivity needs.



Cons:


Cost: Starlink is more expensive compared to some other alternatives. For personal/home use, the initial cost is £299, with a monthly fee of £75. For business use, the cost is £150 per month with a higher initial outlay. However, many clients previously struggling with poor broadband are often willing to pay for the improved speeds.


Environmental Concerns: Elon Musk and Starlink have faced criticism regarding the environmental impact of launching numerous satellites, including issues of light pollution affecting astronomical observations and the problem of space debris.


Weather Impact: Severe weather, including heavy rain, storms, ice, and snow, can affect reception and usage. This is particularly relevant in Scotland.



Starlink dish installed on a chimney of a property.

Installation:


Ease of Installation: Starlink is advertised as self-installable, which works well if you have a flat roof and an easy cable route. Some clients have even placed the unit on a pallet in the garden with success. However, for optimal performance, it’s best to mount the dish at a higher point on the roof, which might require professional installation.


We have extensive experience with all types of satellite installation including Starlink. Our installers are skilled at determining the best position for your Starlink dish. We recommend a site survey first to ensure you order the right kit. There’s a longer cable option available, but it’s pricey (starting at £82), so it’s worth verifying if you need it before ordering. Additionally, you may need a specific type of mounting kit for your property, as Starlink’s equipment is unique and cannot be substituted with standard satellite mounting kits.


Next Steps:

Just get in touch to schedule a quick site visit. This will allow us to assess the best position on your property for the Starlink dish, determine the necessary equipment, and estimate the installation time. We’ll also address any access issues to ensure a smooth installation.

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