Starlink Posts

Friday, July 2, 2021

June was an exciting month for networking in the Northwoods, with lots of new data collection activity.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I said at the end of last month that I was looking forward to writing this month's update. Mid-month, I built a tower and got Dishy up in the air, hoping to cure my obstructions. So how did it go?

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

One reason I haven't worked on fixing my obstructions before now is that winter makes the ground impenetrable, and the roofs treacherous. The second reason is that I didn't want to attempt any solutions without having data to guide me.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

This one is a bit of a shorter update, because there's not a lot new to report. Outages remain frequent, and longer, like they did in March. Starlink announced that they would be rolling out an update that would allow the dish to change which satellite it's connected to when it sees an obstruction. If that has made it to my dish, I haven't noticed its effects.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Another month has passed, in which I continued to use Starlink as my primary internet service, except when I needed to make Facetime or Zoom calls. From a subjective standpoint, I can tell you this: March was a far more frustrating experience than February.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I've continued to analyze and plot more information about Starlink outages. I've also collected three more weeks of nearly continuous data, so it's time to review how quality of service has changed.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Update, June 2021. This month, Starlink released an update to their mobile app that produces an image similar to what I was trying here. Hopefully some day they talk publicly about the feature, so I can lean how far off I was on implementation details.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

In my last post, I talked about how frequent, short outages prevent video calling from being comfortable on Starlink. If you were curious about exactly how short and how frequent I meant, this post is for you.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

At the end of my last post about the state of rural internet, I mentioned that we were about to try something new: Starlink by SpaceX. We've been using it as our primary internet connection for two weeks now, and TL;DR it would be tough to give it up, but it does have some limitations.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The fastest internet speed I can buy at my house is a nominal 25Mbps down / 5Mbps up. That's slower than some can get less than a mile down the road, but faster than others can get just a bit beyond that. It costs $112 per month, which is also more expensive than what's available to some neighbors, and cheaper than others.

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