SpaceX, a subsidiary of Elon Musk's company, has launched a private satellite Internet service called Starlink. Its initial prototype was created in 2018, and by the end of 2020, North American consumers might purchase it. SpaceX aims to create a global cluster of tens of thousands of low-Earth orbiting satellites that can provide Internet access to almost any location on Earth. It intends to eventually offer high-speed broadband to those everywhere who are unable to obtain a reliable Internet connection.
Signals should travel farther with Starlink satellites because they are closer to the Earth than other satellite systems. A quicker connection, allowing more time to get there.
When will Australia be able to use Starlink?
Starlink Australia is still in beta and only partially available to clients in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria.
Pre-orders are available to clients outside the first beta regions of NSW and Victoria. There are hopes to extend to more of Australia eventually.
Starlink is only permitted to offer service in "low and remote density areas" under its Australian operating license, which primarily excludes large cities (though not Canberra).
What is the price of Starlink in Australia?
To acquire Starlink in Australia, need to spend a minimum of $950.
Need to pay for:
- Fees for the unlimited data plan are $139 per month. Cost of hardware: $709 (includes Starlink dish, router, power supply, cables and mounting tripod)
- Cost of shipping: $100
- During Starlink's beta phase, only one package (unlimited bandwidth) is currently offered. The future may or may not see the implementation of data limitations.
- When pre-order, pay a $139 deposit, which can get back in full at any point before the Starlink equipment comes.
- Need to spend extra for a roof mount if being able to mount the dish on the roof.
In Australia, how quickly will Starlink operate?
- Starlink touts its services' benefits in reaching rates of 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps, with an average latency of 20 ms to 40 ms.
- As more satellites are launched, this issue will improve, but it also mentions that there "will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all."
- Maximum speeds will probably change as the beta test progresses. As more people join the network, they will decline; as more satellites are launched, they will climb.
- If too many people try to use Starlink's services at once, such as on a busy road, everyone's Internet connection may slacken to a crawl.
Ethernet Starlink Adapter
The Ethernet Adaptor is the network device Starlink users need most frequently. This authorised Starlink attachment has a patented design. Thus there is no aftermarket equivalent; it is only available through Starlink Shop. When purchased directly from Starlink, the price is $25.
The more recent rectangular Starlink systems are compatible with the Ethernet Starlink Adapter. An Ethernet port-equipped Wi-Fi router was included with the older circular dish. Starlink did away with the Ethernet port on their most recent routers to reduce costs and prevent hardware delays brought on by supply chain problems. Consumers seeking the adaptor from the Starlink shops Australia are required to establish an Ethernet connection.