SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service offers users fast speeds of up to 175 Mbps, even in high-speed winds, deep snow and freezing temperatures.
Users of the SpaceX test “Better Than Nothing Beta” have posted images and videos on Reddit Starlink community, proving that the Starlink terminal still operates in extreme weather conditions – and in some cases is even faster.
The terminal – or “UFO on a stick” – comes as part of the Starlink kit, which also includes a tripod and a WiFi router that costs $ 499, plus $ 99 for the monthly subscription.
In a e-mail from October 26, SpaceX said users of the public beta test – a network of almost 900 satellites that transmit the internet service to Earth – should expect download speeds of between 50 and 150 Mbps.
From what users have reported online in the last week, it appears that the Starlink internet service is not significantly affected by wet weather and wind.
The snow is melting from the Starlink terminal at freezing temperatures
A user, who lives in the northern US, told Business Insider that their Starlink internet speed is on average 20 Mbps faster in colder air at -11 degrees Celsius. “I received about 175 Mbps on average download this morning, while it was around 150-160 before,” said.
Nearly all users who reported speeds in November on a list compiled by Reddit’s Starlink community said they have download speeds in excess of 150 Mbps. Fastest download speed so far it is 208.63 Mbps, recorded in Seattle.
User postedalso six thermal images showing the surface of the terminal ranging from 32 to 40 degrees Celsius, which means that the terminal melts the snow that lands on it.
Another Reddit user posted a video measuring the temperature outside with a Starlink terminal positioned on the roof. The thermometer read between -4 and 3 degrees Celsius outside, but the terminal was heating up. The user said he has dozens of devices in the home network, including six laptops, six smartphones, three Xboxes, two tablets and a PC.
Users said they had not noticed any speed changes since the snow started. But there are reports of slowing down internet service when heavy snow begins to fall over the terminal.
A user in the northern United States weighed his Starlink tripod on the outside table before starting a 50 mph snowstorm. The snow reached 3 centimeters in about an hour, and the Starlink application showed “a weak connection”.
The terminal can withstand winds of 175 mph
The user said that the download speed initially dropped to about 20-30 Mbps, and the upload speed dropped to 3 to 4 Mbps – “It certainly had higher latency and lower speeds when the snow was falling heavily, but they returned quickly as it slowed down. ” “There were still an average of about 100 Mbps download and 15 Mbps upload,” he said.
“It will be a dream for those people in the wilderness who currently have no choice,” they added. The user posted on Reddit that he would prefer to mount the terminal on the roof, but said that he does not know if he will trust it with the Montana winds.
Despite concerns about strong winds and the Starlink terminal, one user put the Starlink terminal on final test – wind over 280 km / h. Download speeds remained between 110 and 120 Mbps, according to the speed tests performed by the user. The user has discovered that if the wind blows on the terminal, it automatically adjusts to stay aligned with the satellite.
All four reports come from the northern United States, where the Musk company began to test service, as well as from southern Canada. In October, SpaceX agreed to provide the Internet in a Texas school district through its Starlink satellite network – the first time the SpaceX StarX is offered in the southern US.
Starting in early 2021, the space company will initially provide satellite Internet to 45 families without internet access and another 90 families.