Starlink: Internet via satellite in a practical test from the community


A practical test of the Starlink satellite Internet from the American space and telecommunications company SpaceX comes from the community. In the reader article “Starlink in Practice”, community member “QuerSiehsteMehr” provides information about costs, components and latencies based on their own experience.

The practical test is intended to describe the author's “first experience” with the Internet via satellite, the distribution of which is also funded by the federal government. But at the beginning the reader informs his readers with an introduction to the topic Starlink:

SpaceX operates a worldwide satellite network behind the name Starlink. This network of satellites and ground stations should enable wireless internet connections worldwide.

The ComputerBase reader also explains how and with which hardware Starlink works.

With the help of a ground terminal at the user's premises, which also consists of a router and a satellite dish, a connection to the satellites in orbit is established, which then enables an internet connection with the help of a ground station of the operator.

Starlink, which was also used as an emergency solution in the disaster area of ​​Rhineland-Palatinate affected by storms and floods with 35 satellite dishes, will be scrutinized in the following six categories as part of the practical test:

  • Costs
  • Components
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Settings, functions and operation
  • Speed ​​and latency
  • Stability

In a detailed conclusion, the ComputerBase- Readers take stock and assess the current state of development of Starlink in practice.

Starlink is really fascinating. You look into the garden, see this white satellite dish standing there and you can use the speed of a modern broadband connection (…)

But where in theory a lot If there is light, there is also a lot of shadow in practice.

In times when games, programs, streaming and much more are always there Generating larger amounts of data, Starlink is a blessing in regions where fast Internet is not yet available or is only sparsely developed. But that blessing comes with a prize that has washed itself.

In particular, the high energy consumption and the immense hardware costs as well as the monthly fees of 99 euros spoil the fun noticeably.

  • Reader's article: Starlink in practice

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