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With Starlink coming on the scene so quickly there are a lot of questions. There are also a lot of opinions floating out there too, of course as there rightfully should be. We think the best thing we can do to help you with Starlink and get some real answers, is to take you right to the place where the information is fact. Here is a small collection of website links to help you make an informed decision.
First up is....yep you guessed it, the official site of Starlink. the best place to start. Hint they have an FAQ section.
Number 2 is.... this is a very cool site in which you can see the satellites around the globe and even the ones that are over your head right now.
Number 3 is....well this isn't really a site, and it's not exactly factual...aaaa...at least not yet. It's Elon Musk's twitter He has been known to spill the beans as to what he is expecting from his little company Starlink. Like 300mb speeds!!!!
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What is Starlink?
Internet options are changing fast for everybody with Starlink coming onto the seen. It is in it's beta stage, basically meaning that they're testing it out and bringing on a low volume of clients to test and make sure the system is working on the level they want. Because it's early on, those of us who have received the beta are guinea pigs for them. Which is ok as long as you're aware that outages and updates will be flying at you while they adjust there system. So what is Starlink? and where did it come from? Starlink is a division of SpaceX, SpaceX is the space exploration company that was the first to make re-useable rockets. It is really something to see, I feel like I'm watching a 1960's space movie as I watch the rockets land back on earth. Check out the F-9 Falcon rockets on YouTube, you'll see exactly what I mean. With this ability it has sent the cost of launching satellites to space at 1/10th the original and arguably even more. What that means is that there is going to be more satellites in space over the next few year then there has been in the previous century. Satellites have many different functions for us, and play a pivotal role in almost all our modern day technologies. This is were Starlink comes in, there using lower geo-orbital satellites, about 500 kilometers from the earth and their going to be in the thousands by the time they've completed there network. The difference with there satellites compared to previous satellites is that because they're lower in orbit then then the 45,000 kilometer satellites. The lower orbiting satellites can run at 20ms ping times compared to 750ms, and speeds at 50-150 megabytes per second compared to 3-10. So what does this mean for you, if your in need of highspeed internet in the country, you now have another option. It is expensive compared with other providers, I paid $0 for my LTE provider compared to $750 for Starlink. My bill is $20.00 more a month then my LTE too. My LTE provider works just fine giving me speeds averaging 60 compared to my Starlink which averages about 80. So why change? and what's the benefits if there is any? The reasons for changing are going to come down to what can be offered, if you have tried other providers and had little help or success then this is an option. If your looking to save money then this is not an option. Your local providers have multiple plans that can be catered to your internet need's, basically 1/2 the price of Starlink, I should also mention that you'll have a professional come hook-up your equipment and test the system for you, Starlink is self install. If you live very remotely as in no providers in your area or installers then this is where Starlink will be able to fit in. Throughout our years in the industry we've seen many changes, and this is another. Albeit a very big one, especially if it delivers on it's promises, which remains to be seen over time. Don't get me wrong I'm as excited as any techie out there. I've poured hours of testing into my system already and have been impressed, but the system is very young and there is very little known as to what will happen as more users start to come online. AMS will be posting and making videos of our journey with Starlink.
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Our Starlink journey with the Beta "Better then nothing trial" has been off to a great start. We've been running lots of tests, simulating the different environments that can be found out there and reporting back to you our results. We have been pleased with our services to date and have recently received an email from Starlink addressing some questions in regards to there networks operation. The following is copied word for word from their e-mail.
Since rollout of initial U.S. service in October 2020, Starlink now offers limited beta service in Canada, U.K., Germany and New Zealand. To date, we have deposits from almost every country around the world; going forward, our ability to expand service will be driven in large part by governments granting us licensing internationally.
Recently some beta users saw short but more frequent outages, particularly in the evening hours. This was caused by two main issues— preventive maintenance on various ground gateways, coupled with a network logic bug that intermittently caused some packet processing services to hang until they were reset. The good news is fixes were implemented and users should no longer see this particular issue.
As more users come online, the team is seeing an increase in surges of activity, particularly during peak hours. The gateway infrastructure to support these types of surges is in place, but we are awaiting final regulatory approval to use all available channels. Near term fixes have been implemented to facilitate better load balancing in the interim, and this issue will fully resolve once all approvals are received.
Dynamic Frame Allocation
The Starlink software team recently rolled out our dynamic frame allocation feature which dynamically allocates additional bandwidth to beta users based on real time usage. This feature enables the network to better balance load and deliver higher speeds to the user.
Connecting to the Best Satellite
Today, your Starlink speaks to a single satellite assigned to your terminal for a particular period of time. In the future, if communication with your assigned satellite is interrupted for any reason, your Starlink will seamlessly switch to a different satellite, resulting in far fewer network disruptions. There can only be one satellite connected to your Starlink at any time, but this feature will allow for choice of the best satellite. This feature will be available to most beta users in April and is expected to deliver one of our most notable reliability improvements to date.
These upgrades are part of our overall effort to build a network that not only reaches underserved users, but also performs significantly better than traditional satellite internet.
To that end, the Starlink team is always looking for great software, integration and network engineers. If you want to help us build the internet in space, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.