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REVIEW SpaceX Starlink

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by Agg, Oct 10, 2021.

  1. JSmithDTV

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    https://www.fastcompany.com/90681156/elon-musk-starlink-satellite-lasers


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  2. Gunna

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    Are they looking at improving the upload speeds?
     
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    Great write up Agg.

    Like yourself, I'm on some acreage in regional Victoria. Only 30 minutes out of Geelong.

    Luckily at the start of COVID we got access to wireless NBN. 50mb down and 10mb up.

    I pre-ordered Starlink months ago and it arrived a few weeks. I've had a similar experience to yourself.

    I personally love the idea of being off the NBN and on something that is not restricted by a single nations approach to internet, it's restrictions and potential privacy concerns.

    I am really excited about the concept of getting remote villages around the word access to a Starlink that runs on solar and some old batteries. Imagine the uplift in global knowledge when you can access this internet regardless of where you live around the world.

    Imagine dropping a couple into North Korea...
     
  5. caspian

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    this is exactly why telecommunications sucks. billions of dollars worth of investment and people are already looking for something better before the capital cost is repaid, let alone a reasonable profit made. hell, they haven't even launched a retail product yet!
     
  6. Gunna

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    Did you bother to read the post I quoted? Musk was quoted as saying the upgrades are now beginning but doesn't define if it's software or hardware.......
     
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    Excellent read and insights thanks OP. Fascinating about the ability for it to be a mobile service. Where do I put my deposit for a skull implant.
     
  8. JSmithDTV

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    I don't believe so;
    https://earthsky.org/space/spacex-lasers-will-define-next-starlink-technology-era/
    Having me on ignore was no excuse for that fopar in this case. Many of us could take that members post to task, seems a bit shilly to me... but best this doesn't devolve into another NBN thread and focusses on this amazing development in global internet access.



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  9. Fedr0

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    Bow to me, plebs. :p

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    Granted, I am in Denmark.
     
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  10. Sniper

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    I see yer problem
    Dump Telstra Hell even 'cough' 'cough' TPG is better these days, ABB is the new internode apparently.
     
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    How are the drop outs, if at all?

    Someone mentioned the dropouts for them made Zoom calls and gaming annoying or unworkable!

    The drops were brief, but enough to kill the connection.

    Has that been your experience?
     
  12. The Beast

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    I'm spending a week in a fairly normal hotel in southern Rome and the free hotel wifi is faster than when I had the fastest NBN has to offer with fibre-to-the-port (FTTP) in my house in Canberra (~95mbps down ~33mbps up).

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  13. caspian

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    you can make lasers happen in software? cool!
     
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    I am also on the Starlink train, got mine around a month ago. In rural Vic and on Fixed Wireless, originally had good speeds but last few months it was ridiculous to the point of not being able to even stream video during peak times. Raised faults with ABB and they say NBN only guarantees 6/1 on FW not even the broadband guaranteed 25/5 the government set as FW is only considered best effort, what a joke right.

    Switched of NBB/ABB within one week of Starlink being in.
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    Nice review Agg, did you try a modem/router with a broadcom chipset on your FTTN? Whirlpool suggested I tried it and I went from 70mbit to 95mbit bridging an old telstra router instead of using my Asus modem/router.

    I tried them but packet loss made it no good for gaming.

    Tried gaming yourselfAgg?

    You mention the son on minecraft etc but I wonder if any packet loss or jitter on more sensitive games like battlefield.
     
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  16. Gunna

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    Yes you can! It's called a phased approach, not sure if you've had experience in it. If you have planned to implement the feature and have the hardware in place already and just need to finalise the software to get it working then its a software upgrade to turn it on, you know like Tesla does with their cars. They dont swap the cars out each time a new feature comes out....
     
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  17. caspian

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    let me remind you of your own post:

    the article, posted in October 2021, says "The first batch of laser-equipped Starlink satellites went up to polar orbits in January, Musk confirmed January 24."

    so the reasonable assumption is that satellites launched in 2020 and before do not have the laser technology hardware.
     
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  18. JSmithDTV

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    Anyway... I found this interesting;

    https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-gps-navigation


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    thanks for your review i have a friend whom this may help a lot, sat's nothing new but that ping is XD
     
  20. Zee

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    Great write up, Agg.

    We'll likely consider Starlink for our new house int he Philippines (we're in an area notorious for services randomly stopping - so solar, Starlink and water capture are priorities to ensure we can keep working, and the kids can keep schooling).

    I'll be especially curious regarding your experiences during bad weather over the next few months.

    Looking forward to updates!

    Z...
     

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