Starlink: the full test! Is Elon Musk’s ultra-fast Internet the ultimate solution for rural areas?, Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber

The interest of the satellite is to be mobile throughout the territory ! Except that Starlink is linked to your address ! Indeed, it is impossible to move the antenna, except a few tens of meters maximum -check your neighbor, but no further !

Starlink: the full test ! Is Elon Musk’s ultra-fast Internet the ultimate solution for rural areas ?

Hi guild ! Today, we are attacking the big global internet connection project of Mr. Elon Musk: Starlink: the full test-does this allow a good connection even in the most remote rural areas in France ?

And I tell you everything ! Here are the elements you will find in the video and this article.

Summary

  • Order on the Starlink website (location, offers, account creation, support)
  • Sending, monitoring, reception of equipment, unboxing and installation
  • Debit test in situation
  • List of offers possible
  • The advantages and disadvantages
  • Conclusion
  • Faq

I want to clarify that this article “Starlink: the full test“” is not sponsored !

Order on the Starlink website

What I present to you today is the solution for individuals, the one I tested. I am not talking to you about the pro version, which can present some differences whatsoever in terms of equipment and support.

Starlink: address

To order on the Starlink site.com, nothing simpler ! Just start by enter your address. Do not copy and paste, start entering the start of your address until it appears in the list.

Starlink: order

If your address is eligible, You can simply place an order ! This should be the case throughout France. In theory, it should be possible to use the equipment all over the world. So, I think the restrictions are more linked to delivery than to the coverage of the network.

So if you live in an unwanted place By the site but that you absolutely want to order, it can be interesting to choose an eligible address, then to install your equipment as long as you do not change countries.

From what I have read on the internet, you will have to contact the support if you you keep considerably from your initial order point, especially if you change the globe country or region. So, find out if you plan to use it during a big trip, as if Example on a boat around the world. It is possible that there are specific licenses to activate at home. In any case, you will only have certainty if you get a support response.

Sending, monitoring and reception of equipment

Starlink: DHL delivery

For to start, I was a little worried not to find any means of contact On the site, the only one phone number that I managed to call, impossible to have an online person.

I like to have a soldl before passing this kind of order, I failed to join, So I just ordered hoping that it is not too long !

And I was pleasantly surprised to see that it only took 4 days to receive it material !

Not as fast as Amazon, But frankly for such a recent society and also known It’s quite incredible to have me delivered so fast !

The package has arrived in good quality with very slight scratch from the way.

Starlink: package delivered

Starlink: package opening

Everything is in place and the explanations are quite simple for the installation !

We are then invited to download the application to allow us to control the equipment and activate the antenna.

It’s quite simple I explain to you in the start -up game !

Starlink: application

Starlink: Define WiFi access

Once put on tension, you will see an open new Wi-Fi signal. For my part, his name was “stinky”, which can result in “stinking”. I do not know if it is a joke of bad taste, because in the instructions, the Wi-Fi should have been called “Starlink”.

But this is not really a problem, because from the first connection, we are invited to change his name and give him a password.

Note: the image on the left is in English but I had it in French.

Once online I captured the internet in less than 1 minutes, but they indicate between 10 and 15 minutes for start -up.

Debit test in situation

Test in Oullins

I did many debit tests In two separate zones.

A first series of tests at my workplace, at Oullins (suburb of Lyon).

I tried to place the antenna for the edge of my window for the first time, but obviously it was not enough to obtain a link with the satellite.

Subsequently, I placed the antenna on the other side of the building, which is relatively protected by large trees all around and the building that counts three floors.

Despite these unfavorable conditions, I obtained, after 15 minutes of calibration, The following results:

Starlink: Speedtest

Test at the Château de Theix Saint-Gènes-Champanelle

Attention : I had to apply to Starlink in my private space in order to carry out a address change On my online account here:

Starlink: Change Address

Remember to do it Before moving the antenna Beforehand otherwise you have an expectation of approximately 30 minutes for this change to be effective (little more in case of crowds) If you don’t do it You have an error message and You cannot receive the Internet.

I then headed for a castle in Auvergne which was the initial objective, that is to say having a good connection in this remote area, far from the fiber.

After a few minutes to find the right positioning, I was able to get the following flows:

I observed a stability for 4 hours of testing, I then had to return to Lyon, but at first glance, the connection seems very stable.

Starlink: Speedtest 2

Starlink store

Via your customer area, you have access directly to a shop offering a wide choice of equipment, here are 2 quite important:

Starlink: Ethernet adapter

Ethernet adapter (and yes no basic) otherwise you will only have wifi.

Starlink: additional cable

Additional cable: 150 feet equivalent to approximately 45.72 meters.

And a lot of other things here are a small picture of the different elements:

Product image Product Name Description Price
Starlink transport case Designed to take Starlink on the go. € 284.00
Flashing Mount Suitable for use on shingles and coating. Requires an additional purchase of pivot mounting support. € 98.00
WiFi Mesh router Strengthens your WiFi signal through your entire network. € 176.00
Long Wall Mount Suitable for an external wall installation. € 76.00
Masonry routing kit Internet cable routing equipment for masonry surfaces to install yourself. € 63.00
Ground Pole Mount Suitable for installation in the ground. € 89.00
Mount pivot Suitable for sloping roofs. € 62.00
75 feet replacement cable Replacement Starlink cable. Compatible only with the rectangular starlink. € 99.00
150 feet replacement cable Starlink spare cable with additional length. Compatible only with the rectangular starlink. € 132.00
Ethernet adapter Allows a wired internet connection to Starlink € 40.00
Cable routing kit Internet cable buying kit to install yourself. € 55.00
Pipe adapt Suitable for a wide variety of fixing systems. € 65.00
Short Wall Mount Suitable for an external wall installation. € 67.00
Starlink kit Starlink kit € 300.00

List of offers possible

There are several version on the Starlink site:

  1. Starlink residential ::
    • Services: low -cut high -speed internet
    • Availability: remote and rural areas around the world, available everywhere in France
    • Price: 50 €/month
  2. Starlink business ::
    • Services: low -cut high -speed internet
    • Availability: for companies around the world, even in the most rural and remote places
    • 3 version, Priority -1 TB A € 216, Priority -2 TB has € 432, Priority -6 TB has € 1272
    • Count 246 € / month and with unique material costs of € 2826.
  3. Starlink Roam ::
    • Services: low -cut high -speed internet
    • Availability: remote and rural areas around the world
    • Price: € 100/month with unique material costs of € 450
  4. Starlink Mobility ::
    • Services: High speed world Internet up to 220 Mbps in download debit, for critical moving applications
    • Price: from € 287/month with unique material costs of € 2,826
    • Guarantee: Try for 30 days with a guaranteed full refund on the equipment
  5. Maritime Starlink ::
    • Services: Global sea coverage with a download rate of up to 220 Mbps at sea
    • Price: from € 287/month with unique material costs of € 2,826
  6. Starlink aviation ::
    • Services: Low speed high speed internet in flight with global connectivity
    • Availability: book now with deliveries from 2023.

The advantages and disadvantages

Good points :

  • Good quality connection is possible everywhere, as long as sufficient access to the sky is granted. The roof installation is ideal, but it is not compulsory.
  • Very fast delivery (4 days in my case) via DHL with possible follow -up.
  • The price is very affordable, without the need to carry out major work, unlike fiber which can quickly cost dearly in case of personalized installation (dedicated fiber for example).
  • Possibility to move the system to another address (the address change procedure takes only a few minutes).
  • Ease of start -up and management via the application.
  • Clear online account and easy to manage.
  • High speed and low stable latency (between 45 and 60 ms).
  • Very little, or even none, disconnect despite non -ideal locations.
  • Online store with many very useful items.
  • Ease of transport (a user manual to correctly fold the antenna is available in the application).
  • No speed and data limit.

Negative points :

  • I did not find a phone number to contact the support or sales department.
  • The Ethernet case is sold separately.
  • Very expensive mobile version.

Conclusion

Without wanting to appear too enthusiastic, I must admit being very impressed by the quality of this product. THE commissioning is far lower than that of any operator in France. While you have to count Between 5 and 7 weeks for ADSL or fiber For a professional offer here, in just 5 days, You have a Connection close to fiber, No matter your location.

In addition to that, there does not seem to be data limit, Which is often the case with most French operators. With a ping of about 50 ms, We are far from the 300 to 500 ms offered by the other satellite operators.

THE value for money is incredible :: 50 € per month If we buy the equipment at around 300 €, and all without obligation.

This operator clearly changes the situation, not only in France, but worldwide, offering the possibility of connecting to a quick internet.

The only problem I can consider would be a network saturation Due to the success of this new operator. However, it seems that they have planned to send new satellites to improve the coverage.

FAQ on Starlink’s Internet service: the full test

How to place an order on the Starlink website ?

Just start by enter your address. If your address is eligible, you can simply order.

What is the procedure in the event of a significant moving or travel with the Starlink equipment ?

If you are considerably moving from your initial order, especially if you change the globe country or region, you will have to contact the support. It may be specific licenses to activate.

What is the quality of Starlink customer service ?

There is no direct contact (telephone) on the site. In the event of a problem, it will be necessary to go through the online support.

How long does it take to receive the Starlink equipment after ordering ?

It is generally 4 days to receive the equipment.

How is the installation experience of Starlink equipment ?

The installation process is quite simple with clear explanations. An application is available to control the equipment and activate the antenna.

What are the results of flow tests in situation ?

The flows obtained are high and the connection is stable, even in rural areas, as long as sufficient access to the sky is granted.

What are the advantages of Starlink ?

Starlink offers a good quality connection everywhere, fast delivery, affordable prices, ease of start -up and management via the application, high speed and low stable latency, and an absence of debit and data limit.

What are the disadvantages of Starlink ?

There is no phone number to contact the Commercial Support or Service, and the Ethernet case is sold separately.

What are the products available in the Starlink online store ?

The online store offers a wide choice of equipment, including an Ethernet adapter, additional cable, mounting supports, cable routing kits, etc

What is the conclusion of the Starlink test ?

Starlink offers a quality service with excellent value for money, and the possibility of connecting to a fast internet everywhere. The only potential problem would be a saturation of the network because of its success.

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6 responses to “Starlink: the full test ! Is Elon Musk’s ultra-fast Internet the ultimate solution for rural areas ? »»

Frédéric Torro said:

Good morning. I am interested in this system because we live in Auvergne, in the Pampa. I have two questions: if I equip myself with an Ethernet Starlink case, do I lose the Starlink WiFi, or both ? What is the length of the connection cable to an electrical outlet (for the case of an installation on the roof) Thank you

Hello, rest assured, the installation of the Ethernet case will not deprive you of your Wi-Fi connection; It is simply added to it. In addition, Starlink announced that future models will directly include the Ethernet option, which responded to one of my main reserves when I had made the video. As for the length of your cable, it is not very important (about 4 meters), but being standard, you can easily find an extension in your favorite DIY store. Good day !

I want to take my starlink av me on vacation
in Morocco will he capture I am in the countryside there thank you cordially

Hi, I think you have to contact the support via your application, I think you can define a new address in the same country is sure it works, but changing countries I am not at all on.

Hello, do you have a solution to receive TV with this kit?
THANKS !

Hi, you can watch most public channels online on their site. Otherwise you can take paying subscriptions on the different platforms, My Canal, Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.. Otherwise there are the IPTVs which are less legal on the other hand.

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Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber ?

For his first election, Emmanuel Macron had promised to cover the entire territory by very high speed by the end of the five -year term . With almost 9 out of 10 French people eligible at the beginning of 2023, the objective seems well advanced, without being still fully fulfilled -but be careful at the very high speed term, as we will see below.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

If Elon Musk did not have the ambition to open up the French campaigns by sending its SpaceX rockets in the stratosphere, Starlink’s objective remained to offer comparable access to fiber, without any connection constraints. Ultimately, the CEO of Tesla even aims to competition 4G and 5G, whose deployment of antennas is also subject to strong constraints.

But what is Starlink worth in real life ? After 6 months to play with the satellite of Elon Musk, it is time of the verdict ! What are the flows ? Are they reliable ? Are there any cuts ? What are the prerequisites to install it ? How much does it cost ? This is what we will see together in this article (and its associated video).

What speed and latency for Starlink ?

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

30Mbps (which our president considers very high speed) in 2023, this remains a rather modest flow For new uses (games, VR, streaming, very high definition, Visio. ), especially in homes with several Internet users on the same connection -without talking about the upload, absent from the debate. If the fiber has indeed indeed reached the most remote campaigns, There are still a number of white areas or only eligible for a 4G/5G box even an adsl barely capable. Sometimes a village is displayed as a fiber, and yet several streets are missing, a subdivision.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

So what can we Hope as a flow with our satellites ? At a time when we write these lines (April 2023), Starlink offers approximately

• 200/250Mbps for download (Download)
• 30/40MBPS sending (Upload)
• A ping between 40 and 60ms

Not bad is not it ? If 4G and especially 5G allows itself to overcome these flows, it must be recognized that The cellular connection is very random. Those who play in a network or who do streaming using the connection of the iPhone know it: the ping is unstable, and depending on the hours (especially in the evening), the weather or certain external factors, it is difficult to 100% proud in 4G.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Starlink has the advantage of offering a fairly stable flow, as well as for ping and the maintenance of the connection. Punctually, we still encountered cuts, but most were linked to the poor positioning of the antenna, and to the areas of obstructions too present during our first tests.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Eventually, Starlink offers the equivalent of an entry -level fiber offer, which is rather in line with the promise of Elon Musk, enough to delight all the forgotten of the fiber plan.

How does Starlink work ?

The use of a satellite network is not new, the first phones using this system date from several decades already.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

The particularity of Starlink is to use the low orbit of the earth, just 500km from the ground, Against 36,000 km for the famous geo-stations. This proximity allows both good speeds and above all, a very low latency, comparable to land antennas. Better still, thanks to a laser system for the inter -satellite connection, we still gain in flow and responsiveness without having to multiply the relays on the ground -the satellite must still use terrestrial hubs to relay data.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

More than 600ms, we go to 30/40s of latency for Starlink, which opens the way to many activities, such as telephony, streaming, network game, VR. In short, without being as fast as fiber optics, Starlink allows much more versatile use than ADSL or a slightly weak 4G.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Remains thatcluttering the pass orbit is not without constraint : of a few dozen satellites (like those praised Apple for its SOS system located at 1,414 km), Starlink needs 3,200 units currently, a number that could climb more than 40,000 by the end of the decade !

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

In astronomy enthusiasts, it creaks a little teeth, And certain environmental movements also fear that all these little people telescove and come to pollute the atmosphere -Each satellite has a significant amount of varied metals and chemicals.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

However, if you watch the satellite map in real time, you will notice that their number is ultimately quite low: Only a few units are currently enough to cover France, For example, against tens of thousands of 4G/5G branches.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Ultimately, we could even imagine that our smartphones, cars and other connected objects only use the satellite To connect to the outdoor network. The coverage would then be almost total and the flows much more stable than with the grounds on the ground. This is once again, what Elon Musk understood before Tim Cook, the CEO ofApple could be forced to find himself a starlink client. Or even competitor if this dear Elon was out (it was discussed) his own satellite phone.

What conditions to connect to Starlink ?

The only prerequisite for installing Starlink is. to see the sky ! Or rather, to have a minimum of obstruction: a building, a tree, a roof, a pergola. Each space occupied between the satellite and the parable will involve regular disconnections.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

If you live in the forest, in town or in a hole, forget the satellite ! On the other hand, even in a valley background (like Chamonix) or in a small garden with a beautiful opening on the sky, no problem ! It is even possible to place the antenna on a mat, which reduces the obstructions of house roofs (like a TV antenna).

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Finally, Starlink remains quite permissive. We have walked our parable in our ID.Buzz for several weeks and we have always managed to find a spot for a good connection has network.

Starlink installation

The installation of Starlink is of childish simplicity : just connect two cables !

• Power (230V socket)
• Connection to the WiFi router

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

The antenna must be placed on the ground (not necessarily flat) and via an integrated engine, it will be positioned automatically to optimize reception. In winter, it can even heat to melt snow or ice, and the whole is completely waterproof, resistant even wind and hail !

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Once all these little people in place, Just launch the application and follow the step (a few steps): creation of an account, a WiFi network and. that’s all. In maximum five minutes, you are connected to the satellite ! Even the installation of an iPhone requires more time.

The application offers some additional menus, as :

• A debit test
• A obstruction test from the sky
Latence info, network quality
• A remote access
• there network topology local
• A shop and assistance

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Starlink connects to wifi and outside

Satellite obliges, The entire network is located outside your home. Except to have specific sheaths, the terminal will have to stay outside, even under the snow !

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Unfortunately, Starlink does not yet offer WiFi 6 or WiFi 6e, We will have to be satisfied with WiFi 5 (AC), which is not ideal for passing the large outdoor walls. To overcome this problem, you can do like us and order a second terminal, to have meshed (mesh), but still in WiFi 5.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Another solution to adopt faster wifi, take the Ethernet option (still outside), and stick a more recent terminal to it with buttocks. Because from our 240Mbps outside, we easily drop to 20 or 30mbps with the default installation ! In short, take at least a second wifi terminal, just to lose three -quarters of the flow !

Starlink in camping, Vanlife ?

The interest of the satellite is to be mobile throughout the territory ! Except that Starlink is linked to your address ! Indeed, it is impossible to move the antenna, except a few tens of meters maximum -check your neighbor, but no further !

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

With a small supplement of 20 €/month, it is therefore possible to move your antenna on the whole continent European (but not beyond). Practical to go on vacation in an isolated house, camping or for a little vanlife through Europe during the summer.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Be careful, The terminal requires between 40 and 75W of power, which is quite high. If you do not have an external socket (camping for example), it will therefore take a good battery to hold several days in a row without flank.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

I therefore advise you At least one Ecoflow River 2 Pro for a guaranteed day and rather a Jackery 1500 Pro to be quiet for 2/3 days. With a small solar panel, you can even be completely independent, but the bill begins to climb ! Do not hesitate to consult our article on the best nomadic battery to choose your power/capacity.

The fact remains to have 200mbps in our ID.Buzz in the middle of the pampa was a fairly nice experience, strongly the California version of this little electric van !

Starlink: how much does it cost ?

Starlin pricesk have varied a lot in recent years. At the beginning of 2023, the prices were as follows;

50 €/month For the basic offer
€ 300 for equipment basic or 15 €/month
No flow limit (in any case in Europe)
• 20 €/month to move (vacation etc.))
• World offer at 200 €/month

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

At 50 €/month, it remains more expensive than a fiber offer, But comparable to unlimited 4G packages (far too rare by the way). Starlink is therefore competitive, especially since the sum remains modest with regard to potential gains (telework, tele-medicine. ))

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

Even the followers of life in van and campsite will appreciate being able to punctually subscribe to the mobile offer, During the summer for example -annual costs, on the other hand, remain quite high in front of 4G.

Assessment: should you subscribe to Starlink ?

After 6 months to use Starlink, it must be admitted, the Elon Musk system is already very mature and perfectly successful.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

If for the moment it does especially very comfortable parachute service while waiting for the fiber (which remains more efficient), We must not underestimate what awaits us: the next generation of satellites should be able to connect to smartphones, cars (cuckoo tesla) and any object with an adapted antenna. It is even possible that flows one day exceed those of 5G or even fiber, which could upset a whole market.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

The only faults, in addition to the slightly chaotic wifi, remain the possible cuts, mainly linked to obstruction problems. On a clear ground, once the antenna is well placed, the whole has shown exceptional reliability, especially since the hardware is really robust despite the sometimes capricious weather.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

The forgotten French campaigns will therefore be able to find a normal life Thanks to Starlink, and enjoy network games, high definition films, Visio. In short, digital life as it takes shape for the whole world at all connected to.

Starlink test: flow, price, reliability, vanlife. A normal life to the forgotten of fiber?

If you hesitate to switch to Elon Musk, you can try Starlink for 1 € for a month, and for 15 €+50 € the following months (all without obligation). In short, you have no excuse to try the experience and believe me, you will not be disappointed !

After chaotic beginnings (flow limits, high prices, cuts), Starlink finally offers an affordable, reliable and effective offer for the forgotten of fiber optics ! With flows around 200/40Mbps, modern services (streaming, games, visio. ) are finally within everyone’s reach, especially in the countryside and even in the mountains. Only prerequisites: having a good clearance of the sky, at the risk of having a few cuts.