Starlink's internet satellite service has changed the satellite dish it used to offer and now offers a new rectangular, smaller and lighter dish. The new dish is currently limited to US customers.
During the entire “Better Than Nothing Beta” test, which began a year ago, the users of Starlink were limited to a circular dish 58 cm wide and weighing 7 kg, which was accompanied by a WiFi router with all the necessary cables and which presented from time to time various problems. That is changing now as Starlink prepares to launch a new dish with a different shape, size and specification.
The new rectangular plate It is 30 cm wide and 48 cm long and weighs about 4 kg, making it not only much smaller but also lighter, which can be useful for those who try to place it in inaccessible places. This new dish also offers new mounting options that allow users to install it on a vertical wall, roof or even on a pipe or pole.
Εκτός από το πιάτο, το νέο κιτ της Starlink συνοδεύεται επίσης από έναν δρομολογητή WiFi 3×3 MU-MIMO με protection IP54 (ανθεκτικό στο νερό), αλλά παραμένει για εσωτερική χρήση. Σε αντίθεση με τον παλαιότερο δρομολογητή, το power supply of the new router is built-in and curiously does not have a built-in Ethernet port. The latter can be solved by getting an Ethernet adapter through the Starlink store.
Like the original kit, the new kit should also cost $ 499, so there's a good chance Starlink will sell them at a loss. THE Starlink president Guinea Sotwell (Gwynne Shotwell) said the new kits cost just under $1.500, adding that the SpaceX "a new version just came out that saved about $200 off the cost."
The new kit is available for "all new orders placed in the United States," but seeing how long waiting times are due to increased demand may take some time for customers to pick up the new dish.
We should also say that the ccording Musk had stated that Starlink will be officially released in October, at least in America, marking the end of the "Better Than Nothing Beta" program. The thing is, we are already in the middle of November and we have not yet seen an announcement from the internet satellite service.