Elon Musk SpaceX Starlink Internet Beta
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Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX has gone live for some beta testers and compared to the current offerings in rural areas, it’s blazing fast. The constellation consists of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), working in combination with ground transceivers. Starlink beta will cost you $99 a month and then $499 upfront for the user terminal, mounting tripod, as well as router. Read more for an unboxing and speed test videos.



One beta tester, Wandering-coder on Reddit, said he achieved speeds of 135Mbps down and 25Mbps up with just 21ms latency when the dish was installed ground-level in a limited obstruction area. When placed in a ground-level area with significant obstruction (bad weather, treetops, fences, houses), he still managed to get 46Mbps download and 15Mbps upload speeds with 41ms latency. Now one thing we don’t know is what kind of speeds you can get if you install it on a roof.

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