Starlink is the name of the constellation of satellites that provide satellite internet access anywhere on the planet. The service, deployed and popularized by SpaceX, of which Elon Musk is president and CEO, is now widely deployed for VR in several European countries, U.S. states and Canadian provinces including most of Quebec.
True high-speed web VR and camping is now possible, and it must be said, but it’s time!
We’ve all heard of Starlink, these famous satellites in orbit that allow us to have connections from everywhere, personally deployed by Mr.’s American company. Telsa, Elon Musk.
The problem so far has been the difficulty of installation, which is permanent.
Now, Starlink is coming up with a solution for recreational vehicles and it will delight many people, both people in RVs and those in campgrounds where owners are preventing suppliers from going to installed on the site.
Starlink, the satellite internet developed by SpaceX, is now available in Quebec for RVs.
A great advancement in technology …
If the Starlink satellite internet project was first announced by SpaceX in 2015, it was only in 2021 that it acquired its ASN number that officially considers it as an internet service provider.
Now officially available for VR, users can expect high-speed, low-latency internet in the available areas found on the manufacturer’s website.
This is a huge advantage, for nomads and for adventurers like me or for avid campers, because Starlink gives us Internet access almost anywhere in North America.
An overview of where Starlink is available in North America.
We agree that from a technological point of view, this is a great development. In fact, in any destination where Starlink offers coverage to work and play, even in the most remote areas.
In addition, Starlink also added the option for travelers to roam without having to change their service address.
Let’s just say that for those who work six months in Quebec and six months in the South, it really changes the situation!
Usually, you need to run your wires on the roof or on the side of the vehicle when you want to connect the antenna.
One must also secure an internal or external storage box as the gadget cannot be used on the move.
Another big plus: even though the service was a bit expensive, Starlink offered us to pay as we went.
Typically, VR users have the ability to pause and resume their service at any time for a monthly fee.
It allows users to customize their service to suit their individual travel needs and that is a rare commodity in the world of telecommunications.
Although available for RVs, Starlink is unfortunately not available on the move.
… That is still not perfect solution
Unfortunately, Starlink is far from the perfect solution. The biggest problem is it doesn’t work when moving, or if there are trees or obstruction.
This is pretty impractical when you’re in an RV, on a converted bus or on a truck you made home.
Since Starlink requires a clear and direct view of the sky without obstruction to connect, this means that once you are parked you have to go out to install it every time and ensure good reception.
Fortunately, it is possible to download the Starlink app for iOS and Android to determine the best place for your location.
If it seems to need more adaptation in the beginning, the comments are usually positive and the pose doesn’t look like magic.
Then there’s the whole price question. Not surprisingly, getting Starlink isn’t cheap. We’re talking about a material cost of $ 759 to equip, then a monthly payment of $ 170.
True that may seem expensive, but you need to look at it as an investment. When you are nomadic or you are often on the road, internet access is never offered.
Buy a cellular plan to work efficiently from anywhere? That, too, is worth an arm and a leg.
In other words, right now, it’s true that Starlink isn’t for everyone. However, if we have a lot on the road, have a house in the south or only spend about half of our year at a campsite, it’s a “think about it”.
In addition, we will tell each other, but in telecommunications companies that offer the possibility to pause and re-activate the service at any time, nothing else.
Learn more about Starlink’s offer for RVs
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