Starlink offers two distinct plans for recreational travelers and home internet users. In this guide, I will analyze the differences between Starlink RV and Residential: performance features, hardware costs, ordering details as well as billing information. By evaluating these components of each plan you can identify which is best suited to your needs before making a decision.
Starlink RV Service Explained
Starlink RV service is designed for travelers who are on the road and need an internet connection. It is a satellite-based internet service that uses low latency satellites to provide high speeds. The service allows users to access the web while they’re driving or camping in rural areas, where traditional cable or DSL services may not be available. Starlink RV offers download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and uploads of up to 10 Mbps, with average latency around 20-50 milliseconds – which is comparable to fiber optics in urban environments.
The hardware costs for Starlink RV are relatively affordable compared to residential plans. The basic kit includes an antenna dish, a mounting bracket, power supply and router for $499. Additional equipment can be purchased at additional cost, including a larger antenna dish, additional power supplies and routers.
The ordering process is relatively straightforward. You can order online or call the customer service number to get started. The installation process typically takes around 2-3 days and a technician will need to come out to your RV and install the hardware.
Once you’re all set up, billing is simple. You can choose between monthly or yearly plans from $135/month depending on your specific needs.
Starlink RV 50-75w Dishy $599 equipment, $135/mo
Starlink RV 110–150w Dishy $2500 equipment, $135/mo
Starlink Residential Service Explained
Starlink Residential is designed for those who want to use the internet at home. It uses low latency satellites to provide high speeds up to 150 Mbps download and 15 Mbps uploads with average latency around 25-50 milliseconds – which is comparable to fiber optics in urban environments.
The hardware costs for Starlink Residential are slightly more expensive than RV service but still relatively affordable. The basic kit includes an antenna dish, a mounting bracket, power supply and router for $599. Additional equipment can be purchased at additional cost including larger antenna dishes, additional power supplies and routers.
The ordering process for Starlink Residential is relatively straightforward as well. You can order online or call the customer service number to get started. The installation process typically takes around 2-3 days and a technician will need to come out to your home and install the hardware.
Once you’re all set up, billing is simple. You can choose between monthly or yearly plans ranging from $110-135/month depending on your specific needs.
Starlink Residential Standard Dishy $599 equipment, $110-135/mo
Starlink Residential High-Performance Dishy $2500 equipment, $110-135/mo
Starlink RV vs Starlink Residential: What are the differences?
When it comes to performance features, both Starlink RV and Residential offer similar speeds and latencies. The main difference is the cost of hardware for the two plans, with RV service being slightly more affordable. Additionally, ordering and installation processes are relatively straightforward for both services.
- RV users have the unique benefit of pausing their Starlink subscription when not using it, saving money on service fees. Residential customers cannot pause but must instead cancel – risking a long waitlist to regain access if capacity is full.
- With Residential Starlink systems, users have the ability to transfer their hardware and benefit from a vibrant used market. You can purchase pre-owned dishes with ease and enjoy service that is registered in your name; if you decide it’s not for you anymore, simply resell it! However, RV editions of Starlink cannot be transferred at this point – regrettably meaning no access to the cost-saving advantages of purchasing secondhand.
Ultimately, when deciding between the two services you will need to consider what type of user you are (RV traveler or home internet user) as well as how much you’re willing to spend on hardware costs and what kind of contract length you prefer. With a bit of research and consideration, you can find the perfect Starlink package for your needs.
We hope this article has helped you decide between Starlink RV and Starlink Residential services. If you have any questions or need more help deciding, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time – we are here to help!
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