Starlink is the name of the satellite constellation that provides 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, US states and Canadian provinces, including most of Quebec.
The real high-speed web in VR and camping is now possible, and it must be said, but it’s about time!
We have all heard of Starlink, those famous satellites in orbit that allow us to have a connection from everywhere, deployed by the American company of Mr. Telsa personally, Elon Musk.
The problem until now was the difficulty of the installation, which is permanent.
Now Starlink is coming up with its solution for recreational vehicles and it will please a lot of people, both people in RVs and those in campgrounds where owners prevent vendors from coming to do installations on site.
Starlink, the satellite internet developed by SpaceX, is finally available in Quebec for RVs.
A major technological breakthrough…
If the Starlink satellite internet project was first announced by SpaceX in 2015, it wasn’t until 2021 that it got its ASN number officially considering it 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 big plus for both nomads and adventurers like me or avid campers, as Starlink gives us access to the Internet almost everywhere 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 advance. In fact, in any destination where Starlink has coverage to work and play, even in the most remote places.
In addition, Starlink has also added the option for travelers to roam without having to change their service address.
Let’s say that for those who do six months in Quebec and six months in the South, this really changes the situation!
Basically, you need to run the wires through the roof or side of the vehicle for when you want to connect the antenna.
One should also protect an internal or external storage box, because the gadget cannot be used on the move.
Another big plus: even though the service is quite expensive, Starlink offers us to pay as we go along.
Basically, 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 this is a rare commodity in the telecom world.
While available for VRs, Starlink is unfortunately not usable on the move.
…which is still not the perfect solution
Unfortunately, Starlink is far from the perfect solution. The biggest problem is that it doesn’t work in motion, or if there are trees or obstruction.
It’s a little less practical when you’re in a trailer, a converted bus, or simply a truck you’ve turned into a home.
As Starlink requires a clear, direct view of the unobstructed sky to connect, this means that once you’re parked, you’ll need to go outside to install it every time and ensure good reception.
Fortunately, you can download the Starlink app for iOS and Android to determine the best location for your location.
If it seems to require more adaptation at first, the comments are generally positive and the pose doesn’t feel like magic.
Then there’s the whole issue of price. Unsurprisingly, getting Starlink isn’t cheap. We’re talking a material cost of $759 to equip, then a monthly payment of $170.
It’s true that it may seem expensive, but you have to see it as an investment. When you are nomadic or travel a lot, having access to the internet is never taken for granted.
Buy a cellular plan to work efficiently from anywhere? This also costs an arm and a leg.
In short, at the moment it is true that Starlink is not for everyone. However, if we are on the road a lot, have a house in the south or simply spend almost half of our year at a campsite, it is a “think about it”.
In addition, we will inform ourselves, but of the telecommunications companies that offer the possibility of pausing and reactivating the service at any time, there are no others.
Learn more about Starlink’s offer for RVs
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