Mounting a Starlink satellite dish, also known as a Starlink user terminal, on your house involves several steps. Keep in mind that the specifics can vary depending on your house’s layout and the kit provided by Starlink. Here’s a general guide to help you:
- Unboxing and Preparing the Kit
- Choosing the Right Location
- Mounting Options
- Installation Process
- Alignment and Configuration
- Safety Considerations
- Ongoing Maintenance
Unboxing and Preparing the Kit
Open the Starlink kit and ensure all components are present. Typically, this includes the satellite dish, a mounting tripod, a Wi-Fi router, a power supply, and cables.
Choosing the Right Location
- The dish needs a clear view of the sky to communicate with the Starlink satellites. Avoid obstructions like trees, buildings, or other obstacles.
- Use the Starlink app to find the best installation spot. The app often includes an augmented reality (AR) feature to help identify areas with a clear view of the sky.
- Roof Mount: This is a common choice for many users. Ensure you have the correct roof mount if the standard tripod isn’t suitable. Be cautious about roof work and consider hiring a professional if you’re not experienced.
- Starlink Short Wall Mount
- Starlink Long Wall Mount
- Starlink Roof Mount
- Starlink Non-Penetrating Roof Mount
- Starlink Roof Peak Mount
- Starlink Offset Wall Mount
- Ground Mount: If roof mounting isn’t an option, you can install it on the ground, provided there’s an unobstructed view of the sky.
- Starlink Portable Mount
- Pole Mount: In some cases, mounting the dish on a pole might be beneficial. Make sure the pole is stable and capable of holding the dish’s weight.
- Starlink Pole Mount
If you have a Starlink account you can see all the different Starlink mounts available in their shop.
- Assemble the Dish: Follow the instructions to assemble the dish and mount it on the chosen base (tripod, roof mount, etc.).
- Route the Cables: Plan how to route the cables from the dish to the Wi-Fi router inside your house. Ensure the cables are securely fixed and protected from environmental factors.
- Connect to Power and Router: Connect the dish to the power supply and the Wi-Fi router. The Starlink kit usually comes with a proprietary router.
Alignment and Configuration
- Once powered, the Starlink dish automatically aligns itself to communicate with the satellites.
- Use the Starlink app to complete the setup and configuration of your internet connection.
- Electrical Safety: Be cautious when working with electrical components.
- Height Safety: If you’re working at height (like on a roof), use appropriate safety gear and procedures, or hire a professional.
- Weather Considerations: Don’t install during adverse weather conditions.
- After installation, test the connection for stability and speed.
- Adjust the placement if you face connectivity issues, ensuring a clearer view of the sky.
- Regularly check the dish for debris, snow, or damage.
- Make sure the connections remain secure over time.
Always refer to the specific instructions provided with your Starlink kit, as these general steps might not cover all details or updates to the installation process. If you’re not comfortable with the installation, consider hiring a professional or reaching out to Starlink’s customer support for guidance.