Starlink’s Internet-from-SpaceX service has gone mobile with a brand-new Portability feature. For an additional monthly charge, Starlink subscribers can now take their ‘dishy’ anywhere on their house continent that provides active Internet coverage. That opens-up connection to remote locations that will never ever be covered by 5G — a potential boon to the increasing numbers of work-from-anywhere types generated by the CoViD-19 pandemic.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reacted to one pleased Starlink camper saying, “Starlink is awesome for RV’s, camping or any activity away from cities.”
Starlink doesn’t support use while driving yet, however the business says it’s actively working on an option for moving cars. Musk has formerly tweeted about working-on a power-efficient option that can plug into an automobile’s 12V cigarette lighter and still maintain connection. That hasn’t stopped some owners utilizing a bit of hackery to check Starlink on speeding vehicles — with diverse success.
Power usage is an important consideration when living and boondocking off your car’s battery. Starlink draws between 60–70W, according to Jeff Geerling, an improvement on the 80–100W draw from just a year ago.
Starlink is using Portability on a ‘best effort basis,’ the business says, with users at their registered service addresses getting priority for network resources. “When you bring your Starlink to a new location, this prioritization may result in degraded service, particularly at times of peak usage or network congestion,” as noted on the Starlink assistance page.
Existing Starlink clients can add Portability from their account page which then instantly becomes active.