Starlink, the satellite Internet service of Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, has just opened access to its most expensive high-performance dish for residential areas. Previously, this option was limited to business users, but now anyone who can afford it can grab one.
For those who don’t know, Starlink is high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet available in most areas (even remote locations) around the world. It’s the internet from space, thanks to satellites. Starlink’s residential option costs $599 for the satellite dish, then costs users $110 per month for Internet access. It offers decent speeds between 50 and 200 Mbps.
And while those aren’t blazing-fast internet speeds, it’s far better than anything else available in various areas of the world.
This week, the company updated its website and now allows regular customers to purchase the more expensive “high-performance” chainring. This option offers faster internet speeds thanks to a high-gain antenna, can see more satellites for stable connectivity, and is more durable to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Starlink’s high-performance tier can reach speeds between 150-300 Mbps, has lower latency, and is simply a better dish all the way around. Unfortunately, it will cost you $2,500 (a one-time fee) for the dish, but luckily the price remains the same: $110 per month for Internet access.
Basically, Starlink is potentially bringing its faster tier internet to everyone where previously it was only available to business customers. However, it is worth noting that the website does not clearly state those higher speeds (150-300) on the residential page, only on the business side.
So while this doesn’t guarantee you’ll get faster Starlink internet, with such an expensive satellite with better specs, that’s the expectation. I guess we will have to wait and see.