December 6, 2023

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Hello WiFi 6 router, goodbye auto-routing antenna

Hello WiFi 6 router, goodbye auto-routing antenna

Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet company, has a path to Only four yearsbut in this short period of time it has managed to position itself as one of the most important companies in this sector (although not everyone is satisfied with its services).

Before the end of the year, in parallel with the launch of new satellites, SpaceX presented the third generation of the Starlink installation kit, that is, the equipment that customers receive when contracting for the service. Here is all the news.

Starlink launches antenna and router

As we say, the Starlink suite consists of several elements, but we will start with the main one: Antenna. This generation features some interesting changes. The satellite dish is now thinner, but also larger. Let’s see what its exact measurements are.

According to the official website, the width of the previous generation is maintained at 30.3cm, but the height grows from 51.3cm to 59.4cm. Likewise, the antenna is only 3.97cm thick since the automated auto-guiding mechanism has been eliminated.

The latter means that, unlike the second generation satellite dish, users must point the antenna Manually. However, this is where the Starlink mobile app comes in, as it provides a step-by-step guide with exact parameters.

Starlink 3rd generation satellite dish

The antenna arrives with a simple support base and can be attached to an external mast. Starlink says that this is made possible, among other things, thanks to the fact that the antenna now has a 10% better field of view than the previous generation.

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Old Starlink 1 antenna

Starlink 2nd generation satellite dish

The antenna’s protection rating ranges from IP54 to IP67 Type 4 and promises to operate in a temperature range -30°C to 60°C. Likewise, it is designed to continue working even in the face of winds of up to 96 km/h.

Something that does not go unnoticed is the energy consumption. The second generation ranged from 50 to 75 watts, while the current generation ranges from 75 to 100 watts. We are facing greater consumption between generations, although not radically.

The kit also comes with a router with WiFi 6 (formerly WiFi 5), Tri-Band (formerly dual), and Two Ethernet LAN ports With removable cover. The device is compatible with Starlink Gen 2 and Gen 3 Mesh nodes, but is not compatible with third-party Mesh systems.

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Other items included in the box are the Starlink Gen 3 cable, power cable, and power supply. It should be noted that the generating set is still available, but no details have been provided on what standards Starlink will follow to send one or the other.

Images: SpaceX/Starlink

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