SpaceX Starlink Online and Performance Review (US Midwest, mid 2022)

Last year, it subscribed to SpaceX’s satellite internet service Starlink in hopes of using it to replace the internet connection used to power the Phoronix. After months of using Starlink and implementing thousands of standards the Starlink in the US Midwest / Chicagoland has proven to be reliable but performance can be somewhat choppy and it was frustrating at first waiting for some Starlink accessories to ship, but the self service nature and simplicity of setup was great.

My initial goal with Starlink was to replace Comcast’s Internet service with Starlink as my primary Internet connection. Comcast in my area has become increasingly unreliable with more internet outages lately, Starlink will be a bit cheaper (initially $99 but prices have since gone up to $110, still better than $140 for Comcast internet only with no cap for data), admiring the self-service nature of the Starlink setup. After months of testing, at this point Starlink is ramping up my internet connection to offload some systems and IoT devices to it and use as a backup during Comcast downtimes. However, speeds at the moment were so unreliable that they consistently outperformed a Comcast cable internet connection – at least for the US Midwest/Chicagoland area.

After originally ordering the Starlink Kit last year, it was informed earlier this year of availability – a quarter faster than expected. That was great and the $599 set shipped right away. Unfortunately for the updated Starlink Kit, the router/user base station is WiFi only without an Ethernet port. The Starlink Kit Ethernet Adapter is available for purchase separately at $25. When ordering the kit, I also ordered the Starlink Ethernet Adapter, Starlink Pipe Adapter, Starlink Short Wall Mount, and Starlink Cable Routing Kit with not initially positioned. This resulted in my first headache with availability on Starlink accessories. While the Starlink Kit has delays in availability that are understandable with supply chain issues and semiconductor shortages, it was surprising that the Starlink Pipe Adapter and Starlink Wall Mount Kit were not immediately available…as of writing, four months later it appears to be the case Availability may have decreased because Starlink Shop reports that these accessories are now available. Originally, I waited several weeks trying to order different accessories only to cancel orders when they were not fulfilled within the estimated shipping windows.

Since the wall mount and tube adapter were not available at the time after weeks of waiting, I decided to just mount it to my ceiling mount. The roof slope is rather shallow and simply uses a few screws (and roof waterproofing patches) with the standard Starlink base. The Starlink Kit was easy to operate. Setup was hassle-free and with the Starlink Android app it was easy to get everything started. It was a great setup experience and I loved the simplicity of the self-install.

But then the wife did not like that the location of the Starlink dish was visible on the roof …

So after removing it and patching the holes, I waited a while for the Starlink installer kit to be available, and tired of waiting, I ended up ordering Winegard DS2000A Universal 22″ Stand (Amazon.com, affiliate link). This satellite wall mount ended up working fine and without any issues with your Starlink satellite dish installation. The shed side installation was easy and the wife preferred the location. I wish I had originally known a Starlink Satellite was compatible with this carrier rather than waiting weeks for official Starlink accessories…but now I know and luckily for new customers, availability seems to have eased.

Once you had the necessary hardware, setting up the Starlink was great and easy. No complaints from that perspective and enjoying self catering without supervision and the burden of having to deal with a utility company. But now for Starlink’s performance…


Before sealing the outer hole which was previously filled with spray and cleaning foam.


The wires were then routed to my ceiling where the Starlink base station/router was attached.

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