SpaceX announces Starlink for RVs, with no wait for dishes

SpaceX has announced a “Starlink for RVs” Internet service and at this time there is no waiting list for dishes.

“At this time there is no waiting list – all orders are shipped shortly after the order is placed,” SpaceX says on its website.

With an influx of orders expected, SpaceX can’t promise a fast delivery for long. The company added, “Delivery is subject to network and equipment availability.”

SpaceX says the new RV service will be ideal for those who want to take an Internet connection with them when they hit the road. RV adventures, weekend camping trips, and second home stays are listed as typical instances where the new service would be helpful.

Starlink for RVs can be used anywhere Starlink provides service and is ideal for camping and other activities in rural or remote locations where internet access was unreliable or completely unavailable →

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 23, 2022

Starlink RV service subscribers must pay $599 for the dish and $135 per month for the Internet connection. Compared to the cost of the long-standing residential service, the hardware costs are the same, but the monthly fee is $110. Starlink for RVs also offers the option to pause and unsubscribe the service so that users can continue their service. adapt to their individual travel needs and thereby better control their spending.

However, there are a few things to consider. For example, Starlink broadband only works where SpaceX provides active internet coverage. Also, connectivity isn’t available while a vehicle is in motion (although some determined customers have apparently made it happen). SpaceX is working on adding this to the service.

Starlink for RV’s also offers a “best effort service”. In other words, network resources will be given less priority compared to other Starlink services, which SpaceX says will result in “degraded service and slower speeds in crowded areas and during peak hours.” It adds that “listed speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed” during peak times, explaining that the degradation of the service will be most extreme in areas listed as “waiting list” locations (for the regular Starlink Service), which can be viewed on the Starlink Availability Map. Basically, customers can expect download speeds of between 5 Mbps and 100 Mbps when the service is stretched, compared to between 50 Mbps and 250 Mbps with the regular service.

Starlink recently launched a Residential+Portability (R+P) service, which is a bit different from Starlink for motorhomes. SpaceX says R+P is ideal for customers who travel a few months a year and can use the same dish. Existing Starlink customers can add Portability for $25 per month in addition to the $110 monthly residential fee. At the residential service address, Portable customers will have access to maximum internet speeds, but as with RVs, slower speeds may occur in busy areas and during peak times. Notably, there is no pause option available with R+P.

Customers can try Starlink for motorhomes for up to 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with the service, SpaceX offers a full refund of the hardware costs.

SpaceX’s Starlink internet service is powered by a network of about 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit. Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starlink currently has more than 250,000 customers in about 25 countries, with more coming online this year.

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