Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
SpaceX Introduces New Starlink Dish for Residential Users

SpaceX has unveiled a new Starlink dish designed specifically for residential users, promising improved broadband quality. The company recently released specifications, images, and videos of the new dish on, shortly after receiving FCC clearance to sell the hardware. One major change is the elimination of the rotating antenna present in previous versions of the Starlink residential dish. The new model only requires direct exposure to the sky to receive satellite internet, making it more user-friendly. However, an optional “pipe adapter” mount is available for those who prefer to install the dish on their rooftops.

The new Starlink dish is slightly taller than its predecessor, measuring 23.4 inches in length and 11.9 inches in width. It also boasts a higher waterproof rating at IP67, making it dustproof and able to withstand shallow water immersion for up to 30 minutes. Additionally, its power consumption has increased, ranging from 75 to 100 watts, compared to the previous model’s consumption of 50 to 75 watts.

Although the Starlink website does not provide specific details on performance, SpaceX stated in an FCC filing that the new dish offers a high-performance solution for consumers, surpassing the capabilities of its previously authorized fixed user terminal models. SpaceX intends to bundle the dish with the new “Gen 3” router, which features Wi-Fi 6 and includes two Ethernet ports. However, pricing and availability for the new dish have not yet been announced.

The Starlink website refers to the new dish as the “Standard” dish, indicating that it may eventually replace the existing second-generation residential dish, which has been renamed “Standard actuated” due to its rotating antenna. In September, SpaceX obtained FCC approval to sell a smaller Starlink dish, but details regarding this product have not yet been released on the Starlink website.