SpaceX has released a new version of the Starlink terminal that offers enhanced features and improved performance. The new Starlink Standard terminal boasts a slimmer design, simpler setup, and a broader field of view compared to its predecessor.
Unlike the previous model, the new terminal does not require a motor for installation. Instead, it comes with a kickstand, making it easier to set up and position. SpaceX has also increased the terminal’s weather resistance rating from IP54 to IP67. This means it is now dust-proof and can withstand being submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without suffering any damage. Additionally, the terminal can operate in winds exceeding 60MPH.
The updated Wi-Fi router that comes with the terminal has also undergone significant improvements. It now sits on its long edge, providing better stability. The router features two coverable ethernet LAN ports and one ethernet WAN port for connection to the terminal. Unlike the previous model, which had no ethernet ports, the new router offers enhanced connectivity options. Furthermore, the router has been upgraded to a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 device, offering improved speeds and performance compared to the previous dual-band Wi-Fi 5 model. The new router can cover an area of up to 3,200 square feet, surpassing the coverage range of the older model, which was limited to 2,000 square feet.
The new Starlink Standard terminal is currently available by invitation only to a small group of early customers in the US. SpaceX will also offer mounts for customers who prefer to secure the terminal in place.
These updates to the Starlink terminal and router aim to provide users with better range, speeds, and overall connectivity. As SpaceX continues to refine its Starlink service, it is expected that more enhancements and improvements will be introduced in the future.