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Old 12-16-2022, 08:51 AM   #1051
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I have the same setup you have, brandss - residential with portability, plus mesh. Right now, I'm on the residential service, because this is our 3 month stretch in the house. At this moment, I'm getting an average of 139 down. We're 45 minutes east of Phoenix.

Before we got to Arizona, we were in Santa Fe for a couple months, and at that time, I was on RV service. I got an average of 125 to 25, depending on the time of day. (Thereafter, we switched to Residential plus Portability).

I also have a couple hotspots for back up, overnight stops, and for use while driving, but even at its worst, so far, Starlink has always been better for me than what I get from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile.
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How did you switch from RV back to Residential?
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Old 12-16-2022, 12:44 PM   #1053
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Can anyone tell me if starlink works presently in central Alabama for residential between auburn Al and Alexander city Al? And is it already available for the above areas?

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I have the same setup you have, brandss - residential with portability, plus mesh. Right now, I'm on the residential service, because this is our 3 month stretch in the house. At this moment, I'm getting an average of 139 down. We're 45 minutes east of Phoenix.

Before we got to Arizona, we were in Santa Fe for a couple months, and at that time, I was on RV service. I got an average of 125 to 25, depending on the time of day. (Thereafter, we switched to Residential plus Portability).

I also have a couple hotspots for back up, overnight stops, and for use while driving, but even at its worst, so far, Starlink has always been better for me than what I get from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile.
What is the difference between Residential plus portability and RV?

I live at an address in Alabama but travel in the motorhome 2 to 4 months per year. I want starlink for the house but to also be able to take it with me when in the rv. So what is the difference? Price? Benefits?
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Old 12-16-2022, 05:09 PM   #1055
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How did you switch from RV back to Residential?
Last I read they dont have that option available yet, but plan to in the future.
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What is the difference between Residential plus portability and RV?

I live at an address in Alabama but travel in the motorhome 2 to 4 months per year. I want starlink for the house but to also be able to take it with me when in the rv. So what is the difference? Price? Benefits?
Last I read portability allows you to use the service away from your home base area IF there is bandwidth available. In other words it is possible to be denied service in a really crowded area. Also will likely be downgraded service as home based users will be prioritized in the area you are visiting in.

RV plan guarantees service anywhere, but not prioritized and will be downgraded.

Bottom line, your performance will likely be better on portability than RV, but it would be possible to be denied service away from home base with portability. RV will always be downgraded and de-prioritized anywhere you go, but will always provide some service. Again, last I read, and subject to change at any time as more sats are deployed and coverage / capabilities expand.
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Old 12-17-2022, 12:22 AM   #1057
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Last I read portability allows you to use the service away from your home base area IF there is bandwidth available. In other words it is possible to be denied service in a really crowded area. Also will likely be downgraded service as home based users will be prioritized in the area you are visiting in.

RV plan guarantees service anywhere, but not prioritized and will be downgraded.

Bottom line, your performance will likely be better on portability than RV, but it would be possible to be denied service away from home base with portability. RV will always be downgraded and de-prioritized anywhere you go, but will always provide some service. Again, last I read, and subject to change at any time as more sats are deployed and coverage / capabilities expand.
Thanks for that explanation. So after doing RV you decided to swap to residential with portability. You must think it will be better? In my case I think it might as most of my year is spent at home and 2 to 4 months on the road…maybe. I guess RV could be used to at a residence?
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If it's available in your area, residential will be better vs rv, it has a higher priority. You can add portability to residential but cannot stop and start it, portability, from what I understand. As far as being denied service with portability if the area is full, that may be true, but I have not read a single thread where someone has been denied. Of course there are many threads about speed decreases, but remember, for most things, 5 down will do most everything most people need.
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Old 12-17-2022, 08:36 AM   #1059
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If it's available in your area, residential will be better vs rv, it has a higher priority. You can add portability to residential but cannot stop and start it, portability, from what I understand. As far as being denied service with portability if the area is full, that may be true, but I have not read a single thread where someone has been denied. Of course there are many threads about speed decreases, but remember, for most things, 5 down will do most everything most people need.
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Old 12-17-2022, 09:35 AM   #1060
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How did you switch from RV back to Residential?
I got lucky. I learned all the details about residential and portability, (largely thru this forum - thank all - plus several e-mail exchanges with Starlink support), within 30 days of buying RV service. So I was able to return and cancel the RV equipment/service, and buy residential. (Iíll activate Portability when we hit the road).

Unfortunately, as you know, they do not allow transferring from RV to Residential. I even told them I was still within the 30-day return window and would cancel RV and buy a new Residential, so why donít they just make the change in their records, rather than sending me a new dish, and Starlink paying return postage on what I had . . . but they said no, they couldnít just change their records - but I could return/cancel and place a new purchase order for Residential. So that's what I did, and I got the new dish & router before I even had to return the old one. (The equipment is the same).

Again, I got lucky, but the lesson to new buyers is to do your research and be sure you're buying the right program (RV vs. Residential/Portability) for you.
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Starlink disconnected

Hi,


I ran into the issue of having the error message "Starlink Disconnected".



While googling a solution I noticed that I wasn't alone.


In my case, the Starlink router sits on a tiny shelf inside a storage bay. I noticed that there was space underneath the network connector:


For a home installation that might be OK but for a traveling RV the network plug got loose with all the vibrations and shaking.
I put a piece of foam under the connector and the issue was resolved.


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Last I read portability allows you to use the service away from your home base area IF there is bandwidth available. In other words it is possible to be denied service in a really crowded area. Also will likely be downgraded service as home based users will be prioritized in the area you are visiting in.
From Starlink TOS / support website
What are the limitations on Portability?
Portability is provided on a best effort basis. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of services are not guaranteed. Starlink prioritizes network resources for users with Priority Access and those at their registered service address, as described by Starlink's Fair Use Policy.

Have been in 18 states "in 18 mts" and have never had service denied. slow speed yes, but never has it not connected.
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Can anyone tell me if starlink works presently in central Alabama for residential between auburn Al and Alexander city Al? And is it already available for the above areas?

Thanks!
you can use the link below to verify what is available for an address. Starlink cover the lower 48 - the speed will depend on the number of customers in a cell.


https://www.starlink.com/

Here is a good place to review all about starlink
https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gui...rlink-rv-boat/
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In the Settings for the Starlink App, there is now a SLEEP SCHEDULE where you can turn it on and set when you want it to sleep. For those wanting to save power, this will mean that it won't snow melt on the off hours or attempt to stay connected to sats and use power. If you are needing to conserve electricity (off-grid, boondocking, save a few dollars), you may want to set that and only run it during your typical usage hours.
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