Staying connected while on the road is more important now than ever. This has been frustrating for many nomads, but Elon Musk’s game-changing company, Starlink, is finally changing that.
When Starlink first hit the market, it wasn’t available to just anybody. Nomads of all ages were doing whatever they could to be one of the special ones with access to the Starlink network.
However, having a Starlink dish outside your RV or in a remote location won’t be all that special soon. Practically any nomad wanting to sign up for service will have access to it.
What Is Starlink?
Starlink is the first commercial satellite internet capable of delivering broadband speeds. This service allows those in remote locations to access an internet service with low latency and broadband-like speeds. Many users can ditch expensive alternatives that provide very unreliable or insufficient connections.
The Starlink service uses an army of low-earth orbiting satellites to deliver a consistent and reliable signal all over the globe. To maximize the quality and reliability of your signal, you’ll need a clear view of the sky. SpaceX is another company owned by Elon Musk, which is how the Starlink satellites get launched into space to orbit the earth.
Is Starlink Portable?
When Starlink first launched, its target market was people living in remote locations in the northern portion of the country. Users had to have a fixed location, and the Starlink network made no promises regarding service availability away from the home location.
However, now that Starlink has more satellites orbiting in space, they’re somewhat embracing portability.
Users wanting to move their service must pay an additional $25 monthly fee for the option of changing their home location. To ensure a quality experience for all users, Starlink limits the number of users in a given area.
So there’s a chance that an area may be at capacity and not accept any new users onto the network. Customers must find another available area to be their “home location.”
Is Starlink Expensive?
Many of Starlink’s first users were used to paying a premium price for sub-par internet service. They weren’t only battling painfully slow speeds, but data caps too. Paying $599 for the equipment and $110 per month for blazing speeds is a small price to pay when you have no other option.
For those users who live in more populated areas and have several options, Starlink likely isn’t the best option. You can often find services with faster speeds, less expensive equipment, and cheaper monthly fees.
However, if you plan to travel for extended periods, it may be worth taking it with you when you hit the road. It’s expensive but an excellent option for some people.
Why Do Nomads Need Starlink?
With the increase in remote work and education, nomads of all ages need a solid internet connection. Starlink opens the possibilities for nomads to work from the road and enjoy the many benefits of high-speed internet in extremely remote locations.
After a day of adventuring or work, nomads can unwind by playing online games, binge-watching their favorite shows, or video chatting with loved ones. One benefit of the nomadic lifestyle is the freedom to travel wherever, and Starlink makes that even more possible.
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Is Starlink Available to Everyone?
While Starlink continues to expand its network, it’s becoming more available to more users. However, availability isn’t currently for everyone, and some areas will need to wait until late 2023 to get service.
The faster SpaceX can launch satellites into space, the sooner service will be available to everyone on the planet.
Is Starlink Worth the Hype?
Many young adults today can’t remember life before the internet. We live in a time when you can find the answer to practically any question with a few simple clicks.
Starlink unlocks broadband speeds for those living in rural or remote locations where internet companies have yet to establish infrastructures. For people living in rural areas or enjoying the nomadic lifestyle, it’s most definitely worth the hype.
Starlink delivers speeds hundreds of times faster than satellite and cellular connections from Starlink’s competitors. However, it’s not a cost-effective option for internet service for those who live in urban environments where internet providers have established infrastructures.
You can typically find providers offering comparable speeds at half the price. You also don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment to use other services.
Because we’re fans of the nomadic lifestyle, we’re excited about the future of high-speed internet while on the road. We look forward to seeing how Starlink changes how people travel and live their lives. We expect to see more people embracing off-grid camping options, and we’ll likely see many of the best boondocking and dry camping sites becoming more crowded.
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