Yes, Starlink satellite internet works with VPNs.
Satellite internet usually runs into problems if you attempt to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. The problem is latency. It’s the amount of time it takes for data to get from your computer to the destination you’re trying to reach and then back again. Most satellite internet companies have their satellites in orbit about 22,300 miles above the Earth’s surface, putting them into geostationary orbit and giving them excellent range. Even though the signals sent to and from the satellites travel at the speed of light, there still ends up being a delay of a little over half a second. VPNs need to have a low latency connection to function properly, so they don’t usually get along very well with satellite internet.
Starlink has decided to put its satellites in low-earth orbit, roughly 500 miles above Earth’s surface. This provides a much lower latency than traditional satellites, but it does drastically reduce the range of each satellite. That’s why Starlink works well with VPNs, but its also why it still has very limited availability. Starlink has about 1800 satellites in orbit so far out of a proposed 42,000. So, while it does help with latency and VPN compatibility, it’s still going to be a while before it’s widespread enough to overcome the drawbacks of low-earth orbit.
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