Satellite internet service uses signals between satellites and user terminal dishes. Because of this, it can be vulnerable to weather in the atmosphere and on the ground. Other kinds of internet like cable also can be interrupted by storms, high winds, and eruptions.

Starlink has increased internet reliability by reducing weather-related interference. Weather resilience includes engineered features on satellite dishes, installation guidance, and planned upgrades.

Installing Starlink Dishes to Increase Reliability in Weather

Starlink provides installation guidance with dish kits so you can get the best reception possible. By considering regional weather across a typical year during installation, you can troubleshoot potential disruptions. Consider:

Starlink Dish Engineering Features Combat Bad Weather

Starlink dishes are designed to function from -22 to 122 F or -30 to 50 C. Dishes have been tested to withstand rain, hail, heat, and snow.

Dishes include elements to melt snow from the surface, clearing obstruction. Snow drifts around the dish may cause interference. Starlink dishes also repel water. Periods of heavy rain in the atmosphere may slow speeds.

In hot climates, Starlink dishes protect their hardware by initiating thermal shutdown if the dish reaches 122 F. This temporarily interrupts service while the dish cools.

Plans to “Ruggedize” Starlink Dishes for Extreme Weather

Starlink submitted requests for FCC approval of a dish model “ruggedized” to withstand extreme conditions. The weather-resilient dish plans include fixed locations as well as mobile locations like RVs or boats. Unlike standard residential dishes, Starlink proposes that high-performance dishes be installed by trained technicians.

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