Imagine you’ve arrived at a beautiful blue lake in the upper northeast corner Utah. It’s a gorgeous, sunny day in the mid 70s. A gentle breeze and puffy cumulus clouds hint at a brewing storm. But for now, life is perfect. You think to yourself, With this view, surrounded by nature, I could just live here. But you can’t. Work expects your pretty face to make an appearance online for a Zoom chat in 24 hours, and there’s no cell service. None. You can’t even show Instagram your awesome view. It’s just you and the birds.
Until now. Starlink, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s SpaceX-developed satellite internet service, is now available for RVs, campers, vans, expedition vehicles, overland vehicles, and other large vehicles, making connectivity possible in the remotest of locations. Work, call for help, or text mom—from mostly anywhere.
Starlink for RVs provides immediate access to high-speed, low-latency internet wherever there’s Starlink coverage, which is pretty decent in remote and rural areas that may not have adequate coverage. You can check out a map of coverage on the Starlink website. For our lakeview boondocking example above, Starlink would work.
The connectivity provided by Starlink for RVs is not free, but neither is the adventure rig it goes with. There’s a one-time hardware cost of $599, which includes everything needed to get online in minutes. It costs $135 per month, about double an average internet bill. Fixed Starlink is $110 per month, and a Portability feature adds $25, making Starlink for RVs and Starlink with Portability cost the same at $135. But, you can pause and up-pause Starlink for RV service depending on when you need it active.
Starlink for RVs is not designed for use while in motion and requires a clear view of the sky to connect. The Starlink App can help with determining best placement. And since the antenna is big, Starlink for RVs isn’t a good fit for cars.
You may run low on fresh water in the middle of nowhere, but at least you’ll still have internet so you can browse where to fill up.
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