Recently, some SpaceX Starlink test users have begun to share their experience of using SpaceX Starlink on platforms such as major website forums. A user named Wandering-coder posted a detailed post on SpaceX Starlink out-of-the-box testing experience on Reddit.
This netizen brought the new Starlink device and portable power supply to a national forest in Idaho. He said he deliberately tested it in a less than ideal environment, such as under trees, fences, houses, and thick clouds. The result left a deep impression on him. He said: “It feels like coming from the future… I was surprised by how it works.”
He conducted a real-time video call and some tests in a shooting range. His mobile phone used Google Fi, but he could not get the services of any mobile phone operator through Google Fi. However, Starlink completed real-time video calls and tests in this place where there is no mobile phone signal. As previously expected, Starlink failed to perform its best due to some obstructions.
Then he placed the Starlink user terminal/satellite antenna on the ground in a relatively open place in the forest. Wandering-coder conducted a speed test. The test measured a download speed of 120Mbps, an upload speed of 12Mbps, and a delay of 37ms.
In addition to testing in the wild, this user also shared some feelings and photos when unpacking the box at home.
He put the satellite dish on the ground. When there is a “certain obstacle” between the satellite dish and the sky, his download speed is 135Mbps, the upload speed is 25Mbps, and the delay time is 21ms. He also tested the user terminal at different locations that severely obstructed the line of sight, such as “bad weather”, “treetops”, “fences” and “houses”. Even in this case, the download speed of the device can still reach 46Mbps. The upload speed can reach 15Mbps, and the delay is 41ms.
He said that other operations are very simple. The antenna automatically adjusts the level and positioning . The startup process takes about 1 minute, and then it takes 1 minute to 15 minutes for automatic positioning, so it is basically plug and play. There is a live Ethernet cable from the antenna array to the power supply, and a live Ethernet cable from the power supply to the router. Except for manually placing the device on the roof and setting the Wi-Fi name and password, no settings are required, and all tricky tasks are automated.
Then he mainly used it to test the use of streaming media and video conferencing. It means that a Samsung 4K smart TV was connected to the network and it was streamed for several hours through YoutubTV and Amazon Prime Video. In youtube, and the picture quality is HD+, after about 10 minutes, the limited buffer time lasted intermittently for less than one second; in addition to streaming, he also performed media downloads and video chats without any problems or delays . Due to the satellite switch, there was indeed an interruption in the video after 5 minutes. When the interruption occurs, open the application and it will report the next time to reconnect to another satellite (15 seconds). After a while, it will automatically reconnect and you can continue the video call without other interference.
He said: ” Through this service, streaming media, low-latency video conferencing and games can be easily accessed . Even the Beta version seems to underestimate the performance of Starlink, so I am looking forward to its real maturity.”
In addition, a Montana resident also released the results of the Starlink speed test. The download speed was 174Mbps, the upload speed was 33Mbps, and the delay was 39ms. The Beta tester wrote on Reddit: “In rural Montana, our choice remains on the global information network, and the emergence of Starlink will rewrite the rules of the game.”