I wanted to share some additional insights I’ve garnered on Starlink service. Some of it from a YouTube video / its description (Thanks to Phil Armishaw for posting it in a comment on my December Starlink update), and some from a support ticket I opened with Starlink.
- Do I get a public IP address with Starlink?
- Not at this time. Starlink uses Carrier Grade Network Address Translation ( CGNAT ). This is the same technology used by cellular carriers and commonly uses an IP in the 100.64.0.0/10 range.
- Can I take my Starlink Terminal on a trip and maintain service at my destination?
- Only if your trip is relatively close to your home location. Currently, Starlink Satellites operate in a ‘cell’ restricted mode. This means that the Satellite passing overhead knows what cell it’s in, and which User Terminals should be serviced in that cell. Once the Satellite passes to the next cell, it’s list of User Terminals changes to provide service to those that should be in the new cell. Thus, if you stay inside your cell, you will continue to have at least some level of service. As you move further outside your cell, the speeds will quickly drop off to nothing.
- Can I update my service address if I’ve moved permanently?
- Apparently, yes! In a support ticket I opened, Starlink support asked for my current address in effort to check coverage at my new location and alter my service cell. ( Las Vegas is not a current active cell though… )
- Can I pause service until it’s available in my new location?
- At this time, you can cancel service if you move out of a coverage area. Once service is available in your new location, you can re-activate your existing terminal.
- Can I sell my Starlink Terminal?
- Starlink Terminals are non-transferable. Thus, you could technically sell it, but the buyer would not be able to activate service with it.
- Can my Starlink Terminal have a firmware upgrade without being in the service cell?
- No, the User Terminal must be in a service area for the dish to get any firmware upgrade. The Starlink WiFi Router can get an update if you plug another internet source into its WAN port.
So, they’re making progress — you can transfer service ( as long as the service is available ), and you can re-activate service if you’ve cancelled it, once service is available.
I know Elon tweeted in 2020 that coverage above the 30th parallel would be achieved by Jan 2021.. that seems to have slipped a bit as expected, but I would bet it’ll be available by Q3 2021 to that latitude.