SpaceX on Monday launched Starlink for RVs (via Tesla North), an extension of its high-speed satellite broadband service designed specifically for those living in mobile homes or travelling around in recreational vehicles.
“Starlink for RVs is ideal for customers travelling to locations where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” details the Starlink for RVs website.
The Elon Musk-owned space exploration and rocketry company’s primary goal with Starlink has been bridging the connectivity gap in rural, remote, or otherwise underserved locations from the very beginning.
“Users can expect high speed, low latency internet in areas marked ‘Available’, and notably slower speeds during hours of peak usage in areas marked as ‘Waitlist’ or during events with many collocated users,” SpaceX explains on the website.
SpaceX has an availability map detailing the status of Starlink coverage across the globe. The service is currently accessible in 32 countries and, as of February, has surpassed 250,000 user terminals worldwide.
For a measure of the performance you can expect from Starlink for RVs under most conditions, median download speeds on Starlink handily exceeded those offered by all fixed broadband services in Canada during Q4 2021.
Starlink for RVs lets users pause and un-pause service at any time as per their needs, and billing takes place in one-month increments for additional convenience.
SpaceX says Starlink for RVs is “not designed for use while in motion.”
Musk clarified in a tweet that Starlink “does work on vehicles in motion, including planes,” just not reliably at this time. That’s something the company is working on, as it intends to take Starlink mobile and has worked out deals with JSX and Hawaiian Airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi.
Starlink does work on vehicles in motion, including planes, but not yet reliably
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
Starlink for RVs costs $170 CAD per month ($135 in the U.S.). That essentially boils down to the base $140 monthly service fee plus the $30 cost of the ‘Portability’ feature, which SpaceX announced last month.
Subscribers will also have to pay one-time costs of $759 CAD ($599 in the U.S.) for Starlink hardware and $65 CAD ($50 in the U.S.) for shipping and handling.
According to SpaceX, Starlink for RVs “ships immediately and arrives with everything you need to get online in a matter of minutes.”
Once you have the hardware, setting it up is pretty easy — all you really need is a clear view of the sky to connect to the network. Downloading the Starlink app for iOS and Android also makes setup and network management easier.
“Try Starlink for RVs for up to 30 days. If not satisfied, return for a full refund of the hardware costs,” says SpaceX.