The router included with the Starlink kit supports a maximum of 128 devices. If you wish to connect more devices, you must use a 3rd party router.
Starlink Router Limitations
The Starlink router can serve up to 128 devices at the same time, it also comes with no ethernet ports. If you wish to connect your newer Starlink terminal (the square dish) using ethernet, you will need to buy the proprietary Starlink Ethernet Adaptor.
The older Starlink Terminals came with a standard ethernet port and could support wired devices out of the box. If you are unsure if you have the new or old style Starlink Dish, look at the shape of it.
The old antenna is large and circular, while the new one is smaller and rectangular.
Starlink offers a mesh system that uses a series of mesh nodes to expand wireless coverage. Each mesh node communicates wireless back to the main router. This forms a robust coverage area that extends beyond what a single router can provide.
The Starlink mesh router is an upgrade over the standard Starlink WiFi that comes with the hardware kit. However, we would still recommend using a 3rd party router instead.
Why Use Your Own Router
There are many reasons why consumers may want to utilize their own router with Starlink. Perhaps you already have a powerful router or want to deploy a mesh WiFi network.
Starlink just recently launched its own mesh network option. However, some other excellent solutions also exist. Mesh routers are useful for expanding wireless coverage to all areas of a home.
Another other reason to use a third-party router is because the Starlink router is limited in terms of features.
Using your own router will also allow you to bypass the Starlink router’s 128 device limit. However, most people will not connect that many devices anyways. Other benefits of using your own router with Starlink include increased coverage range, more advanced security features, additional monitoring of your network, and the ability to connect devices via ethernet.
Using your own router will also improve the stability of your WiFi signal and reduce the need to frequently reboot your router. WiFi routers are meant to be left on without requiring frequent reboots.
How to Configure a Third Party Router on Starlink
Setting up a third-party router on the Starlink network is not hard. Although, as previously stated, the particular procedures you must follow will vary depending on your Starlink Hardware Kit.
It’s also worth mentioning that while you’re “welcome” to use your own router, Starlink will not guarantee smooth performance. Indeed, the Starlink satellite FAQ states that while customers are free to add their own gear to Starlink, the operator cannot promise smooth interoperability with third-party routers or mesh solutions. Furthermore, while utilizing third-party routers, you may not be able to use the Starlink app and its features.
Using Your Own Router With the Old Starlink Setup
The early Starlink setup included the terminal itself, as well as a router and a dedicated PoE injector. The antenna in this setup was spherical, with permanent cables. Since the power source wasn’t built into the router, it’s easy to wire a third-party router by simply unplugging the original one from the power source and plugging in yours. No bypass is needed.
Using Your Own Router With the New Starlink Setup
The new Starlink kit has a rectangular terminal and a router with an in-built power supply. The terminal cables are completely removable. However, since the power supply is built into the router, you can’t simply remove the router and plug in yours.
The new router is an important part of the setup, and you can only connect a third-party router by bypassing it. Also, the new router doesn’t have an Ethernet jack, so you need to get a dedicated adapter from Starlink. There are no 3rd party adaptors that work with Starlink.
The ethernet adapter will link the Starlink router to the user terminal, so you can use an ethernet cable to link your router to the Starlink router. The Ethernet cable will run from your router’s WAN port to the ethernet adapter port.
Next, disable the Starlink router via the Starlink app. Simply launch the app, go to settings, and turn on Bypass mode. Later, if you need to return to the original settings, you will have to factory reset your device.
Keep in mind that Starlink uses CGNAT technology on their resediantal and RV plans. If you need a publicly routable IP address, you will need Starlink Business.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Starlink Satellite Internet
Starlink satellite internet service is now available in most locations in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and also in many European nations. It’s best suited to people living in rural areas where affordable, faster internet options are limited or nonexistent.
While 50-150 Mb/s download speeds may be a bit lower when compared to fiber, it’s far superior to any legacy satellite internet service.
It is also superior to the 50 Mbps or less download speeds offered by most DSL internet services.
Furthermore, some rural areas lack any internet access, so Starlink is greatly appreciated, even if there are some limitations and the service is not perfect.
Alternatives to Starlink
Depending on where you live, you may have several Starlink alternatives. Other choices can include 5G home internet service, fiber internet service, cable internet service, DSL internet service, or legacy satellite internet service. The technology used by Starlink is vastly superior to that of legacy satellite internet providers.
You may have some or none of these options available at your service address. Check out our comparison below.
The Starlink satellite internet is an affordable, low-latency broadband internet system based on a constellation of satellites orbiting the sky to send internet to devices for people in rural areas. The setup uses CGNAT technology, which converts private IP addresses into shared public addresses.
That means there’s no port forwarding or public service hosting. However, the setup is compatible with third-party routers, so those who want to use their own routers can simply wire them up and gain more control over their home networks.
In the default configuration, the included Starlink router has a device limit of 128 devices. This is more than enough for most users, even with more technology each year needing a connection to the internet.