Satellite internet users probably looked into the Pivot mount Starlink to attach their satellite dish on the roof.
And why not? After all, this type is adjustable and doesn’t take much drilling to get it set up. It’s also best used for shingled roofs instead of clay, slate, and tile roofing.
Let’s take a deeper look into the pivot mount world and how you can install it without a hitch!
Table of Contents
- Starlink Pivot Mount
- Installing The Pivot Mount
- What’s The Difference Between Pivot Mount And Volcano Mount?
- How Much Is The Pivot Mount?
Starlink Pivot Mount
The Starlink pivot mount is perfect if your home has a slanted roof. It generally keeps your dish positioned at a certain angle while staying upright via the adjustable connectors.
Starlink even went above and beyond by providing a carrying bag in the kit. So you can easily store the satellite dish and carry it on your back while moving up the ladder.
The kit also includes sealing tapes to help you close up any holes left behind from drilling the pivot mount base into the roof.
These will keep leaks out of your home during rainy days.
Installing The Pivot Mount
Example of a satellite dish installed on a roof.
Anyone can install the pivot mount on their roof, especially those who haven’t done it before.
Doing so gives your dish a clear signal from Starlink’s orbiting satellites.
Make sure the skies are clear — this means no obstructions — before getting started.
You’ll need to use the Starlink app to scan the area where your dish will point.
Tools In The Pivot Mount Kit
The good news is the kit already comes with some tools. So grab everything to install your mount.
- Carrying bag
- 2 Lag screws
- 40 Wall clips
- Sealing tape strips
- Sealing tape squares
Extra Tools You’ll Need
These other tools will keep the mount firmly secure in your roof.
- Socket wrench
- Stud finder
- 5/32” drill bit
Look For The Stud
First, you’ll need to disconnect your dish from the wall socket. Then, adjust the mount arm to loosen it by turning the knob counterclockwise.
Use your stud finder to locate and put your mount over the roof’s stud.
Mark And Drill Holes
Drilling on a roof.
Grab a pencil next and mark the area with two circles. Drill into the roof where you made the circular markings.
Form two large balls from the sealing squares, and place them atop the holes while covering the edges.
Apply two sealing tape strips on the holes where you want to set the mount.
Place The Mount
Close-up image of lag screws.
Afterward, place the mount’s holes on top of the drilled holes on your roof. Make sure the arrows point toward the ridge of your roof.
Hold onto the mount, and drill in the lag screws — keep them 90% drilled. You’ll also need to tighten the lag screws in place.
So use the socket wrench to do that with a quarter turn.
Adjust The Arm
Change the mount arm’s position so that it’s five degrees vertical. Then, turn the knob clockwise to lock the arm in place.
Route Your Starlink Cable
Plug the cable into a power source, and route it to the roof. Place wall clips on the wall, and route the cable through each one.
Stash your Starlink satellite dish inside your carrying bag. Head up to the roof where you placed your mount and plug the cable into the dish.
Put the Starlink mast inside the middle of the mount and set your dish on top.
Finally, test out the connection by turning on the dish. You can also run a speed test through the Starlink app.
Just tap on the speed option, and you’ll get the download/upload speeds.
What’s The Difference Between Pivot Mount And Volcano Mount?
There are some differences between the two mounts, even though they have a similar use case.
For one thing, the pivot mount gives your dish antenna more height — about one foot above the roof surface.
You can adjust this mount to make it ideal for the roof pitch. On an important note, the pivot mount also works with the V1 and V2 satellite dishes.
Here’s where the volcano mount is different. It doesn’t offer much leeway because there are no adjustments for the roof slope.
And it only keeps the antenna raised by one inch. Plus, the volcano mount will only fit Starlink’s V1 satellite dish.
How Much Is The Pivot Mount?
Starlink internet satellite.
Thankfully, the pivot mount isn’t very expensive — costing only $42! But you can’t just buy it from Starlink’s online store.
Instead, you must log in to the app before ordering it from the shop. You’ll find this at the bottom of the app’s main screen.
If you use the web browser, click on the shop tab at the top of the page.
Be sure to choose the pivot mount if your roof is at a slant. It’ll help keep your dish upright and pointed in the sky without having it fall down.
Furthermore, your internet connection will get better in the long run due to a greater reception quality.