This guide covers Starlink Modem Ethernet. While wireless internet seems the most popular solution, some WAN and LAN users prefer a wired option.
Current Wi-Fi 6 routers can reach connection throughputs of 9.6 Gbps at maximum. Of course, this throughput isn’t always consistent or stable.
On the other hand, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet line can maintain throughputs of 10 Gbps.
Starlink’s standard plan includes a wireless (Wi-Fi) modem/router. But what if you have a wired home network? How can you connect your Starlink modem to your home’s ethernet?
These are just some of the questions the following guide will answer.
Table of Contents
- Why Ethernet is Better than Wi-Fi
- Does Starlink’s Modem Feature Ethernet?
- Starlink’s Ethernet Adapter
- Frequently Asked Questions
Why Ethernet is Better than Wi-Fi
In the introduction, we explained that the fastest Wi-Fi connections can reach just over 9 Gbps throughputs.
Albeit, it’s important to note that these speeds are only achievable under very special circumstances.
Your Wi-Fi network’s performance depends on the number of devices sharing the bandwidth and interference.
In reality, Wi-Fi 6 can achieve low to mid-range gigabit speeds.
Unfortunately, the exact speed cannot always be accurately predicted. Ethernet connection speeds are more reliable and easier to measure. This is the main advantage of ethernet.
It’s not (as) susceptible to interference or crosstalk. While they’re on different frequencies, Wi-Fi still has to contend against other radio waves, such as Bluetooth and physical objects.
So now, you understand the reasons why you would want to use ethernet over Wi-Fi. But is it possible to do so with Starlink’s router?
Does Starlink’s Modem Feature Ethernet?
Starlink features three main hardware packages:
- High Performance
- Flat High Performance
The main difference between these three packages is that they offer different Starlink antennas.
However, the Wi-Fi modems/routers that SpaceX packages with them are virtually identical.
The current specifications, according to Starlink’s website, are as follows:
- Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards
- Chipset Version: Wi-Fi 5
- Wi-Fi Bands: Dual Ban (3*3 MIMO)
- Wi-Fi Connection Range: Maximum of 2000 sq ft (185m^2)
- Wi-Fi Security: WPA2
The Starlink modem only has two connection ports which are located underneath. This includes a port to connect the Starlink dish/receiver/antenna and a power connector slot. However, there is no standard ethernet port. How do you get around this?
Image: Starlink Router Missing Ethernet Port
Starlink’s Ethernet Adapter
SpaceX offers an ethernet adapter to address the absence of a dedicated port on their Starlink modems. You can purchase the Ethernet adapter separately from SpaceX’s Starlink shop with a slew of other accessories.
Once you’ve purchased the ethernet adapter, connect it to your official Starlink router/modem. But how
Image: Random Ethernet Adapter
Starlink Ethernet Adapter Installation and Configuration
The ethernet adapter is easy enough to self-install. All you need to know is where each cable connects.
You’ll notice that the ethernet adapter has three connection points. Use the following steps to connect it:
You must make sure that the Starlink Router is completely turned off.
The best way to do this is by disconnecting the power cord from the wall socket or the modem.
Disconnecting the Starlink satellite receiver/antenna cable from the modem would be best.
Do so carefully, and then connect the Starlink Ethernet Adapter to the Starlink antenna port.
You should notice the ethernet adapter features a Starlink satellite antenna port next to the ethernet port. Plug your Starlink antenna cable into it.
Next, plug your ethernet cable’s male connector into the corresponding port on the ethernet adapter.
Finally, reconnect the power cord to the router/modem or wall socket.
The modem will take a few moments to startup and find a satellite connection.
You can monitor it using the official Starlink application.
You won’t have to configure or change the router’s settings.
Your Wi-Fi connection should work alongside the ethernet connection.
This ultimately gives you an additional connection option.
Image: Ethernet LAN Port
Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment is The Starlink Ethernet Adapter compatible with?
Starlink’s ethernet adapter is compatible with Starlink’s Standard, High Performance and Flat High-Performance options.
Can I use a third-party or aftermarket ethernet adapter for Starlink?
Starlink’s High-Performance and Flat High-Performance kits include a set of cables that allow you to connect the Starlink receiver to an aftermarket router and other compatible network devices.
Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy with Starlink’s standard hardware. However, you can use a Wi-Fi to ethernet adapter.
Although this isn’t an ideal option as it throttles you to Wi-Fi-like speeds.
Starlink Standard Satellite Dish
How fast is the Starlink Adapter’s Ethernet Speed?
According to SpaceX, Starlink’s ethernet adapter can reach up to 1Gbps.
However, you should note that this speed highly depends on your reception/Starlink’s connection quality.
Regardless, the good thing is it’s not throttled by wireless interference. Thus, you have a near-direct connection to Starlink’s satellites.
What Ethernet cable do I need for Starlink?
Most experts recommend using a CAT6 or CAT6A cable with a 23+ American Wire Gauge (AWG) when connecting to Starlink’s ethernet adapter.
Starlink’s antenna/dish cable is essentially a CAT5e ethernet cable. It uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) to power the Starlink antenna.
Image: Ethernet Cable in Blue Background
What is Starlink’s Ethernet IP Address
You cannot change Starlink’s router address because it is hardcoded into the router. The router IP address is 192.168.100.1.
The above guide explores Starlink modem ethernet. In conclusion, the default standard Starlink modem does not feature an ethernet port.
However, you can purchase a separate ethernet adapter.
As we’ve shown you, installing the ethernet adapter is quite easy. It doesn’t require any special or high-level configuration to work.
Albeit, it’s also important to note that it isn’t the only option afforded to you.
Especially if you have a Starlink High-Performance or Flat-High performance kit.
These kits connect the receiver/dish to an aftermarket router with ethernet capabilities.