If you’re out in the boonies with a clear sky and need reliable internet, a Starlink pole mount is the perfect accessory for your Starlink dish.
The Starlink pole mount is perfect for open spaces.
It’s a reliable accessory that ensures you get clear signals in fair-weather areas with minimal obstructions.
Furthermore, you can get an official pole mount kit for Starlink or DIY the pole mount onto other surfaces.
We explore what’s in a Starlink pole mount kit, how to install the pole, and how to set it up on the move.
Table of Contents
- Why You Should Get The Starlink Pole Mount
- Pole Mount Kit For Starlink
- Starlink Pole Mount Installation
- Can You Use The Pole Mount On A Roof?
- What is a Flag Pole Mount?
- Can You Use A Pole Mount On An RV?
Why You Should Get The Starlink Pole Mount
The Starlink satellite internet kit is typically meant to be set on the ground. But that’s not going to give you the best signal all the time.
You have to get a suitable mount from the Starlink shop.
You need a pole mount for Starlink if you have a large open expanse. Because of its height, you can easily mount the dish in open ground and receive strong signals.
If you cannot mount the dish on your roof – possibly due to leakage concerns – the Starlink Gen 2 pole mount is the most practical option.
You may need a DIY Starlink pole mount to get more clearance if you set up in a heavily forested area.
A flag pole mount works perfectly in this regard.
Pole Mount Kit For Starlink
Sure, there are aftermarket pole mounts out there. However, we recommend getting an authentic pole mount kit from Starlink.
OEM accessories tend to fit better and require minimal alterations.
The Starlink pole mounting kit includes the following:
- A Starlink pole mount adapter
- U-bolt clamp
- A wrench and an Allen key
- A cable-routing clip
You must check the Starlink ground pole mount height according to your dish.
The 1st generation’s dish pole mount is 228.45 cm (89.94 in) and about 13 lbs. The bulkiness of the pole helps to carry the heavier dish and stabilize it.
Since the ground pole mount is specially made for clear areas, the dish remains vulnerable against strong gushes of wind and snow buildup.
The rectangular dish is compatible with the lighter 112.9 cm (44.45 in) 9.43lb Starlink ground pole mount.
Both poles taper off to a smaller diameter at the top to fit into the Starlink mast or Starlink mount adapters.
The Starlink ground pole mount kit doesn’t come with an adapter.
Nevertheless, you can buy a Starlink pole mount adapter that matches the pole and the dish.
The best option would be to get it from the official Starlink shop.
The adapter is critical, especially if you want to DIY the pole mount without damaging anything in the kit.
Starlink Pole Mount Installation
The installation needs a bit of elbow grease. However, we recommend you don’t mount the Starlink pole directly into the ground in case you have to move.
Still, you’ll need the following material.
- Mortar Hoe
- Mixing trough / Bucket
- Concrete mix
First, prepare the concrete mix to anchor the pole in the ground. You can add a small pole to the concrete base to slip in the Starlink pole mount.
- Scout a location around your home. The location should have a clear view of the sky. Additionally, your Starlink dish should be able to catch signals when it automatically aligns whenever satellites move. (Use the Starlink app to scout the best-unobstructed view)
- Dig a large 2ft deep 1.5ft wide hole in the ground.
- Fix your concrete mix base. Align it such that the small pole is smack in the middle. Use the level to ensure perfect center alignment.
- Pour the rest of the mix into the hole to secure the base.
- Use Y-shaped sticks as support holders for at least 24 hours. It allows the concrete to cure.
Ensure your base structure is secure.
For the Starlink pole mount installation:
- Join the bottom and top tubes. Ensure they are secure.
- Insert the dish into the top tube, ensuring you pass the cable through the routing hole. Secure the dish to the top end with the pole mount adapter. It is easier to mount the pole if it has the satellite dish on it.
- Insert the bottom end of the elongated tube into the now-cured base. Shake it gently to check whether the setup is sturdy.
- Secure the joints where the concrete base pole meets the Starlink pole mount with U-bolt clamps. Also, you can secure the top end where you used the adapter. Use the wrench to tighten the U-bolt clamp’s grip.
- Use the cable-routing clips to secure the cable to the pole mount. However, don’t secure it too tight. Leave some wiggle room for satellite dish movement.
- Route the cable to your home and reconnect the dish to power. Here, you might have to bury the cable or shield it in conduit piping.
- Connect the dish to the router.
- Run a connectivity test if you have already set up a Starlink account.
Can You Use The Pole Mount On A Roof?
DIY satellite pole mount on a roof
The whole point of getting a pole mount is to avoid installing a mounting satellite dish on the roof.
However, you can still mount a pole mount on the roof. Except, you won’t make any dents to the roof.
- Secure a pole on the side of the house near the roof.
- Mount the pole on a flashing mount
- Secure the pole on a pivot mount installed on the roof.
A pole mount can be a complementary addition to the above mounts. You must have found the right spot for the dishy in any of these methods.
However, you can get a DIY steel bar for the roof pole mount. Alternatively, insert the dishy’s mast into the top half of the Starlink pole mount bar.
- Drill a bracket on the side of your house near the roof. The bracket needs to hold the bottom end of the DIY steel bar or the pole mount’s bottom half bar.
- Once you ensure the bracket securely holds the DIY bar, slip the bar holding the dishy into the DIY bar.
- Use a U-bolt clamp to tighten the outer bar’s grip on the Starlink dish pole.
- Run some of the cables around the pole into the house.
- Secure the cable with zip ties or cable routing clips.
Alternatively, install a pivot mount and insert one-half of the pole mount into its arm.
What is a Flag Pole Mount?
A Starlinks flag pole mount is a DIY installation that can get you more vertical clearance in an area with too many obstructions.
You can recreate a pole mount by matching the Starlink pole mount size.
The circular dish needs a 95.75” x 4.25” x 4.25” pole, while the rectangular pole needs a 45.7” x 4.5” x 2.4” pole.
You might need to taper off the inner diameter for a perfect fit.
You’ll need a longer pole that acts as the flag pole. You can buy a collapsible flagpole.
You must match the flagpole’s thickness to the Starlink pole mount bar’s thickness. Also, you must get a pole adapter to fit the Starlink dish.
Fuse the two, and you have a functional Starlink flag pole mount.
Can You Use A Pole Mount On An RV?
Although a Pivot mount works better on an RV, you can use a pole mount on an RV.
You can get a pre-made Starlink RV mounting kit with a fabricated flagpole from a third-party dealer.
Attach the flagpole to the RV’s ladder and test the dish’s connection.
The beauty of this setup is that you can remove it and mount it elsewhere, especially if you are using Starlink Portability.
Alternatively, get a custom Starlink pole kit for your RV.
The kit features two 3.5 ft reinforced poles, a coated mount, attaching hardware, and a plastic adapter.
This kit installs on your RV’s ladder, giving you more than 6 inches in height.
A pole mount might need some extra work to set up, but it is a practical approach to getting clear signals in open areas.
Its versatility allows you to DIY its variations around your home, on your RV, or when you travel.