Does Starlink Work With a VPN?

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Online privacy is a major topic in 2022, and for good reason. It seems like every company is trying to use and sell your data these days. One of the internet technologies that helps solve some of these privacy issues is a virtual private network, or VPN, as it is commonly referred to. 

The question of whether Starlink works with a VPN is one we get often, so today we will talk about what a VPN is, how it protects you online, and if it works with Starlink. The short answer is, yes, VPN’s work fine with Starlink. But in case you are interested in learning a bit more, let’s dive into the details.

What is a VPN?

A VPN (virtual private network) is not a recent innovation. Businesses, governments, and others have been using VPN’s for many years to allow for secure communication between their servers and remote access points. 

To put it simply, a VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” from your PC to the VPN provider server. Your internet traffic is routed through this VPN server before it hits the public internet. This way, the public internet never really sees traffic from your PC. Everything goes through the VPN, which sort of shields your home network.

Since the data going between your PC and the VPN server is encrypted, it’s less likely to be stolen or exploited when it travels to and from your computer. 

Why Would I Want to Use a VPN?

In a business environment, VPN’s are used to protect company files and data that may be traveling from a remote worker’s home to the company server. But what uses does a VPN have for the average consumer?

For starters, VPN’s give you more control over your data. Since your internet traffic is encrypted, data collectors on the internet are able to collect less information about you. VPN’s don’t hide everything, but they will prevent a lot of your personal usage data from being collected. For example, websites that record your location will not be able to see your true location, only where the VPN server resides. 

Another reason people use VPN’s is to avoid censorship. In some countries, certain websites and apps are blocked from being used. A VPN allows someone to connect to the internet through a VPN server in another country or location, bypassing any local government restrictions on content. 

On that same note about location, VPN’s allow you to spoof your location. Streaming services like Netflix will read your internet location and vary content based on it. With a VPN, you are able to spoof your location by connecting to Netflix through a VPN server located in another country. 

The last reason we will mention is that VPN’s can hide some information about your online activity from your ISP. This feature is especially useful for torrenting files. With a VPN, your ISP is not able to see which files you are downloading and uploading. 

Does Starlink Work With a VPN?

Yes, Starlink works with the vast majority of VPN providers. I personally use Private Internet Access (PIA) with no issues. Other popular options, such as NordVPN, have been confirmed to work well with Starlink. 

In our research we visited the Reddit Starlink subreddit where we found very few reports of Starlink having issues with VPN’s. There is no technical reason why Starlink wouldn’t be compatible with a VPN.

Are There Downsides to Using a VPN With Starlink?

The main issues you might encounter while using a VPN with Starlink are increased latency and decreased speeds

Because you are sending all your internet traffic through a VPN server first before it arrives at its destination, there is a chance of increased latency, or ping. This would be bad for online video games or video calling. 

Since your traffic goes through a VPN server, your download and upload speeds are reliant on the VPN server. If a lot of people are using the same VPN server at once, you could see your speeds slow down. 

Related: Starlink Internet Speeds

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Which VPN Should I Use with Starlink?

There are numerous VPN providers on the market, and most of them will work fine with Starlink. Because the number of options can be overwhelming, I’ve compiled a list of 3 of the top VPN providers that work with Starlink.

Private Internet Access (PIA)

Private Internet Access, or PIA for short, is the VPN provider that I personally use and recommend. Their user interface and software is simple to use, and their pricing is fair. A VPN is one of those products that you want to set and forget, and that has been my experience with PIA. 

I’ve noticed good latency and speeds when connecting through the PIA VPN servers. One nice feature they have is auto connect, which automatically assigns you to the best performing VPN server.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is one of the top rated VPN services because of their dedication to privacy. Their global footprint of servers out-classes much of the competition. 

Like Private Internet Access, they have an easy-to-use interface and handy features like automatic server selection. They are the more expensive option, but you’ll find rave reviews to justify the performance. 

NordVPN

NordVPN is another popular VPN offering. When doing research for this article, we discovered it was often the most recommended VPN due to its value. For the price you pay, you get an incredible amount of features. 

While NordVPN doesn’t have quite the global reach of ExpressVPN, the discounted price makes up for it. Performance and reliability are right up there with PIA and ExpressVPN. 

Conclusion

Starlink works well with VPN services such as Private Internet Access or NordVPN. If you use Starlink as your internet service provider, you’ll be able to stay protected online by using a VPN. We recommend Private Internet Access, but you can’t go wrong with any of the options listed in the previous section. 

Do you use a VPN and why? What VPN service are you using? Is it working well with Starlink? Let us know your feedback in the comments below!

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Ty T
Ty T
22 days ago

About a week ago I started getting reconnect/connect issues with Starlink and Cisco VPN.. It seems others are having same issue.. can someone help?

Oier Ruiz Trevino
Oier Ruiz Trevino
29 days ago

My company makes us use GlobalProtect to connect to the company’s VPN. I am not experiencing latency or slowness. I am simply cannot do anything online which means I cannot do any work. Our IT department has asked me to contact you guys about it. This only started happening a few days ago. Have you made any changes?
Ironically when I turn off the VPN and get back to my normal connection it doesn’t work either. I have to turn Wifi off and on again for it to work again….

Mark Byrne
Mark Byrne
1 month ago

Hi. I have just purchased Starlink. It has no ethernet port. How do I use my Liberty Shield VPN?

Kathleen Arnold
Kathleen Arnold
1 month ago

My VPN has worked great with our new Starlink, until last Friday. Would not connect. My IT guy had to do a work around, what could be the problem?

Kathleen Arnold
Kathleen Arnold
1 month ago

Sorry, the VPN is working, it is the remote desktop. He thinks that there was a change with Starlink and it is not connecting…..

CArgue
CArgue
1 month ago

What about connecting to a private VPN server? I can connect just fine to an OpenVPN server I own when not on Starlink… the second a connection over starlink is attempted, the connection is refused. Client is Win10 Pro, up to date, connection was attempted with OpenVPN’s 2.* and 3.* clients, using port 443.

Suggestions?

JKB
JKB
2 months ago

@JCD – did they ever provide you with anything? I just got startlink and am trying to use anyconnect today for the first time and it just keeps cycling… connected/disconnected… I can’t keep a teams meeting running. So frustrating!

JCDN Texas
JCDN Texas
4 months ago

I have been operating on Starlink for about three days and am getting wi-fi throughput from 80Mbps to 190Mbps down, depending on time of day, weather, etc. So, I am very happy with overall throughput since my previous provider was limited to 25Mbps down.

The above said, I am having some significant issues with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN which I use everyday, issues I am not having with other VPNs and I use several. The primary issue with the Cisco VPN is the transfer of graphical interfaces from remote devices.

When I attempt to acces these devices over Starlink with Cisco AnyConnect VPN, I am unable to access these graphical interfaces in any reasonable aount of time, if at all. When I plug in the Ethernet cable from my previous previous ISP (still connected during this test period), I can access these interfaces without issue.

So, I have definitely narrowed this down to Cisco AnyConnect over Starlink wi-fi. I have ordered an Ethernet attachment to see if hardwiring to the Starlink router makes any difference. I would add, I have 38 years in the IBM large systems environment; so, I know how to assess communication issues.

JCDN Texas
JCDN Texas
4 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I don’t see on Starlink’s website where creating support tickets is an option, but I have discovered what the problem is. Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN, my download speed drops to 0.1Mbps.

JCD NTexas
JCD NTexas
4 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I can now officially report Starlink has THE worst technical suppor of any communications organization I have had the displeasure of dealing with in the 38 years I have spent in the technical support industry, primarily in the IBM large systems market.

I have discovered a real and significant issue that Starlink has with Cisco AnyConnect and Starlink’s response to this is scripted support messages. Without regard to how Starlink’s product functions, anyone acquiring this product needs to understand STARLINK HAS NO REAL SUPPORT.

Having spent 38 years computer technical providing support nationwide, I know what a real support organization looks like. And Starlink ain’t it …

Zachary Harper
1 month ago
Reply to  JCD NTexas

Starlink unfortunately has no real incentive to provide good support. Their target audience is people that have no real other option for high speed internet. Starlink could care less about competing with Comcast, Verizon, etc. Their target customer does not have access to these services. It would be nice to see Starlink offer better support. Maybe that will happen with time.