Guide To Using A J Mount With Starlink

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J mounts are commonly used for mounting satellite dishes, antennas, and other communication equipment. J mounts can be secured to a variety of surfaces, and in a variety of angles and configurations. Since they are available on the market from many different manufacturers in different sizes, they can be a great option for mounting a Starlink dish to your roof, eave, or wall.

The versatility of a J mount is great, but value is where this Starlink mounting solution stands out. Comparable mounts from the Starlink store can cost twice as much as the aftermarket options we will present in this guide. Not to mention the fact that aftermarket mounts aren’t suffering the same supply issues currently affecting the OEM Starlink mounts.

In this comprehensive guide, we will show you:

  • Which aftermarket J mounts work with Starlink
  • How to secure the Starlink dish to the J mount
  • How to mount a J mount to your roof, eave, or wall

We have a video guide in addition to this guide. You can watch the video, continue reading below, or both!

Which J Mounts Work With Starlink?

In order to make your life easier, we’ve rounded up three of the best Starlink compatible J Mounts on Amazon. We did the research to make sure they are compatible. We also made sure they were good quality, affordable, and have all the necessary features you would expect from a J Mount. Now, here are the options, starting with the top pick:

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#1 Best J Mount: Winegard DS2000A Universal 22-inch Mount

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The Winegard DS2000A Universal 22-inch Mount is our top pick for a Starlink J Mount. The things we like most about this pick is the weather resistant e-coating, and the included 2″ u-bolts that make it easy to secure to the Starlink dish mast . Like most J Mounts, it is fully adjustable. The mast length is 22 inches. This is the little brother of the Winegard DS-3000A. If you need a longer mast, go with the DS-3000A. But 18-22 inches is the typical mast length for J Mounts, so save your money and get this if you don’t need the extra length.

The inside diameter of the DS2000A makes it a nearly perfect fit for the Starlink dish. Simply slide the dish in, and secure using the two included u-bolts. That feature, the weather resistant coating, and the fact that Winegard is a highly respected brand makes this our top pick.

As with the other mounts on this list, you will need to secure the Starlink dish mast to this J Mount with a bolt, pipe clamps, or the included u-bolts for a fully secure fit. More on that in the next section below our recommendations!

#2 Runner-Up: Proxicast Pro-Grade J-Max

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The Proxicast Pro-Grade J-Max is a high-quality, rustproof J Mount. With a mast length of 18 inches, this will suit a variety of Starlink installations. This mount is constructed of aluminum to provide maximum weather resistance compared to traditional steel J Mounts. Proxicast also sells a stainless steel version.

The mast on the Proxicast is reversible, meaning you can swap ends depending on your specific installation needs. One unique feature of this J Mount is the locking mechanism. You are able to lock the angle at -45, 0, and +45 degrees. If stability and strength are your top priorities, the Proxicast Pro-Grade J-Max is a great option.

The Proxicast J Mount doesn’t come with u-bolts, so you can pick up some from the hardware store, or get something like the Winegard Universal Antenna Mount Adapter to fully secure the Starlink mast to the mount.

#3 Budget Pick: Ubiquiti Universal Antenna Mount (UB-AM)

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The final Starlink J Mount on our list is the Ubiquiti Universal Antenna Mount (UB-AM). This mount is the most affordable on our list. It has features that you would expect, including a reversible mast, 18 inch reach, and full angle adjustability. It’s your basic J Mount that will work with Starlink, at a reasonable price point.

White is the only color that this J Mount is available in, which can be a pro or a con depending on your personal preference. The diameter of the mast is 1.5 inches, meaning it will accept the Starlink mast with a little DIY modification. You’ll need to supply a bolt and nut to secure the Starlink mast into position. Alternatively, use a couple of u-bolts to secure the Starlink mast into this J Mount. It’s also a good idea to use some electrical tape to reduce the gap between the pipes for a more secure fit. In the next section we will cover the best ways to secure a J mount to a Starlink dish.

How To Secure The Starlink Dish To A J Mount

The one downside to using an aftermarket mount with your Starlink dish is that the J Mounts are not designed to perfectly accept the Starlink mast. The diameter of the J Mount tube is slightly larger than comparable OEM Starlink mounts. Also, the OEM Starlink mounts use a spring tab design to secure the dish mast to the mount. Obviously, an aftermarket J Mount will not have the spring tab holes. There are a few recommended ways to work around this problem, and we’ve listed them from easiest to hardest.

Universal Mount Adapter

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The easiest way to secure Starlink to an aftermarket J Mount is using an adapter designed just for this task. The Winegard Universal Antenna Mount Adapter was made to fit any J Mount and help secure the mast to the J Mount tube.

U-Bolts

U-bolts securing Starlink to Winegard DS2000A J mount

Another method to secure the Starlink mast into an aftermarket J Mount is to use U-bolts to clamp the two together. One of the reasons we recommended the Winegard DS2000A in the list above is that it includes u-bolts. We recommend this method because it doesn’t permanently modify either the J Mount or the Starlink dish. You simply use the u-bolts to clamp down with enough pressure to hold the Starlink mast securely.

Depending on the diameter of your J Mount and your version of the Starlink dish (rectangle or round), you may need to use some electrical tape to fill in the gap. In the example above, using the round Starlink and Winegard DS2000A J mount, we didn’t need to use any tape. We simply tightened down the two u-bolts and it was perfectly secure.

Drilling + Bolt

1/2 inch bolt securing J mount to Starlink dish
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The second method to secure Starlink to an aftermarket J Mount is to drill one or two holes through both the Starlink mast and the J Mount, and then use bolts/nuts to secure the two together. One way to do this would be to utilize the existing holes on the Starlink mast, where the spring tabs are seated. By removing the spring tabs, you are left with about a 1/2 inch hole. Now all you need to do is drill a similar sized hole into the J Mount, and then use bolts, washers, and nuts to secure it.

Drilling + Starlink Spring Tabs

Holes for spring tabs drilled out for rectangular Starlink

The final method we will go over involves using the original Starlink spring tabs. The idea here is to drill two holes in the J Mount, large enough to allow the Starlink spring tabs to snap into place. The amount of work involved in this method will depend on the type of dish you have. For the round Starlink dish, the process is easier, since the tabs are round. For the rectangular dish, the tabs are more square. You might need to use hand tools or a Dremel tool to get the shape right.

This method may not work if the gap between the J Mount and your Starlink mast is too large. You’ll need a tight enough fit so that the spring tabs can fully lock into your drilled holes on the J mount. The benefit to this method is that no extra hardware is required, and you get more of a clean, OEM look.

How To Mount A J Mount

J Mounts are great because of how versatile they are. They have an adjustable base that can be angled to allow for roof, wall, eave, or virtually any other type of installation. We recommend following the instructions included with the specific J mount that you purchase, since one could vary from the next. But here is a basic approach:

  1. Select your mounting location. Exterior walls or the eave of your roof are ideal locations. You can mount a J mount directly into your roof, but that should be a last resort due to the potential for leaks. I highly recommend researching roof installation guides if you go that route, we won’t cover waterproofing here
  2. Select your mounting hardware. For wood surfaces, wood lag screws will do the trick. If mounting to metal, concrete, brick, or another type of material, you’ll need to research the best kind of fastener to use for your specific application
  3. Lay out the J mount, level, and mark the holes for drilling
  4. Drill pilot holes for the lag screws (if applicable)
  5. Secure using lag screws, making sure to check for level and readjust if necessary
  6. Align the mast so that it is vertical, check with a level
  7. Tighten angle adjustment nuts on the J mount base plate
  8. Once the J mount is fully fastened to the surface, and the angle is set and tightened, slide the Starlink dish into place
  9. Take care to avoid damaging the cable
  10. Using your preferred method from above, secure the J mount to the Starlink mast

Now you are ready to plug Starlink in and let it boot up. This process can take several minutes. Go grab a refreshing drink and check the app when you return. You’ll want to make sure your dish is online, has internet connectivity, and that there are no error messages on the app.

If all is good, you’ve successfully installed a J mount for your Starlink dish!

Yes, we picked these J Mounts because their inside diameter is close enough to the Starlink mast diameter to ensure a good fit, assuming you plan to secure it with a bolt or clamp

Yes, the mast diameter of the V1 (round) and V2 (rectangular) dish are close enough to where these J Mounts will work fine as long as you secure it with a bolt or clamp

What do you recommend if I don’t want to worry about drilling or clamping?

If you want a perfect installation without worrying about having to drill a hole to secure the Starlink dish to the mount, we suggest just buying an OEM Starlink mount

Be sure to check out our guide to other Starlink mounting options.

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Jim Yount
Jim Yount
1 month ago

I purchased a Wineguard DS-3000A on Sept 8, 2022 thinking I might need the longer length. The inner diameter was significantly larger, so much so that the Starlink 2 pole slid all the way inside, past the button. It was unusable.

Fortunately I also ordered 10 of the Ubiquiti mounts and that turned out to be long enough for the current job. It worked great with the Starlink 2 dish and I have used them before for the 1st generation disk (as well as plenty of wifi equipment).

I used some strong tape to secure the dish’s pole to the mast to keep it from rotating

Jeff Crane
Jeff Crane
3 months ago

Thanks for this article! I don’t understand how the U-bolts actually secure the J-mount and mast. Does it press the J-mount pipe in tight enough to hold them together? I was confused by the statement that it “doesn’t permanently modify” either the pipe or mast. Because if it compresses the pipe that would certainly permanently modify it by deforming it to press against the mast.

Jeff Crane
Jeff Crane
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Absolutely. This has been extremely helpful. Thanks for your reply!