Starlink sells three versions of hardware: Standard, High Performance, and Flat High Performance. In this article, I will detail the contents of the Standard Starlink hardware kit, so you know what to expect when your order arrives.
The Standard hardware kit is the default equipment for the Standard/Residential plan, as well as Mobile/Roam. You will get the following items in the Standard hardware kit:
- Starlink Antenna/Dish
- Mounting Base
- Wifi Router
- 50 ft. Starlink Cable
- AC Power Cable
Now let’s dive into more detail on the individual items contained in the Standard Starlink hardware kit:
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The dish that comes with the hardware kit is a phased array antenna. The Standard dish is rectangular, with a flat, smooth face. The rectangular dish is the 2nd version of the Starlink dish. Originally, the dish was round, and officially nicknamed “Dishy McFlatFace”.
The dish measures 20.25″ x 12″. The mast, which connects the dish to the mounting base, is 10.75″ long and 1.5″ in diameter. Data and power for the dish are supplied by the 50′ Starlink cable, which we will cover later. The dish has motors, and is able to aim itself at the correct location towards the satellites.
For more detail on the dish measurements, check out our article on Starlink dimensions.
Does the Starlink kit come with a mount? A mounting base is included in the Starlink hardware kit. This mounting base is more of a temporary solution for most users, but it can be a great portable or travel mounting option.
The total footprint of the base measures 22″ x 13″. There are mounting holes on each of the 4 legs. The dish mast slides into the opening of the base, and locks in place with a spring loaded tab.
The Starlink dish mast must be within 5 degrees of vertical, so using the included mounting base on a pitched roof isn’t ideal. For ideas on permanent mounting options, check out our guide, Starlink Mounting Options – A guide to official and DIY mounts.
Wifi Router and AC Power Cable
Does the Starlink kit come with a Wifi router? The Standard kit includes a Wifi router. The dish connects to the router for data and power via the 50′ Starlink cable, detailed in the next section. The router measures 10″ x 7″ x 2.5″.
What kind of power supply is included? The router doubles as the AC power supply for the dish. An AC power cable is included with the router. A DC power supply is not available from Starlink, but we have a guide to create your own 12V DC power supply.
The router has Wifi 5 technology, supporting 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards. It features WPA2 security. It can cover up to 2000 sq. ft. The router does not include an Ethernet port, but the Starlink Ethernet Adapter can be purchased separately if you need one.
50 ft. Starlink Cable
How long is the Starlink cable? The included 50′ Starlink cable connects the dish to the router, providing data communication and power. The cable itself is standard CAT5e, but the connectors on each end are proprietary to Starlink.
The dish side connector and the router connector have different shaped strain reliefs, so the cable can only be run one way. The dish side connector should be routed through an exterior wall from the inside during installation, because it requires a smaller diameter hole to be drilled compared to the router end of the cable.
For more information on routing the Starlink cable, check out our tutorial and review of the Starlink cable routing kit.
Stickers and Documentation
The last couple of things in the Standard Starlink kit are some stickers, as well as user documentation. Starlink recently started including stickers in the hardware kit, but they are also available separately on the SpaceX website.
Besides the stickers, you get a brief instruction sheet letting you know how to set everything up. The instructions are very short and not very detailed, so if you need more info, be sure to check out our Starlink setup and installation guide.