The setup process for Starlink is relatively simple. You just plug in all the cables, give the dish a clear view of the sky, and wait for it to connect. But one of the questions I frequently get from readers is how long it takes to boot up.
It makes sense, a lot of people are traveling with their Roam dish, or are dealing with power outages. They might be wanting to know how long they will have to wait until their internet connection is restored. In this article, I’m going to explain the boot up process and times for Starlink.
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What’s the total boot up time?
It takes 5-20 minutes for Starlink to boot up and connect to the satellites. During the boot up process, many things are happening. You might have internet connectivity before the booting process finishes, as much of that time is spent calibrating your connection for the optimal dish orientation. I’ll explain each phase of the boot up process next.
When you first power on your Starlink dish, it enters the Booting state. Power is sent to the dish via the Starlink cable. The firmware on the dish is initialized, while the router also gets going. This takes less than a minute.
Next, your Starlink dish will enter the Searching part of the boot up process. During this phase, the dish will point straight up to search for satellites. It can take anywhere from 1-5 minutes for Starlink to find and make the initial connections to the satellites.
The longest part of the booting process is calibration. For about 15 minutes, Starlink will continue to point straight up, and work to find the ideal orientation based on your geographical location. You’ll notice a message in the Starlink app, letting you know that calibration is happening.
During this time, you’ll have internet access, although it may be slower and less reliable until it’s done. After calibrating the connection, your dish will move into its final position, and the booting process is finished.