Starlink Ethernet Adapter Setup And Review

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The Starlink Ethernet Adapter is an accessory from Starlink that adds an Ethernet port to your system. It’s a small device that plugs into the router. The Wifi router that is included with the Residential and RV hardware kits does not have an Ethernet port. So if you would like to connect devices to the internet using a hardwire Ethernet connection instead of Wifi, you will need the Starlink Ethernet Adapter.

In this guide, I will walk you through the very simple steps of installing and setting up the Ethernet Adapter. I’ll also give you my review, including my initial impressions and a long term report of how it’s been working out since I bought it. Finally, I’ll answer a couple of important questions about compatibility and how to go about purchasing one for yourself.

Setup and Installation

Installing the Starlink Ethernet Adapter is very simple, and there is virtually no setup required. You don’t need any tools or IT skills, just follow these steps:

Step 1 Unplug the Starlink router AC power cord from the wall. You will want the dish and router turned off while we reconfigure the cables.

Step 2 – Unplug the Starlink antenna cable from the bottom of the router.

Step 3 – Plug the Starlink Ethernet Adapter into the router, where the Starlink antenna cable was.

Step 4 – Plug the Starlink antenna cable into the connector on the Starlink Ethernet Adapter.

Step 5 – You can now power everything back on by plugging in the router AC power cord at the wall.

Give the Starlink system several minutes to boot up and connect to satellites. You can monitor the status of the system from the Starlink App. Once the app indicates that Starlink is Online, you are all set! There is no additional setup required. Your Wifi will continue to work as normal, but now you can connect devices via Ethernet for internet access.

Review

I was an early beta tester for Starlink, when they were still selling the round dish. The round dish router has an Ethernet port built in, so I was confused by the decision to remove the Ethernet port for the next generation hardware that is being sold today to customers. My guess is that Starlink believes most people don’t use the Ethernet port. They are probably right. These days, everything connects via Wifi, from our TV’s, to our computers, to our cell phones. Most people won’t need an Ethernet port, so Starlink eliminated it on the router to lower manufacturing costs. And if your situation requires a hardwire connection, the adapter is just an extra $25 from the Starlink shop.

What else can I say, there really isn’t much to this device. It’s small and simple to install. It just sits between the router and the dish, and gives you one Ethernet port. It’s made of a nice looking plastic that matches the other Starlink hardware. It’s profile allows it to easily hang behind a desk or cabinet. If you’re like me, you will install it, shove it behind your desk, and forget it even exists. That’s a good thing in my book.

Long term, it’s worked as expected. I haven’t had a single issue with it, and I’ve mostly forgotten about it because it just does it’s job. I have my main PC plugged into it so that I don’t have to do any gaming or video conferencing over Wifi. Connecting via Ethernet has certainly proved to be faster and more reliable than Wifi. Is it worth it? Yes, and you don’t have much choice if you want an Ethernet port to plug devices in, or to use an aftermarket router with Starlink.

Where Can I Buy It?

The Starlink Ethernet Adapter can only be purchased at the official Starlink.com Shop. You need to have a Starlink account and be logged in to access the page. It costs $25.

Compatibility

The Starlink Ethernet Adapter is compatible with the following dish/antenna versions:

  • Standard Residential and RV (rectangular dish)
  • High Performance and Flat High Performance (Business, Mobile)

You don’t need the adapter if you have the original round dish. The router for the round dish has a built in Ethernet port.

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Danny
Danny
4 days ago

We have now a Starlink rectangle dish and have the ethernet adapter, we also have tmobile internet through 4g mast.
When i plug the starlink in bypass mode and put him in our Linksys ea9500 router the internet is not getting through.
It is very slow and some of our computers(3) do not have internet at all.
We are living in the netherlands.
We want to use the ethernet so that we can use our synology server, the rest can be on wifi (printers etc).

Karen Forester
Karen Forester
4 days ago

Can I hardwire an router in an outbuilding to an Ethernet adapter and still use the Starlink router in the main building

Greg
Greg
9 days ago

I need 3 ethernet ports – I have 2 security camera system dvrs that I can view over internet at any time if they are connected by ethernet (they are older so they are not wifi) and a device that connects my home alarm system to ethernet – it is older too so no wifi. (Again all older items but they work fine) I got starlink back in October 22 (this is the new version with the rectangular dish) and was shocked that the router did not have any ethernet ports. I bought the adaptor above and plugged everything in. It worked flawlessly for about 3 months, it stopped 1/13/23 in case something changed firmware wise on that date. Now the only way I can get any internet is from the star link router and if I disconnect any wired switch and a TP link mesh router that was working fine before. I am not a tech person by any means but I can wire and plug things in, My intial installation was (Star link router (operating as a wifi spot with an SSID and password which worked) to ethernet adaptor connected to a TP Link Deco mesh router with 2 additional nodes. The intial TP link node was plugged to a wired ethernet switch – which in turn went to my 2 dvrs by wire and my home alarm system. The TP Link was working as a wifi spot also with its own SSID and password that worked. This all worked flawlessly until 1/13/2023. I have done some research and in appears the starlink system does not like a “Double NAT” which seems is what I have. I followed the instructions to use the bypass mode on the star link router. This did disable the wifi SSID on the star link router but I never could get any internet through the TP Link router. I did the manual reset of the star link router to turn off the bypass mode and now have internet through it as long as nothing is connected to the adapter ethernet port. I will add that I had found that some had problems with the adaptor so I bought another one. I installed it I believe on the 1/23/23 and it worked flawlessly until 1/27/23. I put the dates in again if there were some firmware changes. Is it possible that I have 2 bad adaptors? This shouldn’t be this difficult. Any insight would be appreciated.

Carsten
Carsten
17 days ago

The router for the internet connection is inside the dish if I read it correctly. so is the dish and ethernetconnecor working even without the wifi-router? That would be very nice because i want to plug into my router’s wan-port.

Thomas McLeod
Thomas McLeod
9 days ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I’m confused by this. Where does this adapter sit? Is there a network diagram for what StarLink provides? I would need to place StarLink antenna on a pole and I need it to be a microwave modem, that it..

Laimis
Laimis
18 days ago

Starling router’s WiFi is not very good and when testing the speed, while in the same room it screams that the WiFi connection is not good and shows that the speed of the router itself is significantly higher. And if the router is in the next room, there will be no normal connection at all. Another important thing is that the antenna is outside and you can often make the input in the house not where you need it, in such cases you can only get to the required room through a cable, so I think an Ethernet port router is necessary.