A new “Flat High Performance” dish is now available to order from Starlink. The new dish is designed for in-motion use, enabling high speed, low latency internet virtually anywhere on the road. The Flat High Performance dish joins the Standard dish as the two hardware options for Starlink RV orders.
The Flat High Performance hardware costs $2,500, compared to $599 for the Standard hardware. The price for Starlink RV is $135/month no matter which hardware option you select. Starlink is accepting orders for the new dish now, and expects to start delivering the kits near the end of 2022.
Flat High Performance Hardware
The Flat High Performance dish is designed for in-motion use. Compared to the Standard dish, it features a wider field of view – 140 degrees vs 100 degrees. It also has a better GPS chip that allows more precise satellite tracking. These two features allow the dish to connect to more satellites, creating a more reliable connection for in-motion use.
The dish is designed for permanent installation only. Included in the hardware kit is the flat antenna, mounts, router, power supply, and cables. The router and power supply each come with their own mounts.
Customers hoping for a DC power supply will be disappointed. The power supply that comes with the Flat High Performance kit runs on AC power. The new dish also uses substantially more power than the Standard dish, at about 110-150 watts on average.
Flat High Performance Specifications
Performance for the new dish should be about the same as Standard RV dishes. With Starlink, your account type is the limiting factor. RV speeds range from 5-200 mbps down, and 1-20 mbps up. The Flat High Performance capability will be higher in theory though. In an uncongested area with few Starlink users around, the new dish should be capable of higher speeds, but again, the RV plan is the limiting factor.
As I already mentioned, the Flat High Performance dish increases the field of view from 100 degrees on the Standard dish, to 140 degrees on this new hardware. This enables better satellite tracking.
The dish is IP56 rated, with a temperature operating range of -22°F to 122°F (-30°C to 50°C). Starlink says that a properly mounted Flat High Performance dish can withstand winds up to 174 mph.
You can check out more details and order the new Flat High Performance dish at Starlink.com.
For $2,500, this new Flat High Performance dish won’t appeal to many RV users, but I can certainly see a use case for tour buses, high end RV’s, and other mobile applications. This is the first dish available from Starlink to support in-motion use, so it will certainly be interesting to see the kinds of applications that customers come up with.
What are your thoughts? Many of you have been asking for a flat panel antenna for RV use, but do you think it’s worth it for $2,500?