Starlink Mesh Nodes – Mesh Networks Made Easy

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Mesh networks are nothing new in home networking, but a new Starlink accessory allows customers to easily implement a mesh network without 3rd party hardware or IT knowledge. The new accessory, called Starlink Mesh Nodes, is now available for Starlink customers with the rectangular dish. In this article, we will explain what mesh networks are, go over the details on the new Starlink Mesh Nodes, and also offer 3rd party alternatives to consider.

What is a mesh network?

A mesh network is a system of wireless access points (mesh nodes) that can all communicate with each other, and with the main internet router. It’s referred to as a mesh network because of the interconnectivity between all nodes, and the blanket coverage that can provide. Basically, installing a mesh network in your home expands your Wifi signal in a more uniform and reliable way. Most mesh networks can be installed wirelessly, meaning a physical ethernet cable back to a switch is not necessary. Simply plug in the power to the mesh node. There are wired mesh networks as well, but in this article we’ll be talking about wireless.

Mesh networks allow you to have a single wireless network that covers your entire house. If you have a smaller area, it isn’t as big of a concern. But if you have a 3000 sq ft home with three floors, getting uniform Wifi coverage can be a challenge. Wifi signals don’t navigate walls, floors, or even large furniture very well. Mesh networks change that, allowing you to solve your Wifi issues by installing mesh nodes for complete coverage over multiple rooms and floors. When using the mesh network and moving around your house, the signal is automatically transferred from mesh node to mesh node, and then back to the main router without interruption. It’s like having one super Wifi router for your entire house.

Starlink Mesh Node

You may be thinking, if mesh networks are nothing new, why is Starlink coming out with their own hardware? The main reason for the Starlink Mesh Nodes is the ease of installation and implementation. With 3rd party hardware, a certain level of networking and IT knowledge is required. Most people don’t want to read through a lengthy manual or spend 4 hours setting up their network. The official Starlink Mesh Nodes are virtually plug and play.

Credit: Starlink.com

Starlink originally launched a limited beta testing program of their mesh nodes back in April 2022. They officially launched in June 2022. Mesh networking has remained a hot topic over at the Reddit Starlink subreddit, and this new accessory could reduce the confusion and complexity of installing one for the average person.

How much does the Starlink Mesh Node cost?

Starlink Mesh Node’s cost $130 each.

Customers can buy them from the Starlink.com shop.

Round dish compatbility

Unfortunately, the Starlink Mesh Nodes are not compatible with the original, round dish. If you own a round dish, you will need to purchase a 3rd party mesh system. We put together a list of recommended products toward the end of the article.

How to set up a Starlink Mesh Node

If you’re wondering how complex it is going to be to set up a Starlink Mesh Node, here is the step by step guide:

  1. Find a place where you want to install a mesh node, then plug it in to AC power
  2. The Starlink app on your phone will prompt you to pair the newly detected node, tap Pair
  3. After about 30 seconds, the pairing is complete, and the mesh node is now ready to use

That’s it! You’ll automatically connect to the mesh node with the best signal from any wireless device you are using. If you want to check on the status of your mesh nodes, open the Starlink app and tap on Network. You’ll see your main router, and then any paired mesh nodes below.

Can you use an ethernet adapter with them?

Yes! The Starlink Mesh Nodes come with a place to plug in the Starlink ethernet adapter. Now you’ll be able to install a mesh node near your desktop PC and have a wired ethernet connection, just like if you were plugged into the main router. This feature is useful if you are forced to install your main router in an inconvenient location. It’s also useful for allowing more ethernet connectivity for stationary devices, freeing up Wifi traffic.

How many devices can connect to the Starlink router?

The Starlink router and mesh nodes can connect to up to 128 devices at one time.

Drawbacks with the Starlink Mesh Nodes

The Starlink Mesh Nodes are easy to install, but with that comes some major drawbacks compared to 3rd party mesh network hardware. Many software features that are common with mesh networks are not available. For example, you cannot rename devices on the network. You can’t view usage statistics for the devices. And you also cannot configure bandwidth limitations or traffic priority for devices. These are features commonly found in other 3rd party mesh network hardware. It is possible that Starlink will deploy some of these features in future firmware updates.

Another drawback of the official Starlink mesh product is the lack of Wifi 6 support. They run Wifi 5 (802.11ac) which is not the newest standard that is supported on many 3rd party mesh systems.

The final drawback to using the Starlink Mesh Nodes vs a 3rd party mesh system is the fact that they only support dual radio bands. The mesh nodes have a 2.4 GHz channel and a 5 GHz channel, and not a dedicated third 5 GHz band for node to node communication. Tri-band is superior to dual band in a lot of ways, and many of the cheaper 3rd party alternatives have it.

Alternative mesh network products

At $130 each, the Starlink Mesh Nodes are rather expensive compared to equivalent 3rd party offerings. For a fraction of the price per node, customers can buy popular dual band mesh network products from retailers like Amazon. If you own the first generation round dish, you’ll be forced to use 3rd party mesh options, as the original Starlink dish is not supported with Starlink Mesh Nodes. For those two reasons, we’ve decided to round up a few product recommendations from Amazon, as alternatives to buying the official Starlink mesh system.

If you have the rectangular dish, you’ll need the Starlink Ethernet Adapter in order to plug in these mesh nodes.

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TP-Link Deco AXE5400 Tri-Band WiFi 6E Mesh System

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The TP-Link Deco AXE5400 Tri-Band WiFi 6E Mesh System is our highest performing recommendation. It features tri band radios and Wifi 6E, two big performance advantages over the Starlink Mesh Nodes. You’ll get two nodes, which is enough to cover up to 5,500 sq ft. Add on nodes are available if you need to further expand the system.

Setup is simple thanks to the Deco app, available on Android and iOS. As another plus compared to the Starlink product, you’ll get extra security settings, traffic prioritization, and device management all from the app.

All that said, this is the most expensive mesh system on our list. If you don’t need top of the line performance, consider one of the two more budget friendly options below.

Amazon eero 6 Mesh WiFi System

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The Amazon eero 6 Mesh WiFi System is the best value mesh system on our list. It is much cheaper than the Starlink Mesh Nodes, with enhanced configuration settings and features. Like the TP-Link product, you get 3 nodes to provide whole home Wifi coverage. This mesh system is dual band, but the eero 6 supports Wifi 6 which is an advantage over the Starlink product.

Setup is similar to the TP-Link and Starlink mesh networks, where everything is done via the eero app. Like the TP-Link system, Amazon eero has a lot more software features than the Starlink Mesh Nodes, such as traffic prioritization and statistics.

NETGEAR Orbi Tri-band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

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The NETGEAR Orbi Tri-band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System is another great option for a whole home mesh Wifi system. You get a router + mesh extender that can cover up to 5,000 sq ft. The Orbi system features tri-band radios for maximum Wifi speed and performance, one major advantage over the Starlink mesh system.

Like the other options on this list, setup is done through the convenient app. The app gives you complete control over the configuration. Set up parental controls, guest Wifi access, and more. These extra features are one reason that we like 3rd party mesh systems over the Starlink solution.

Final thoughts

The Starlink Mesh Nodes are a game changer for Starlink customers hoping to implement a mesh network without the complexity of many 3rd party options. For $130, you’ll get enhanced Wifi coverage and the potential for an extra ethernet port. Many customers will appreciate the consistent styling and aesthetics of the mesh nodes, which look almost identical to the Starlink router.

Let us know what you think. Are you interested in purchasing one or more for your home? Do you plan to purchase the Starlink product or 3rd party?

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Eric
Eric
13 days ago

You can rename the starlink mesh routers. That’s if you can get them to even connect. I have two of my three to pair but one intermittently goes into pairing mode. The third one will not pair no matter how many times I reset it. They have extremely short range, they are priced higher than other options and it appears Starlink has no customer support. Don’t waste your money on the StarLink Mesh . It sucks!

Eric B.
Eric B.
3 days ago
Reply to  Eric

Too late for me. My 2 starlink mesh nodes supposed to be delivered today.

Cary
Cary
16 days ago

So I just got notice that I can order my Starlink. I have an existing Google Mesh network. Can you confirm that if I order the Starlink Ethernet Adapter, I should be able to plug my Google Mesh into it? Then how do you switch the Starlink Wifi/Router into Bridge Mode?

Thanks for any insights here…

Kim Bay
Kim Bay
23 days ago

We have window coverings that are operated by a device that has to be hard wired into a network. Can that be plugged into the Starlink mesh with an ethernet cable?

Irene Kirczenow
Irene Kirczenow
23 days ago

Hi, I’m wondering what the range is for Starlink mesh nodes. I’m considering for exterior wifi cameras in the context of a small rural property to monitor stock. Both distance from router and to application ((theoretical clean line of sight).

RGA
RGA
26 days ago

We’ve lived in our large home on acreage for nearly 12 years now. The large corporate conglomerates didn’t trunk in T1 when they built the community. So, DSL has been our choice and as you can imagine, sucks. Waited nearly a year for our Starlink to arrive and it’s a GAME CHANGER. Immediately purchased a mesh node as our home is large. I wish Elon and his team built this YEARS ago. It’s changed the way we live. I operate a home based business and building invoices have saved me time and frustration. My wife works from home more now that she can connect to her remote servers fast and efficiently. One con though and it’s a minor one. I sit closer to the mesh node but somehow my mobile device connects to the main router. I may have to tweak the mesh nodes location as I belive it would offer the best performance for me. The second device connects to it fine BUT it’s line of sight. Furniture in-between it and my device BUT limited AC outlets/and a place to set it may be it’s reason it offers less than stellar connectivity. Starlink and it’s mesh node has changed our lives for the better…and that’s the bottom line.

Faye Taylor
Faye Taylor
29 days ago

Hello, I am considering ordering Starlink for our Lake property. We are remodeling the basement, the ceiling between the basement and the upstairs is cement. Will a wireless node the basement work?

MICHAEL ONEAL
MICHAEL ONEAL
1 month ago

Will the starlink mesh system work with my Google Home App and allow me to control all my existing devices using Google Assistant as my Google mesh system does? I understand that Starlink nodes do not have microphones and do not expect to communicate directly through the Starlink nodes. An affirmative answer will allow me to pull the trigger.
I have a feeling of deep, heartfelt appreciation in the way you have informed in your article regarding the Starlink mesh system and even more so in the thorough and verbose follow-up in the comment sections that shows that you truly care that the folks that come to you for help leave satisfied, contented and informed. Thank you sooo much!

Kathy B Shaddock
Kathy B Shaddock
1 month ago

It is not clear to me if I can run cat6 from my starlink router to my starlink mesh node and use a switch to get to my PC-thank you for your time

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw
1 month ago

I’ve had Starlink now for a couple of months and have a WHW03 Linksys mesh system that I hooked up to it. I didn’t put Starlink in bypass mode, but the mesh system worked fine up until a week or two ago. Not sure when it stopped working, but we had a bad thunderstorm where lightning was hitting very close a week and a half ago. Don’t know if that could do anything to the ethernet cable or not. The light on the routers are hot pink. Not red or purple. I talked to support for 2 hours on Sat. to no avail. I’ve done a factory reset, I tried Starlink in bypass mode. Nothing works. Any suggestions?

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I’ve done that as well. I put Starlink in bypass mode & couldn’t get it to work, so I unplugged the mesh system & reset Starlink. I tried plugging in the mesh system again today, and still hot pink.

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I’m still wondering about the ethernet cable. I’ve read that it needs to be a cat6 or cat6a. Mine is a cat5e.

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

The other thing that makes me wonder about the ethernet cable is that the Linksys app keeps saying it’s offline, even tho it’s connected. I’ve tried setting up from the beginning, but the app can’t even locate the node when my phone is right next to it as is Starlink.

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I’m not sure how it worked before. I got the mesh system about 3yrs ago to get a signal to my pool and it also reached as far as my chicken coop which is about 200ft from the main router. The wyze cameras at the coop were getting a signal at the end of July, but not now. My Starlink internet works fine, and I have talked to Linksys support for 2 hours with no solution. I don’t have anyway to check the cable, as I only have a laptop & tablets. I may try them again. Thanks.

chrysmon
chrysmon
1 month ago

Hi and thanks for the article!
You mentioned 3 mesh nodes limit. It means I can have the main router and other 3 access points?
You also mentioned the mesh nodes can connect the Ethernet adapter. Can this be used for further extension with another 3rd party router wired to the mesh node?

Damian
Damian
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

What about an Ethernet switch to the star link mesh router Ethernet port?

chrysmon
chrysmon
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks. What about the Starlink router & mesh nodes WiFi signal? Is it relatively strong? The mesh nodes can connect different nearby buildings?

chrysmon
chrysmon
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks again! Maybe the last question: the mesh topology is star or can be daisy chain? Can you connect a mesh node to another mesh node instead the router? By placing accordingly inside the house.

Grant
Grant
1 month ago

Hi.My Starlink is being delivered!! I live on an acreage in western Canada and would like to get internet to my 2 shops. Each shop is located about 250 feet away from my house where I will be locating the dish and router. One shop is located 250 feet northwest and other shop located 250 south west of where the Starlink router will be located.Clear view to each shop. Is there a way to get reliable fast signal to each shop?would the starlink mesh routers work at the shop locations? Wifi extenders?. Cost isn’t as important as signal strength and coverage.

Grant
Grant
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks for the info and quick reply!

Erika
Erika
1 month ago

Hi Noah

I live in Australia and just received my Starlink kit. Speed is great but Wifi connection inside my house is an issue. It is a concrete house and it seems like this is causing issues. No matter where I place the router, the speed is good but I only end up with one bar at the different points where I need it. If a buy a Starlink Mesh Node, would it only need power or would it also needs to be connected to the dish/router by cable? How much more coverage would I get? I’m not up to scratch with all the new technology and need it to be simple to set up?! Your advise would be appreciated.

John Wingerter
John Wingerter
1 month ago

I need to add an external extender to my system so I can run Wi-Fi cameras on my property. Will an off the self Wi-Fi Range Extender-Dual Band 2.4 & 5GHz Long Range Wireless Internet Signal Extender work with the StarLink system.

JC Clark
JC Clark
2 months ago

Question. If i have some Netgear Wifi Mesh/extenders, can I use the existing Gen2 router to create a Mesh network or do I need to get the ethernet adaptor and a new router?

Cees
2 months ago

Would any of the 3rd party routers that you mention here work in a wired by ethernet situation? We have our main Starlink router in our house, but would like a wifi point in an outbuilding a ways away. We have an ethernet cable that we have ran all the way there, but would need a wifi point at that end to access the internet. Any help on how to configure and suggestions as to what router would be ideal in this situation would be HUGE. Right now, we have an old router we were using before, but we can’t seem to get it online.

Jami D
Jami D
2 months ago

Thank you for this great info! We got the StarLink RV and a month after that got our residential StarLink (after 15 months on the waiting list). Both packages are exactly the same except for the subscription.

We were trying to decide if we needed to get a mesh router for the house then, after reading this, I thought “is the mesh point the exact same thing as the main router?”

Answer: Yes, yes it is. So we took the RV router, did a quick reset (plug/unplug quickly 3x – power cycle), and plugged it in. It added to our home network as a new mesh point. Now when we head out on the road in a few weeks, we’ll simply reset the RV router and take it with us so we have StarLink while camping in the boonies. Saved us $130 and getting use out of the equipment that would otherwise just be sitting in the case until we travel.

So do you see anything wrong with doing this sort of thing?

Jami D
Jami D
2 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I did try that and it did not go into mesh so that was when I did the reset and it worked great.

On the flip side, I have not yet tried to plug it back into the RV dish and see if it will just go back into main router mode without needing a reset as well. Currently needing it as a mesh so when I get a chance to test it, I will report back.

Krista Wilbanks
Krista Wilbanks
2 months ago

We have a Starlink RV dish. It’s been connected for 3 weeks and during that time I have tried to order the Starlink ethernet adapter and the Starlink mesh. I get this message “You can add to cart once you process your order” what does that mean? I desperately need the ethernet adapter so I can connect a mesh system to increase the range of the wi-fi.

Thanks you very much for your suggestions.

Krista Wilbanks
Krista Wilbanks
2 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Hi Noah. All we could get was the RV dish and we are on a waiting list for the residential round dish under the same name and account.
I am worried now – will I even be able to connect a mesh (for instance EERO) to the RV dish even if I could find a Starlink ethernet adapter?

Thanks so much!

Alisa Rogers
Alisa Rogers
2 months ago

I ordered my adapter from Starlink for 25 and I installed Eero without any issues. I am also have Rv dish and zero tech skills

Krista Wilbanks
Krista Wilbanks
2 months ago
Reply to  Alisa Rogers

Thank you Alisa! I finally got the Starlink ethernet adapter and a more powerful Eero.
We already have one Eero connected to Viasat but it is weaker. So I will attempt to set up the Eero mesh.and disconnect the Viasat.
Is there any roadblocks I should know about?

Suzie
Suzie
2 months ago

Thank you for the info. Will try that first.

Suzie
Suzie
2 months ago

Ps: i do have this router but don’t know if it make any difference in my issue:: TP-Link Archer AX20 AX1800 Smart Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router

Suzie
Suzie
2 months ago

Hello Noah:
I am having difficulty with connecting my Frontpoint security cameras to Starlink. Only two cameras of five will connect. I have contacted FP but they have not figured out the problem. I had Hughesnet and all of the cameras connected to that system without difficulty.
Question is .. do I need to get a third party router to get all of the cameras to connect and work? I have sat next to the router and tried to connect them without success. I don’t want to reconnect Hugges just for security cameras. Any ideas? Thx

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

I work on a boat chartered to SpaceX working in Port Canaveral Florida. We go out and retrieve the F9 Fairings and then tow the barge with the booster back to town. Starlink that we had on the boat was so impressive I bought a unit to install on a boat that I am taking overseas. Yes, Starlink maintained a strong signal 500 miles out in the North Atlantic, worked with 25 guys onboard like a champ.
I am going to try an ambitious project, namely installing Starlink on a boat I am taking to work in Brazil. Coverage will be spotty, I’m sure, but, it will improve as Elon recently inked a deal to bring Starlink to the Amazon, where I am going.
My question…. I do not have any experience with Mesh Routers. Boats have metal walls between the decks. Will Mesh routers be able to catch a signal from my Starlink modem? I am using this now, testing it at my home before I install it on the boat.
Looking for some feedback as this is outside of my expertise.
thanks for the info you provide.

Fernando
Fernando
3 months ago

Hey Noah, thanks for the detailed explanations. I was reading the posts, and then I thought that if a 3rd party Node is used, a Wi-Fi router will have to be purchased which offsets some of the cost associated with the Starlink node. I am not an IT or Tech guy and I could be wrong.

Brandon
Brandon
3 months ago

Just got Starlink and the best place for my router is about 10-15 feet from a plug. Could I use a heavy duty power cord to connect it?

Tom Devore
Tom Devore
3 months ago

Hi Noah,

We received out Starlink kit and have it set up, we are in a remote location, so we have the dish cable running to the Starlink router which is on ” Pass thru” , and is in a remote building, we have Ethernet running from this router, 150′ feet into our home to a third party router.

We want to stay all Starlink, can we replace the third party router with a Starlink mesh router then set up to other mesh routers in other locations in our home?

Tom

Tom Devore
Tom Devore
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks, will do, we ordered one and will see.

Bob Legge
Bob Legge
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom Devore

Tom — I have this same question on if the Starlink Mesh Nodes can communicate with the main router over ethernet. Did you get an answer from Starlink?
Thanks,
Bob

Tom
Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Legge

Bob,

We just purchased one and will let you know if it works.

Tom

Cees
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Any update on this topic? We are doing a similar thing. Just curious – what router were you using originally? And is the key to just have the Starlink router in pass-through mode? We are having a hard time getting the second router to work for us. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Jim
Jim
8 days ago
Reply to  Cees

It’s been 2 months, is anyone going to do a welfare check on Tom? We’re all so self-absorbed, meanwhile his dog is now in peril, running out of Tom to eat.

Scott
Scott
3 months ago

Hi Noah. I recently purchased Starlink (in Australia). My WFH office is in a small detached building adjacent to but about 65 feet from the main residence where my modem and dish is set up. I have great connectivity in the home but I’m struggling to connect in the office. Do you think the mesh solution is an option and would it work at that distance? Regards Scott

Jan
Jan
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks for this great explanation! This sounds like exactly what I need to do to get decent WiFi in my “guest quarters” RV, which is about 70’ from my primary router. The “electrical system connection” is a long extension cord but I’m guessing that it will work!

Deb
Deb
3 months ago

Hi Noah,
I just ordered a Starlink satellite, just got the email that it has shipped and will be here next week. Will I be getting the square dish?
Assuming yes, and if I am setting up a mesh wifi for the first time as well, do you recommend I go with the Starlink Mesh Nodes from the get go? I know you said one of the draw backs is the lack of Wifi 6 support. I don’t know that I need that? How do I know?
Do you have an opinion of the Netgear Orbi whole home tri band mesh Wifi 6 system?
Lastly, do you know how quickly the Starlink Mesh Nodes are being shipped?

Deb
Deb
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Hi Noah,
Thank you for the response. I did end up getting the 3rd party recommendation you noted for mesh Wi-Fi. I got the TP Link Deco Tri-Band AX3600 Deco X68. I received the Starlink yesterday, my nodes today. The Deco set up is plugging an Ethernet into the router. Starlink router does not have an Ethernet plug. Do you have any thoughts on how I make this system work with Starlink?

Kal
Kal
3 months ago
Reply to  Deb

I have the same problem deb. Did you find out how to fix this?

Bert Dunsford
Bert Dunsford
3 months ago

What about google mesh network solution?

Courtney King
Courtney King
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

We just switched from a line of sight Internet which was our only option to Starlink. I kept both for a month to see if I felt confident in the Starlink to let the LOS go. It worked fine with her Google mesh because we have an apartment over our garage that needed the signal, but when they took away the los dish, our Google Mesh stopped working so now we don’t have internet in the house. I just ordered the Internet adapter to see if I could attach one Google point to it and make it communicate with the other two to stretch the signal out. Do I also need to buy a modem? I’m wondering if the LOS was acting as a modem even though I wasn’t using its Internet signal.?

Jay
Jay
4 months ago

Thanks for the great info. I’m very interested in the Starlink product when it becomes available. In the meantime I’ll try one of the less expensive solutions you’ve described here.