Starlink Mounting Options – A guide to official and DIY mounts

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The base that comes in the Starlink kit is not going to be a permanent solution for most folks. How you end up mounting your dish will depend on many factors, including obstructions, roof angle, and budget.

In this article, we will guide you through the various Starlink mounting options. We will also take a look at various mounts, including official Starlink products and third party products.

Note: This article may contain affiliate links for the products mentioned

Where are your obstructions?

The very first factor to consider is whether you have obstructions at your desired mounting location. Obstructions can be anything that blocks a clear view of the sky in the direction of the Starlink satellites. In most cases, this will be tree’s. Utility poles and other buildings could also obstruct the view of the sky.

How to check for obstructions

The Starlink app allows you to view details about obstructions in two ways. First, you can use your phone camera to search for potential obstructions. Stand in the area where you want to mount Starlink, open the app, and use the obstruction finder to see if Starlink has a clear view of the sky. This will give you a general idea about obstructions in that location.

The second method: If possible, set up your dish with the included tripod mount in a suitable area around where you think you would like to permanently mount it. Allow the app to collect data for at least 12 hours, and then check back later to see how your view is. Check the table below to see which kinds of mounts will be best for you based on how obstructed the view is from your test mounting location:

ObstructionsSolution
No obstructions after 12 hoursGreat! You’ve found a good location. Proceed to pick the mount type that works best for that location
Some obstruction time after 12 hoursThe dish will have to either be mounted higher, or further away from the obstructions. Try it at your roof’s peak. Or move it to the other side of the roof away from tall objects
A lot of obstruction time after 12 hoursIf you have a lot of tall tree’s and the peak of your roof isn’t high enough, you’ll need to go higher. An extension pole or even a dedicated tower might be necessary

Once you’ve found a suitable location for your Starlink dish that is free of obstructions according to the Starlink app, you can proceed to picking a mount for a permanent installation. In this section we will cover the various Starlink mounting options.

The structure you will be mounting to will determine what type of mount you need. For example, if you want to install on an exterior wall, an adjustable J-Mount or Starlink Wall Mount would be appropriate. For a roof installation, a Flashing Mount might be the best option.

J-Mount – the versatile mounting option

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One of the best mounting solutions for Starlink is the J-Mount. They are widely available, affordable, and extremely versatile. In fact, you might even already have a J-Mount from another satellite service like Dish Network. You’ll want a J-Mount that has a pipe diameter of around 1.5 inches to use with Starlink, such as the Winegard DS2000A that is pictured above.

The J-Mount solution requires some minor modification to connect with the Starlink mounting tube, depending on which one you buy. The easiest way is to use a mount adapter, like the Winegard Universal Antenna Mount Adapter pictured above.

Depending on the inside diameter of your J-Mount, you might need some spacer material or a bolt to fully secure the Starlink mast. Electrical tape will work just fine.

J-Mount is good for: Eave/fascia, roof, exterior wall. Extremely flexible solution. Affordable.

Might not be suitable for: Areas with a lot of obstructions. The typical height of a J-Mount is 2-4 feet, so if you need more height beyond the top of your roof, the J-Mount might not be the best option.

Related: Guide To Using A J Mount With Starlink

Flashing Mount – professional looking Starlink roof mount

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Starlink Flashing Mount + Pivot Mount

The roof is a common place that people will install their Starlink dish. If you want a professional and worry-free roof install, consider a Flashing Mount. A Flashing Mount installs under the top layer of shingles and secures to your roof structure for a very strong and leak-free solution. Flashing Mount installations will require not only the Flashing Mount itself, but also an aftermarket J-Mount or Starlink Pivot Mount in order to secure the dish to the Flashing Mount.

Starlink sells their own Flashing Mount, but you can also find aftermarket products, like the CommDeck Satellite Mounting System pictured above, on Amazon.

Flashing Mount is good for: Roof installations. High rain/snow locations where roof leaks might be a concern. Clean, professional look.

Might not be suitable for: Roofs that aren’t covered with shingles. Installation is more complex. More expensive than other options.

Non-Penetrating Roof Mount – a permanent installation without drilling

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For various reasons, some folks will not want to secure a mount to the roof structure. That’s where a Non-Penetrating Roof Mount comes in. Commonly known as a ridge line mount, these mounts are held down with weights (sand bags, concrete blocks, etc) and not fastened to the roof.

For installations on the ridge line, go with the EZ PNP Non-Penetrating Antenna Mast Peak Roof Mount. This mount doesn’t come with any type of mast, so you’ll need a J-Mount or some other type of mount to attach to it. The Winegard DS2000A is our favorite. This ridge line mount is secured with standard concrete blocks.

The Easy-Up EZ NP-30-166 Non-Penetrating Roof Mount is ideal for flat roofs. It includes a 1.66″ OD mast, so you’ll just need to slide the Starlink mast in, and secure with U-bolts, bolts, or some other type of fastener. You can anchor down this mount using standard concrete blocks.

To protect your roof from the metal mount, consider purchasing a protective pitch pad that sits under the mount.

Non-Penetrating Roof Mount is good for: Situations where you don’t want to fasten to the roof structure. You can easily move this mount around on the roof if you need flexibility in the future.

Might not be suitable for: This mount definitely stands out on your roof, as it will be held down with concrete blocks or other heavy items. Depending on how much weight you use, wind might be an issue since it is not fastened down.

Tower Mount – when your roof or wall isn’t suitable

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Starlink Dish Installed on 40 ft Tower

In some circumstances people might need to mount their Starlink dish far away from their home to be clear of obstructions. In other circumstances a dedicated tower might be needed to get the vertical height necessary to clear tree’s around the house. Tower Mount’s offer a solution for these tough circumstances.

Tower Mount is good for: Getting above or away from obstructions. When you can’t mount to your roof or structure.

Might not be suitable for: Adding a tower on your property is a big undertaking and is more complex and expensive than other mounting options. This is a more custom installation solution that will require more hardware modification than other options.

The Rohn 30′ Tower shown above would need to be combined with a pipe adapter to fit the Starlink mast diameter.

Pole Mount – good for open spaces

Starlink Pole Mount
Starlink Pipe Adapter

If you don’t have a lot of trees and other obstructions around your house, you might be able to get away with mounting the Starlink dish on a pole or post in your yard. Pole Mount’s can also be a great option if you have an open area near your house that doesn’t have as much tree coverage.

Starlink sells a Pole Mount in their shop. Alternatively, you could supply your own 1.5″ or 2″ diameter pole, and use a pipe adapter or U-bolts to secure Starlink to it. Starlink sells a pipe adapter that allows you to use your own pole/mast up to 2.5 inches.

Pole Mount is good for: When you don’t want to mount to your roof or house, or need to get Starlink into an open area away from your home.

Might not be suitable for: Areas with lots of trees. Also, pole mounts require a bit more work that most other mounting options. The pole needs to be buried, and you’ll have to bury the Starlink cable in conduit or find another way to safely route it inside your home.

Tripod Mount – permanent or temporary

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If you want to install your Starlink dish on a flat surface, but need more height than a J-Mount provides, consider using something like this Heavy-Duty Tripod Base. A Tripod Mount is useful for both temporary and permanent installations. You can stake the tripod directly into the earth for a stable temporary mount. Or perhaps you have a flat roof that you can permanently secure it to.

The Tripod Mount pictured above comes included with a mast that will accept the Starlink dish mast with a bit of modification (using pole clamps or drilling holes for bolts). You can also supply your own mast of any length you require, up to 2 inches outside diameter.

Tripod Mount is good for: Temporary or permanent installations on flat surfaces

Might not be suitable for: Takes up a bit of space. Unless you anchor the Tripod Mount, there is a risk of it tipping over in windy conditions

Chimney Mount – using an existing structure for more height

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Starlink Chimney Mount
Chimney Mount

For installations where you might need more height than the roof peak offers, or for those without shingle roofs, a Chimney Mount might be a good solution. Chimney Mount’s use your existing chimney to secure a pole for mounting the Starlink dish.

For the Chimney Mount Install Kit shown above, you will just need to supply a mast that is up to 2″ OD. It’s also a good idea to measure the diameter of your chimney to make sure the straps are long enough.

To make installation a breeze, be sure to pick up the Starlink pipe adapter, which will adapt any existing pole/mast up to 2.5″ OD to the Starlink dish.

Chimney Mount is good for: When you need some extra height. When you don’t have shingles, or if you have a roof structure or material that doesn’t allow traditional installations.

Might not be suitable for: Not all chimney types are compatible with chimney mount kits. The installation can be a bit more involved than other options.

Starlink RV – mounting options to consider

Starlink Pipe Adapter – Credit: u/KevynJacobs from the Starlink subreddit

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If you are using Starlink on your RV, van, truck, etc., there are many ways to permanently mount the dish. Many RV’s have some kind of existing mast or pole that you can use. In that case, all you would need is the Starlink pipe adapter (pictured above), which can be used to mount the Starlink dish to any mast/pole up to 2.5″ in diameter.

You can also use something like the UngSung Double Antenna Mast to Mast Clamp to clamp the Starlink dish directly to an existing pole/mast.

Standard Starlink Base

The base that comes with your Starlink kit can be used as a permanent mount if you have a suitable mounting location. For example, a flat roof that is free from obstructions. The base can also be used if you plan to keep your installation temporary and movable.

Included Starlink Base is good for: No cost as it is included in your kit. Can be secured to a structure thanks to pre-drilled mounting holes on the legs.

Might not be suitable for: Pitched roofs. Areas with obstructions.

Other mounting options to consider

Starlink Pole Mount
Custom Pipe Mount

If none of the above work for your situation, there are many different custom options available. With a pipe adapter or the right size piping, the Starlink dish can be attached to a variety of structures in a variety of ways. If you are a do-it-yourself type of person with extra materials laying around, it might be worth designing your own mounting solution using a variety of brackets and pipe that can be sourced from the hardware store.

See also: Reference guide to all the Starlink measurements/dimensions 

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Teruel
Teruel
27 seconds ago

I just ordered an Starlink Ground Pole mount to use with the HP array. Is there any tip how to connect the cable to underground conduit (eg HydroMaxx 2-in x 50-ft Non-Metal Liquid-tight Conduit) mainly what connections to use to seal it. The snow will most likely cover half of the Pole

Jack
Jack
6 days ago

I’d like to utilize an existing tv antenna with tripod on my roof. If I replace the current 3 ft mast with the 8 ft Pole Mount, should there be enough separation for the new dish (5ft) ?? Is the Pole Mount suitable for a non-burial installation ??

Essani
Essani
9 days ago

Thanks for the great info! I’m curious how tall of a pole I can put on the peak of my roof and any advice around that. It seems the pole options are for ground or chimney mounts vs roof mounts. Trying to clear Doug fir and Ponderosa Pines that surround our home. What are the challenges of putting a tall pole on our roof? Wind? Lightning?

Dan
Dan
15 days ago

I have a metal shop 3,000 sq ft in size it is 25 ft from my home. Will a mesh system reach inside my shop?

steve
steve
16 days ago

Will the starlink long wall mount fit the same screw holes drilled for the starlink short wall mount? Also, is there a “pole extender” to get another few inches pole height?

Bruce Todd
Bruce Todd
22 days ago

I have the rectangular dish. My roof has a low pitch with a large eave overhang. In regard to having minimal obstructions, the peak of the roof above the eaves works. Unless there is something I’m missing, it seems like lag bolting or through bolting the base that came with the dish would work fine. Is there some reason it would not work?

Lindsey
1 month ago

Thank you for this. We purchased the Starlink pole mount and want to attach it to our wooden fence – in case we need to move it in the future instead of cementing it into the ground. What’s the best way to do this?

Jenny
Jenny
1 month ago

Hi we have house and granny flat, what can I do to improve the signal rang of the modem to cover both as signal range on covers about 5 metres at moment

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago

how do i remove the existing legged factory Starlink mount to replace it with a wall mount. i see a button on the pole just above the legs but it doesn’t appear to do anything. How do i get the mount off?

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Is there any way to install starlink on the back of a big rig where a typical satellite tv antenna for big rigs goes? Or any way to install it on a rig so it’s permanent? If I put it out at the truck stop it will get stolen.

Eric Winter
Eric Winter
1 month ago

Thanks for the info! Any ideas on extending the distance of the cable from the dish to the modem and or how far away the modem can be from where you use it? Thanks

Diane Eve
Diane Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

We just purchased our system yesterday and it doesn’t look like we will be receiving our kit until sometime next year. Is it a possibility of getting the 150 ft cable in place of the 75 ft cable for an upcharge?

Last edited 1 month ago by Diane Eve
Emily C
Emily C
2 months ago

Just got our 2nd gen dishy and it’s looing like our best option is to perch it up in one of our trees. Would love and tips/insights into mounting system suggestions! The plan currently is to take off the top 1/4 of a smaller Ponderosa then attach a pole to the tree extending it up between 5-10 feet above the (cut) top of the tree. Would love any thoughts or guidance!

Bruce F
Bruce F
2 months ago

just got a gen. 2 Starlink dish, and have had a tough time trying to find a Ridgeline Non-penetrating roof mount for it. Unfortunately, just sticking it on a pole, will not comply with my HOA. 🙁 Any ideas?

Dan
Dan
2 months ago
Reply to  Bruce F

I believe FCC law protects you from any HOA interference for any receive antenna. I could be wrong but as a broadcast engineer this has always been my understanding for conventional satellite dishes and even TV antennas.

Katy Escobedo
Katy Escobedo
2 months ago

Hi Noah,
Thanks for all the great info. We just received our Starlink yesterday. We are super excited about installing it. We thought it was going to be easier but it’s not. We live in a very rural place. Our home is not surrounded by trees, cables or buildings. My son climbed the ladder yesterday to the side of the roof. The message said it was a decent spot. Not sure if it says great or better spot. We currently have HughesNet, we had an old pole the technician used that pole. (We had our previous satellite internet attached to a huge beam on our deck.) So I am wondering can we use that pole? What can we use to secure it? It’s not to low for the Starlink satellite? If we do decided to secure it on our roof we are thinking right at the peak. But should we use the mount it came with? We have an old satellite still stuck to our beam can we use any of that stuff to secure the Starlink one? We get some pretty good winds and some snow. Please any help would be awesome. I don’t want to send it back.

Manny Rodriquez
Manny Rodriquez
3 months ago

Hi Noah – thanks for all the information, very helpful. I got the SL confirmation email but now am struggling on where I’ll put it; we live in a very wooded area with lots of tree obstructions. Additionally have a metal roof. I think chimney install might be best, but I’m concerned about heat, smoke, etc. as we have a wood burning fireplace that we use in the winter. Have you heard of that being an issue before? If not chimney, our metal roof has several good spots without obstructions but I’m hesitant to drill into the roof… Thanks again.

Manny Rodriquez
Manny Rodriquez
2 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Magnets! That’s a great move, thanks again Noah.

Diane Eve
Diane Eve
1 month ago

We have a new metal roof also and I love this idea, thanks.

Jeff hill
Jeff hill
3 months ago

The cable that’s hooked to the “dish” should be removable. Having to drill a 1 3/8 “ holes all over the place to route the cable is unacceptable. I am an electrician by trade and have to do installs all over the place and if other companies have a huge end that’s required, the other end is always much smaller to make installs easier. You just pull the cable from the other direction, then plug the small connector into the dish. I believe this cost me an extra 4 hours time just drilling holes in top plates in my home with a hole saw because a hole saw will only drill 1 1/2 deep before bottoming out. There are 4 1/2” of wood on interior walls in most houses for top plates. Makes it almost impossible for such big holes ……get the point? Jeff hill

Keith
Keith
3 months ago

How do I release my gen 2 square dish from the tripod? I want to put the pipe adapter on it however I cant seem to remove it from the tripod

Dawn
Dawn
3 months ago

I am going to mount my starlink to my metal roof using the J-mount. What does J-Mount connect to? In the pictures there’s a small box between the mount & the roof. Where do I get that?

Brent
Brent
3 months ago

Excellent informative website, thanks for the info and your efforts putting this together.

Mona
Mona
3 months ago

Hello we just got our Starlink and are planning our install. We think a wooden post would work best for us. We get very deep snow (often over 5 feet) so roof mount and Eve mount are out and we don’t want to cement in a pole. What would be best for securing our Gen 2 dish to the post?

Rebekah
Rebekah
3 months ago

Hello– I have a 2nd gen and live in high desert, Spring winds, Summer monsoons, and very light snow. My roof is PBR metal panel. My eaves are 2ft out which seems a bit much for mounting on the structure. I’m afraid of the “no drill” clamps with 30-40 mph winds in Spring. The chimney mount is tempting but this is an old adobe structure and I’d be concerned about any additional strain on it during high winds. I found a great video on the Volcano Mount on the same PBR metal roofing, which seemed perfect– but it looks like Starlink stopped selling them. Right now I’m looking about 20ft away from the house at an electrical pole to possible attach there and just run the line to the house along the same bramble of electrical wires connecting from the pole–house. Do you have any thoughts or better recommendations than what I’m considering? Thank you!

Ron
Ron
1 month ago
Reply to  Rebekah

Hey, does anyone know where we can purchase the Gen 1 Volcano Mounts now that Starlink isn’t selling them on their website?

Rich Ruskin
Rich Ruskin
3 months ago

Can you recommend an after market kit or list of supplies to replace the cable routing kit? I have an instillation planned in a couple weeks and don’t think I can depend on getting the Starlink kit delivered before then.

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Thanks. I found some hard plastic grommets at Lowe’s that I think will work.

Remo Gaita
Remo Gaita
3 months ago

Am I able to purchase an extra Starlink RV “Base”? If so how and how much? I will install one Base on top of my Motor Home with the cable that comes in the kit. I have ordered a second cable to use if I wish to place the Dishy away from the Motor Home and I require a second Base.

Eugenio
Eugenio
4 months ago

Hi Noah
Where I want to install my antenna does not have electrical service. No power. If you would like to use a solar panel for power. Do you know how many watts it would have to generate? Is it a solution that does not harm the proper functioning of the antenna?
Thanks

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
4 months ago

Non roof penetration Starlink two pole mount

2 10ft sections of 1 1/4 conduit
1 4 foot section of 3/4 conduit or pvc
1 1 1/4 conduit but connector
5 1 1/2 bolts
10 washers
5 lock nut washer
1 impact gun or some strength
1 Stand Off Wall Mast Mount – Y Style Antenna Mast Bracket – amazon

Note i used grade 5 bolts

The dish is fairly tight when dropped into the 1 1/4 inch pipe
first drill your hole for the dish I drilled below the bottom button
After mounting the pole, place a washer one each side of the bolt and tighten up, i didnt crimp this one, but if there is any wobble crank away

two Conduit poles together , i first drilled two holes about a foot apart on the 10 foot pipe, these will be below where your putting the but connector, start pilot hole then drill the holes bigger
Insert the 3/4 inch pipe and finish drilling the hole through the first one, place a bolt in the hole to keep it from moving and drill the second hole and place bolt washer then nut and washer in both holes

Take your impact gun and tighten theses up the strength here is slight crimping or bending the metal to eliminate any play in the 3/4 inch pipe.

Slide you but connector over the 3/4 pipe and onto the 1/4 pipe
Join the two pipes together and repeat the process on the pipe above

To strength but connector, I did this after it was installed
Drill a slight small hole than the screw through the mounting hole
Place some locktight on the screws and use a large phillips screw bit and your drill or impact and tighten it down, what i was looking for was for the screw to penetrate into the metal and add some extra holding power.

Now your ready to mount the pole using the Stand Off Wall Mast Mount – Y Style Antenna Mast Bracket

Gregory Collins
3 months ago

Do you have any photos?

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
4 months ago

Question:

What is the best mounting system for portability? Example: from roof to my trunk so
that I can take it camping with me.

Many thanks. We have the system and anxiously await your advice

New Bee
New Bee
4 months ago

I was hoping to find some recommendations for Vanlife usage. Ok to leave mounted while traveling if attached appropriately? Thinking of mounting to a roof rack but would like it as low profile as possible. Recommendations on hardware? Thank you

Douglas
Douglas
5 months ago

Yep – just got one for my HughesNet pole. https://lonepinetechnology.com/ has one that should fit. Tom Mattheisen has been awesome.

Anita
Anita
5 months ago

Is there anyway it can be mounted on an abandoned satellite pole? We have a Direct TV satellite pole that is still located in my yard since we changed to Dish.

Fred
Fred
5 months ago
Reply to  Anita

No problem at all. Our house had an old J-mounted DirecTV dish attached to the eaves when we bought it. I purchased the pipe adapter from Starlink, removed the old DirecTV antenna, attached the pipe adapter, and then inserted the SL dish mast. Was even able to thread the SL cable through the J-mount for a cleaner look.

DWAYNE
5 months ago

For those having problems reconnecting the cable to the base of the antenna… take a 1/2″ wide sliver of a business card, fold it in half for a double-thickness 1/4″ wide sliver of paper. Put that under the cable as you slide it into the antenna base. You’ll be soooooooooo pissed at how easy it goes in.

Starlink’s engineering team apparently didn’t think correct alignment mattered.

John C
John C
6 months ago

Any Starlink mounts for attaching to a tree that you can recommend?

Sam
Sam
6 months ago

This is mine – I can fully recommend! no movement in the wind and survived the snow.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154890477365?mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&siteid=3&campid=5338919841&customid=&toolid=10001&mkevt=1

R Webster
R Webster
7 months ago

Are the mounting options the same for the new square dish listed above or do they differ at all from the original dishy?

J Clark
J Clark
7 months ago

Hello I got the StarLink package and put on the roof, tested the obstruction and it says it is very good clear view. Then I plugged in and it worked fine connection-wise to Internet. Then I unplugged (just to move the router/cable around) then replugged and now it is not able to find satellites, tried factory reset and all of that and still no diff. Please help thanks!

Garry Carter
Garry Carter
8 months ago

I have 2homes on my land,can this app furish 2home on one router or do I need two kits,please send info

Mark
6 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Hi
I need some help on gen 2 dish from starlink. I cannot get my cable to connect to my dish. Brand new. It was plugged in and working for my temp spot. I then took out cable to rerun wire and it will not plug back in.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mark
6 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Ok
Thank you
I agree something must be bent. Just can’t see it.
I been trying starlink since Sunday and no response.
I will keep trying them
Thank you