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HOWTO: Extend your Starlink WiFi
ProDishy posted a topic in Extending WiFi CoverageExtending your starlink wifi coverage For most homes the starlink routers cover adequate range unless your home is a decent fortress made of hard materials or is larger than the average family home. This presents an issue - Brilliant wifi coverage in the kitchen, lounge but maybe very little wifi coverage in the bedrooms and outdoor entertaining areas. First we have to understand the differences of some products - that extend your wifi coverage. Many people who fail to understand networking will just push you towards a repeater, they are not always ideal - They can sometimes repeat a mess. The key differences between extenders, repeaters and mesh access points. Repeater/Extender - Not ideal, repeats noisy environments in most case and creates further RF noise - decreasing bandwidth and coverage - Doesn't connect to starlink easy due to no WPS. - Mostly don't have good range. - cheap, small antennas. You want your data being routed through your mesh, rather than repeated. Repeated data = Bad, Routed data = good. Mesh Access Points - Enables your device to roam between access points - Have one outside, then you can roam on wifi inside to another AP whilst you go from inside to outdoors. - One mesh access point needs to be connected via ethernet, that then peers to the other mesh access points - Mesh access points work by creating a " tunnel " so to speak of internet to the other mesh points - Instead of repeating it. - Mesh access points not connected to the router just require power, most likely over PoE ( Power of Ethernet ) Examples of Mesh Access Points: Google WiFi ( Couldn't find it on my local google store ) TPLINK Mesh WiFi Series Ubiquiti UniFi WiFi Series - www.ubnt.com ( Amazon, Ebay links to come ) How to connect your Starlink to 3rd Party/Access points or routers. - Starlink USB adapters coming soon - Delivery in December. Your new WiFi AP or router will have an ethernet port, plug your starlink router or ethernet adapter into the new AP or router. Instructions with the new WiFi AP mesh unit should detail which ethernet port to plug into if there is multiple ethernet ports. Most mesh AP's will setup a new SSID ( WiFi Network name ) and you can configure this either via app or by logging into its default WiFi network. Connecting new mesh AP's should occur in a similar fashion, instead they only require power as they will connect to your first AP, and mesh the wifi out so to speak. - Point to point - Extending your internet to another building. This video from Cross Talk Solutions details the use of a point to point wireless setup extending starlink internet to another building. E.g Starlink -> Starlink Router -> Ethernet port/adapter -> Ubnt PoE Adapter -> Ubnt PtP Bridge #1 -> Ubnt PtP Bridge #2 -> WiFi Access point/mesh/router with WiFi. What is bridge #1 and #2? - The radios on either building pointing at each other creating a wireless bridge. Notes: you need to ensure if you use another router that it does not conflict with starlinks IP range ( uncommon/rare to happen ) *** More updates coming soon