Trouble with Starlink

February 3, 2024

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The Trouble with Starlink

What do you do when you live in an area that is underserved by broadband? Maybe you still use DSL, or even, gasp, dial-up modems. There are a lot of people with slow internet connections that limit or prevent them from doing many online activities most of us take for granted. Streaming Netflix or working from home may not be an option when you have limited broadband service.

Elon Musk and SpaceX recognized this and were determined to fix the problem by offering the Starlink satellite broadband service. The goal was to launch a lot of small satellites into earth orbit that would cover the planet and get people connected at reasonable broadband speeds. If you are coming from a DSL world, any speed improvements would be welcome.

The day has come when if you can aim a 19inch (48cm) satellite dish at the sky, you can enjoy real broadband speeds. Starlink manages to provide great speeds that allow customers to do pretty much everything the rest of us have been doing for years.

Except for one thing.

Most of us are ok with consuming online content, doing zoom calls, and remote work with our broadband lines at home. But occasionally, when you aren’t at home, you may want to connect to something at home like your NAS (Network Attached Storage) or even your desktop PC using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). That’s where things can get a little tricky. And that’s where Starlink can block you and not make it possible to connect back to your home location.

That’s because Starlink doesn’t assign a public IP like a typical broadband service and doesn’t let you port forward. No IP and lack of port forwarding means connecting back to your household where Starlink is located can be very difficult or even impossible. The good news is that there is a tool like Remote.It that solves this.

Remote.It can be easily installed on most PCs, Macs, and Linux devices. Once installed, it acts like a gateway to your home. Let’s say you have a Synology NAS or PC at home with Remote.It installed. You can then make a connection to either device from just about anywhere. Once you are connected, you can use RDP to connect to your PC, or get to files on your Synology. You can even access other devices on your home network. Starlink is great, Remote.It just makes it better!

Want to get started? Check out this article on setting up Remote.It with Starlink.

Happy connecting!

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