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Starlink Router inside 2022-01-10

The new Starlink kit with the square dish and router doesn’t come with an Ethernet port. That’s makes it difficult to connect to an existing multi-building Ethernet. But we found a way.

[Hub, Starlink router, BrosTrend RJ45 adapter; Speedtest.net]
Hub, Starlink router, BrosTrend RJ45 adapter; Speedtest.net

That’s the Starlink router on the left, and next to it a “BrosTrend Dual Band 1200Mbps WiFi Bridge, Convert Your Wired Device to Wireless Network, Works with Any Ethernet-Enabled Devices, WiFi to Ethernet Adapter with Standard RJ45 LAN Port, Easy Setup”. It cost $45.99. BrosTrend has various other models at lower or higher price that may or may not do the same job. We know this one works. Continue reading

Starlink: 277 Mbps down, 14 Mbps up, 31 ms latency 2021-12-26

Update 2022-01-10: Starlink dish 2021-12-27.

Finally, real Internet access out here in the piney woods of south Georgia.


Those numbers are with speedtest.net. Starlink has its own speedtest, which shows similar numbers. The latency is sometimes higher, but so far never over 100 ms.

We did have to trim a few sweetgums, but now we’re getting almost no interruptions, unlike the frequent outages with either AT&T DSL or Verizon Home Fusion.

So no more oh, it’s out again, go do something else for awhile, or another spinner, or an error message because nobody in Silicon Valley designed anything for slow links.

Now: get software? Zip, it’s here. Put videos on YouTube? A minute or two instead of hours.

Starlink cost: $99/month.

Sure, that’s twice what I pay for AT&T’s alleged 3 Mbps DSL. But Starlink is 100 times as fast and, let’s see: it actually works.


Slower is Safer

The public plan for paving Quarterman Road includes a 45 MPH speed limit. That’s too fast for a rural local road.

Speed Limit 35 Even the already-paved part of Quarterman Road currently has a posted speed limit of 35 MPH (shown at right). That’s the part the subdivision uses to go to work. I have never heard anyone complain that speed limit is too low. Why, then, would anyone need a faster speed limit on the rest of Quarterman Road, which has less traffic?

As mentioned in the previous post, I understand that county staff and commissioners are concerned about their certifications, liability, and even, as we heard at the public commission meeting, about getting telephone calls in the night. Here is evidence that turning Quarterman Road into a wider, faster, collector road would not reduce any of those risks to county staff or commissioners, rather, by decreasing the safety of the road and its residents, such changes would increase risks to staff and commissioners.

First note that AASHTO itself carefully distinguishes residential neighborhoods from highways: Continue reading