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Got fed up with Starlink's "sorry you can't watch TV in the rain / you ain't ever getting work done because your workplace VPN won't stop dropping / oh shit important software update lets reboot your dish so you have no internet for 5 minutes while you're in the middle of trying to do shit" shit internet and cancelled it.

Now running a little PoE powered LTE modem we had left over from the day job, with a cheap 500gb/mo data cellphone plan SIM card stuffed into it. Internet is spotless now, and $100 less to boot.

Sadly I still have to get mad at starlink at the day job.
 
It's effected by rain. :wtf:
Yep, turns out that water does a real good job of attenuating satellite frequency bands, and if you're trying to shoot packets through a microwave link at close to the Shannon limit through water/rain/moisture then you're gonna lose some of em.

Like here's a rainy morning where my work VPN wouldn't stay connected, straight out of the starlink app. By all means tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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Rain fade is a real thing. Whodathunkit.

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Yep, turns out that water does a real good job of attenuating satellite frequency bands, and if you're trying to shoot packets through a microwave link at close to the Shannon limit through water/rain/moisture then you're gonna lose some of em.

Like here's a rainy morning where my work VPN wouldn't stay connected, straight out of the starlink app. By all means tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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That's wild. Seems there might be some high-perf antenna that handles it better. Crazy though.