Starlink Roam [2023] Everything you need to know

Are you a digital nomad, a remote worker, or an RV enthusiast looking for a reliable mobile internet service? If yes, then you’ve probably heard about Starlink Roam, the latest offering from SpaceX. This revolutionary satellite-based internet service is set to change the game for those who love to work or travel on the go.

In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about Starlink Roam, its features, pricing, benefits, and challenges.

Disclaimer, does not have any affiliation with Starlink or SpaceX, Starlink® is a registered trademark of Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SPACEX).

Starlink Roam is a mobile Internet service offered by SpaceX – the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. This service is part of the larger Starlink Internet system, which uses a constellation of low-Earth orbit (aka LEO) satellites to provide broadband Internet coverage to locations around the globe.

Starlink Roam Mobile Regional was previously called Starlink RV then switched to Starlink Roam. Starlink now is offering multiple packages within the Roam category: Roam Mobile Regional, Roam Mobile Global and Mobile Priority 50GB. 

The Starlink Roam service is specifically designed for those who travel frequently or live a nomadic lifestyle, such as RVers. It offers the potential of solving the typical connectivity issues faced by travelers, such as congested Wi-Fi, slow, or non-existent Internet service.

The Starlink Internet system is part of Musk’s ambitious plan to revolutionize the way we access the Internet. Launched in public beta in October 2020, Starlink has been gradually improving its service and expanding coverage.

The introduction of Starlink Roam in May 2021 marked a significant milestone in SpaceX’s journey. Unlike the fixed residential Starlink service, Starlink Roam is designed for mobile use, allowing users to take their Internet connection wherever they go within the service area.

Starlink now offers several service tiers to cater to different user needs: Prices in CAD

Starlink Roam operates using a network of low-Earth orbit satellites launched by SpaceX. These satellites form a “constellation” that covers the globe, providing internet signals to users on the ground.

Users need a ground transceiver, commonly known as Dishy McFlatface, to send and receive signals from these satellites. The signals are then sent to a Starlink Wi-Fi router, which provides Internet connectivity to the user’s devices.

The process of setting up Starlink Roam is straightforward. First, you need to purchase the required hardware, which includes a satellite dish and a Wi-Fi router. The equipment costs $759 CAD, and it can be ordered directly from the Starlink website.

Once you receive your equipment, you simply need to clip the dish into the provided base, place it somewhere with clear sky, and connect it to the router. The router connects to the power supply, and once it’s plugged in, it quickly connects to the Starlink network and provides a Wi-Fi network for your devices.

The performance of Starlink Roam largely depends on your location and the presence of any physical obstructions. The service works best in areas with a clear view of the sky, as the dish needs to be able to track the satellites as they move across the sky.

In terms of speed, Starlink Roam aims to provide download speeds of 50-250Mbps and upload speeds of 10-20Mbps, although these speeds can vary depending on network congestion and other factors.

One of the key advantages of Starlink Roam is its ability to provide Internet coverage in remote areas where cellular networks may not reach. This makes it a valuable asset for RVers and remote workers who often find themselves in off-grid locations.

Let’s explore the hardware options available to Roam subscribers, providing insight into their features, usage, and how they cater to the mobile lifestyle.

A. Regular Rectangular Dish

  • Dimensions and Weight:
    • The regular rectangular dish measures 513 mm (20.2 in) in height, 303 mm (11.9 in) in width, and weighs 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) without the ancillary cable​​.
  • Power Consumption and Voltage:
    • It operates on 100-240V AC power, consuming between 50 to 75 watts of power​1​.
  • Usage:
    • This dish is suited for stationary usage, making it a viable option for those who plan to stay put at a location for extended periods.

B. Flat High-Performance Dish

  • Dimensions and Weight:
    • The flat high-performance version boasts a height of 575 mm (22.6 in), a width of 511 mm (20.1 in), and weighs 5.9 kg (13 lbs) without the cable​​.
  • Power Consumption and Voltage:
    • Operating on the same voltage range as the rectangular dish, this variant consumes 110 to 150 watts on average​​.
  • Special Features:
    • Designed for in-motion usage, this dish can be mounted on top of a vehicle and is resilient to extreme environments. It must be used if you might upgrade to mobile priority for in motion use.
    • This hardware includes not just the dish but a separate power supply and corresponding mount, a mount for the router, and an Ethernet cable, ensuring you have all the necessary equipment for a seamless internet experience on the go​.

Investing in Starlink Roam Mobile Regional is not just about paying for internet service; it encompasses the subscription cost, hardware cost, and any additional expenses that may arise due to international roaming. Let’s dissect the cost structure to provide a clear picture of the financial commitment you’d be making.

A. Subscription Cost

  • Monthly Charges:
    • The cost for the Regional plan stands at $170 per month, while the Global plan, which allows for more extensive roaming, is priced at $260 per month​​.
  • Price Variation Across Regions:
    • Pricing does vary across different regions. For instance, in Europe, Starlink charges the equivalent of $90 to $105 for the regional Roam version, whereas in the USA, it costs $150 US per month and in Australia, it’s roughly $116 per month​​.

B. Hardware Cost

  • One-Time Hardware Fee:
    • A one-time hardware fee is applicable, with the regular rectangular dish priced at $759 CAD, while the in-motion flat high-performance dish comes at a steep $3170 CAD. ​2​.
  • Cost Comparison Between Dish Options:

The cost difference between the two dish options is significant, and choosing the high-performance dish increases the initial investment considerably. However, you must purchase the high performance dish if you want to use the internet while while in motion​2​.


  • Wide Coverage: Starlink Roam has a wide coverage area, including many remote locations where traditional Internet services are unavailable.
  • Flexibility: With Starlink Roam, you can take your Internet connection wherever you go. Plus, you can pause and resume the service as needed, by the month, making it a cost-effective option for occasional off-grid travelers.
  • Decent Speeds: Although the speeds can vary, Starlink Roam generally offers decent download and upload speeds that are sufficient for most online activities and digital communication. Show off your remote lakeside campsite on your next zoom call or teams call!
  • Enable great Wi-Fi for you and your neighbors, often if you have good Internet, you’ll make friends. (Pro tip, name your Wi-Fi something clever) See our article: How to get good RV WiFi


  • Obstruction Issues: The performance of Starlink Roam can be affected by physical obstructions like buildings or trees. If the dish cannot maintain a clear line of sight to the satellites, the connection may drop or slow down. 
  • Deprioritization: Starlink Roam users are “always deprioritized” compared to Residential subscribers. This means that in congested areas or during peak usage times, the speeds may be slower for Roam users.
  • Pricey: The initial cost to get started, including shipping, is close to $900 CAD. This might be a bit steep for some users, especially when compared to traditional internet services. 

Coverage Area

Starlink Roam boasts an extensive coverage area, including most parts of North America, Western Europe, and Australia. Some parts of South America, including Chile and southern Brazil, are also covered.

For travelers, this means that they can access the Internet almost anywhere they go within these regions, making it ideal for RV lifestyle or remote work.

Geographical Coverage

  • Usage Within Home Continent:
    • Starlink Roam Mobile Regional is designed to provide service within the same continent as your registered address
  • International Roaming with Conditions:
    • You do have the option to roam internationally for up to two months within a calendar year, provided the roaming country is within the same continent.

If you wish to use the service outside your continent, or outside of you country for more than two months you would need to upgrade to the mobile global plan. You are able to switch plans on the app.

The Mobile Priority plan can also be used in the ocean. For more information on this plan you can read our Maritime / Mobile Priority Plan article.

One important thing to note is that using Starlink Roam Regional in a moving vehicle is currently prohibited by SpaceX. However, as mentioned earlier, you can upgrade if you really feel the urge to move! You do have to have the high performance dish if you want this option. Log into your app and switch to the mobile priority plan. You can also switch back the months you will not need the in motion service. You can also pause the service.

Power Consumption

If you’re planning to use Starlink Roam off-grid, it’s important to consider its power consumption. The standard Starlink hardware uses about 50 to 75 watts on average. When there’s no network activity, it uses about 20 watts to stay connected to the satellite network. This is something to bear in mind when planning your power usage in an RV or similar setup.

  • Geofencing Technology:
    • Starlink utilizes geofencing technology to detect the location of your hardware, ensuring you are within the serviceable geographical boundaries and adhering to the terms of the mobile regional plan​​.
  • Satellite Connectivity:
    • Leveraging Starlink’s robust satellite network, Roam ensures you remain connected even in remote areas, making the wilderness or the open road just another spot to catch up on your emails, social networks, or stream your favorite shows.

Final Thoughts

Starlink Roam is a game-changer for campers, RVers, remote workers, and anyone who needs reliable Internet access on the go. While it does have some drawbacks, such as potential issues with obstructions and deprioritization, its wide coverage, flexibility, and decent speeds make it a compelling option for many users.

Before deciding to opt for Starlink Roam, it is essential to weigh the pros and cons, consider your specific needs, and assess whether it’s the right fit for your lifestyle. Remember, the world of technology is continually evolving, and what may seem like a drawback today could be a thing of the past tomorrow.

Happy traveling with Starlink Roam!

Do you have any experience with Starlink Roam? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Michael is the main author and Editor on the InternetAdvice blog. With a decade of experience under his belt, Michael stands at the forefront of the telecommunications industry. As a Senior Telecom Strategist, Michael has witnessed firsthand the rapid advancements in technology and has been an integral part of pioneering efforts in the adoption of cutting-edge telecom solutions across Canada.

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