Why Has My Starlink Slowed Down – How to Improve the Speeds

You constantly ask yourself, “why has my Starlink slowed down?”

You are not alone, as several subscribers also complain about Starlink’s slow speeds and performance issues.

In this article, I will share potential fixes and quick tips to help improve your Starlink speeds.

However, before we get into that, let’s discuss the reasons causing your Starlink speeds to slow down. 

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  • Starlink Residential customers should expect download speeds of between 20 –100 Mbps and upload speeds of between 5 – 15 Mbps.
  • For Starlink Business users, expect download speeds of between 40 and 220 Mbps and upload speeds of between 8 – 25 Mbps.
  • On the other hand, RV users may experience slower speeds during peak hours as their traffic gets lower priority. The RV download speeds fall between 5 – 50 Mbps and an upload speed between 2 –10 Mbps.

Generally, the expected speeds above rely primarily on Priority Access.

Customers with Basic Access may experience sluggish speeds than those with Priority Access.

Starlink dish

Starlink dish

Some reasons that may cause your Starlink speeds to slow down include the following:

Weather Conditions

Starlink services aren’t affected by most light rains or snow. However, heavy downpours or snowfalls can obstruct your signal and negatively impact performance.

Usually, users may not notice any problems while browsing the internet or streaming.

The situation may only become more evident when executing things requiring low latency, like video calling or online gaming.

Obstructions

Starlink warns about the importance of properly setting up the Starlink dish. If your Starlink gets slower, there may be a chance that a physical obstacle is blocking the line of sight between the satellites and your Starlink antenna.

Therefore, when setting up a Starlink dish, it should have a 100-degree field of view; otherwise, you will have internet issues.

Overuse

Many users in your local area simultaneously using the internet may get in the way of your Starlink connection.

It will cause network crowding, resulting in slower performance and speeds.

Although SpaceX is launching new satellites, it may be unable to keep up with Starlink’s customer base, which is snowballing.

Fortunately, the company appears to be working tirelessly to draw the speeds back up.

Router or Modem Issues

Your router or modem could malfunction or be outdated, affecting Starlink’s speeds. T

heir arrangement is also critical in maintaining a stronger and solid internet connection.

If you discover slow speeds, analyze your Wi-Fi connectivity on the Starlink app.

Also, position your devices closer to your Wi-Fi router. The further away you set them from the Wi-Fi router, the slower your internet speeds will get.

Network Congestion

Starlink internet speeds may differ depending on the locality. Some regions have improved coverage and faster speeds than others.

Therefore, there may be network congestion if you experience high morning speeds but slower ones in the evening. Too many users may try to connect to Starlink simultaneously in your area.

Network Configuration

Network configuration is probably another common issue contributing to Starlink’s slow internet speeds.

You should thus assign the network settings correctly, including the flows, controls, and policies.

You will have slow internet speeds if you don’t configure the network substantially and use the wrong IP settings or DNS server.

Third-Party Devices

Third-party electronics, such as smart gadgets and devices linked to your network, can cause slow speeds. If using a third-party router, ensure you have the precise settings.

 Also, sometimes your added hardware, such as the Ethernet Adapter, could be faulty. As a result, you may experience slower speeds.

A woman running the Starlink app

A woman running the Starlink app

Now that you know why your Starlink internet speeds are slow, we covered potential solutions to help you restore the speeds. Keep reading!

Check the Dish Surroundings for Obstructions

A Starlink dish was placed outside.

Starlink internet connection works best when there are no obstacles between the dish and the constellation.

No interference ensures your dish aligns well with the constellations, giving you a stable internet connection.

Placing your dish on your rooftop or in the middle of your compound, away from blockages, is the best option.

Starlink app logo

Starlink app logo

The Starlink app can show you all the data from your dish, including obstructions, internet speeds, and internet statistics.

The internet statistics data shows you when and why the speeds were the fastest.

When aligning your dish, the app can show you the best side to face your antenna for better connections.

Additionally, the range feature shows you the Wi-Fi signal levels everywhere in your house.

Check for Network Congestion

Network technology backdrop

Network technology backdrop

The high number of users is the leading cause of the speed slowdown. Though installing more satellites is underway, it does not solve the issue immediately.

The best way of dealing with a slow internet connection is to avoid running large downloads during peak usage time.

You can schedule the downloads for when you are sleeping.

Also, turn off the streaming services you are not using and any devices that might be using bandwidth.

Use Ethernet Instead of Wi-Fi for Best Speeds

Ethernet cables

Ethernet cables

Wi-Fi is not a stable and reliable method of internet connection due to its wireless nature. Wireless communication always tends to transmit reduced links in speed.

However, a wired connection such as Ethernet will eliminate any possible Wi-Fi issues you might encounter. Though the method is tedious because it requires a cable management system, you will get the best speeds once everything is in place.

Use Mesh Nodes

Mesh networking

Mesh networking

Your slow Starlink network connection issue could be due to a weak Wi-Fi signal in some areas of your house. You can check this by confirming if you get faster speeds on a wired connection and slow speeds on Wi-Fi.

Instead of using just one router for the whole house, you can use a mesh node network. It can fix the weak Wi-Fi spots in your home and make them all uniform.

Reset button

Reset button

If all the above fixes have not improved your Starlink internet speed, you might have to factory reset it. It will restore your high speeds as well as fix other connection errors.

  • To factory reset your Starlink router:
  • Unplug the main plug from the socket.
  • Power cycle the router by plugging and unplugging it thrice in a row.
  • Check if your router has been reset. The router should show its default name. It can either be STINKY or STARKLINK.

Contact Customer Support

Service care employee

Service care employee

If resetting the Starlink router did not help, contact Starlink customer care. You can contact the support team via the website or app and click “Support” from the menu. Then,

  • Search through the topics presented and click on your issue.
  • Give it a thumbs down to submit your ticket.

Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, Starlink is a great internet solution, but subscribers still complain about its slow speeds. The system’s reliability is yet to improve.

But until then, it is best to know the causes of your Starlink slow speeds and how to fix them.

This way, you can drastically improve your speeds, even during peak hours.

But if you try all the possible fixes and fail to remedy the issue, it is best to contact your service provider.