SpaceX Starlink Router approved by the FCC for SpaceX Internet Network The router will support 802.11b, 8.2.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-F...
SpaceX Starlink Router approved by the FCC for SpaceX Internet Network
The router will support 802.11b, 8.2.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards and will operate on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
Starlink has unveiled the first information on the router that allows access to the Internet via satellite in the course of an application to the U.S. FCC. We learn there in particular that the device will have a triangular shape. As well as some information on its data sheet
SpaceX reached this week another key point in the Starlink adventure of providing Internet from space. Indeed, SpaceX Starlink Router Approved by The FCC for SpaceX's Internet network. The SpaceX router for the Starlink project will support 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz and will be manufactured in Taiwan. The Starlink router also supports multiple inputs and multiple outputs (MIMO). Earlier this year, the company assured the FCC that its Internet network will be operational for customers in the United States by the end of this year.
SpaceX is building its Starlink broadband Internet network that will provide worldwide service to support its future missions to the moon and Mars. The aerospace company has deployed Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit. To date, a total of 540 satellites are in service in space, out of the 12,000 SpaceX plans to deploy. The next deployment of 57 satellites is scheduled for this month [date to come]. Company officials said 800 satellites will provide "moderate" Internet coverage.
In contrast, 60 Starlink satellites can provide service to 40,000 customers by simultaneously broadcasting high-definition video. "With performance that exceeds that of traditional satellite Internet and a global network with no ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will provide broadband Internet in places where access is unreliable, expensive or totally unavailable," the company's Web site says. To this end, Starlink has just passed another crucial milestone that demonstrates that SpaceX really intends to launch its product this year.
SpaceX Starlink Router approved by the FCC for space network
The regulator has posted several documents on its site, one of which contains a photograph of what the bottom of the device looks like. This photo shows a triangular device that appears to be a Wi-Fi connection router, which could serve as a link between the outdoor terminal and the customer's devices. Exact details have not yet been released by SpaceX on how the Starlink router works or how it might work alongside the terminal.
According to FCC documents, the device will be capable of receiving and transmitting signals from Starlink terminals and satellites. Also, it bears a label indicating that it is "Made in Taiwan", including a company called "Wistron NeWeb Corp". This company is a manufacturing facility that provides high quality services for communication products. Wistron is one of the many contract manufacturers providing assembly and other facilities to renowned American technology giants such as Apple Inc.
Among other specifications, the router will be 72.5 mm high and 38.5 mm wide. These details relating to the physical appearance of the router do not appear to be limited by confidentiality. That said, the filing also outlines SpaceX's plans to market the routers to consumers. It filed two confidentiality claims with the FCC as part of the router's application for authorization. The short-term application asks the FCC to keep confidential the router's internal, external and test configuration photos.
The company's request also includes the user manual for up to 180 days after authorization in order to avoid leakage and competitive harm to SpaceX. This means that the company should start marketing its routers within six months of this filing, failing which it will have to ask the Commission to extend the deadline for this confidentiality. This is in line with the estimates on the availability of the Starlink service to the general public made earlier this year by SpaceX. The company should therefore respect the deadlines.
Finally, the document also revealed the technical specifications of the Technical Test Unit (ETU) that SpaceX submitted to the FCC tests. They show that the router will be able to support 802.11b, 8.2.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The router will operate over the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency spectra and two printed circuit board antennas. Simultaneous transmission of the frequencies without interference will be possible on the router and the device will also be capable of a maximum output power of 990 mW when operating in the 2.4 GHz band.
The router also supports multiple input and multiple output (MIMO), with FCC testing using Dell laptops. This filing represents a significant milestone for Starlink, and the FCC plans to publicly release the photographs and user manual for the Starlink router during the second week of January 2021.
Source: FCC documents