Irrespective of how you intend to use your Starlink, there are a few accessories that could make life much easier for you as a Starlink user.
As a Starlink beta tester who has played around with almost every accessory, I'll walk you through every useful accessory for Starlink.
Plenty of official and unofficial accessories are available for Starlink, which enables functionality for RVs, mounting, and networking.
Best Starlink Accessories for Mounting
|Mount||Best Use Case||Price|
|Pivot Mount/J Mount||Ideal for Pitched Roofs||Amazon|
|Flashing Mount||For concealing cables and better waterproofing. To be bought with Pivot Mount||Amazon|
|Ground Pole Mount||For open yards with no obstruction.||Starlink|
|Non-Penetrating Roof Mount||Flat Roof. No Drilling. Can be Moved.||Amazon|
|Volcano Mount||Basic mount. Cheap and works if your roof pitch isn't too high.||Starlink|
|Tower Mount||40 ft. height. Expensive. Use only if you have heavy vegetation all around.||Amazon|
|Tripod Mount||Good for temporary fixing on the Ground. Also good for roofs if you want more height than Pivot Mount.||Amazon|
|Wall Mount||Best for mounting to the wall of the house.||Starlink|
|Chimney Mount||Strapping around the chimney. Safe from Winds.||Amazon|
I'll explain in detail the advantages and disadvantages of each of these mounts and where you can get them.
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Pivot Mount/J-Mount for Starlink
The Pivot mount is the most popular option for mounting Starlink on the roof especially because most residences have pitched roofs.
Also called a "J-Mount", this mount is fixed either by drilling lag bolts into your roof structure or attaching it to a pole.
There's a little difference between a pivot mount and a J-mount in that J-mount has a small bent whereas a pivot mount is straight.
The best choice I found for this type of mount is the Winegard DS-2000A which is strong enough to withstand heavy winds and is quite affordable.
Since this mount from Winegard is specifically made for Starlink, it fits perfectly with the Starlink dish pole.
The U-bolts you get with the mount is enough to secure the dish tightly in place without any drilling.
Note that you need to drill the mount to the roof using bolts, but you don't need to drill into the mount itself to make things fit.
The pivot mount/J-mount lets you adjust the angle of your dish relative to the pitch of your roof. This lets you keep the dish pole vertical which is the ideal position.
Without this angle adjustment option, like in the volcano mount sold by the Starlink official shop, you might find it difficult to keep the angle of the mast of the Starlink within limits (<30°).
When fixing the pivot mount make sure to drill into the roof joist for maximum strength.
In addition to fixing this mount to the roof, you can also connect it to a pole.
For poles less than 1" in diameter, you need a universal mount adapter to attach the Winegard mount.
|Attached to||Adapter Required?|
|Pole (1" to 2" dia.)||No|
|Pole (less than 1" dia.)||Yes|
Here's a step-by-step video of how to fix a J-mount on your roof for your Starlink.
While this mount is strong enough to withstand most daily wind situations, during bad weather scenarios such as hurricanes, I recommend you take your dish down for safety.
Regardless of the mount you choose, make sure you check the exact measurements of the Starlink dish before buying the mount.
Flashing Mount for Starlink
The flashing mount can only be used in combination with other mounts such as a pivot mount or a volcano mount.
A flashing mount offers three key benefits.
- Excellent waterproofing with zero chance of leakage.
- Hides unsightly cables inside and helps guide the cable into the attic.
- Less invasive in terms of drilling required.
The biggest disadvantage to a flashing mount is that it's relatively expensive.
Even if you don't want to guide the cable through your attic, it's safer, in the long run, to use a flashing mount to prevent any water leakage.
The best option I found for a flashing mount is the Commdeck Satellite Dish Mounting System (Amazon).
You can also get the same product through the manufacturer's website here- RSTC Enterprises Shop.
In the flashing mount, the hole for the cable is fully covered by a top lid, and the edges are sealed to make it waterproof.
The flashing mount is fixed to your roof using truss head screws.
This is much less invasive compared to directly attaching the pivot mount/J-mount to your roof where you need to use lag bolts.
You also have to apply roof cement around the edges of the flashing mount to make it adhere to the shingle roof.
This combination of screws and roof cement is strong enough to withstand most wind conditions.
If you have a tiled roof and not a shingled roof, make sure to get this tile-specific flashing mount- Commtile Flashing Mount as it has an in-built allowance for tile height.
Ground Pole Mount
The ground pole mount from Starlink is for you if you have a plain yard without trees obstructing Starlink's visibility.
The pole mount needs to be fixed to the ground using a concrete foundation or drilled into your deck.
If you already have a pole, use the universal mounting adapter to make it fit the Starlink mast.
Non-Penetrating Roof Mount
This mount is excellent when you don't want to drill through your roof and need something that can be moved around if necessary.
There are two options here depending on your roof type- A ridge mount (roof peak) and a flat roof mount.
For ridge mounting, this is what I suggest-Non-Penetrating Antenna Mast Peak Roof Mount. You need to get the mast separately for this one.
The angle of this ridge mount can be adjusted to match the pitch of your roof.
For a flat roof, this is a great option-Non-Penetrating Flat Roof Mount.
You can weigh down these mounts using either cinder blocks or sandbags. They hold up very well even under heavy winds.
The volcano mount is a basic mounting option that's available in the Starlink shop.
The biggest benefit to this mount is that it's the cheapest option if it fits your situation and is simple to install.
The disadvantages of the volcano mount are that it requires drilling lag bolts through your roof and also there's no option to adjust the angle.
If you have a steeply pitched roof, do not get a volcano mount as the Starlink dish pole (mast) tilt could exceed the maximum allowed angle of 30°.
You'll get this error on your Starlink app if you go beyond the maximum tilt allowed-"Starlink not vertical. Your Starlink's mast is tilted too far."
Tower Mount for Starlink
The tower mount can be a great mounting accessory if you have a lot of tall trees around your house obstructing your Starlink's visibility.
The best and most popular choice for a tower mount for Starlink is Rohn 40 ft tower.
A tower that's this tall will give you tremendous visibility.
However, it's probably the most expensive mounting option for Starlink.
You need a heavy concrete foundation under this tower, and also lightning protection.
The total cost for such a project can be almost $2,500-$4,000.
Opt for this only if you've run out of all other options.
Look through the Starlink app to assess the level of obstruction at your place first.
Tripod Mount Accessory for Starlink
The tripod mount is good to use in two situations.
One is when you want a temporary mounting solution on the ground that you can move around.
You can use spikes or bolts to hold it in place on the ground.
A second situation is when you want to mount Starlink on your roof and you want more height than what a pivot mount can offer.
The best tripod mount for Starlink is the Skywalker heavy-duty tripod base, which gives you 5 ft. height, much more than the 37" that the Winegard pivot mount offers.
A wall mount, as the name suggests is an accessory for mounting your Starlink on an external wall of your house.
It comes in two sizes- The long wall mount and the short wall mount.
The long wall mount is meant to be fixed on the wall itself.
While it has a relatively long reach, make sure to measure the length of your eaves or gable and ensure the long wall mount extends beyond the overhang.
The standoff length of the long wall mount from the wall to the edge of the mount is 16.8".
Starlink will not work if you mount it under your gable.
The short wall mount is meant to be fixed on the gable itself rather than the wall (see image).
Something I dislike about the wall mount that's sold by Starlink is that the arm has an open-type design that could collect leaves, snow, and debris inside.
The chimney mount is a strap and bracket system for mounting your Starlink dish on your Chimney.
Key advantages of this mount are that you don't need to do any drilling and it holds up extremely well even during heavy winds or bad weather situations.
Since it works using straps, it fits any chimney that you could find.
This is the Chimney mount kit that I recommend for Starlink- Winegard 12ft Chimney Mount Starlink.
The steel straps in the kit are quite sharp so you need to do the installation very carefully.
This tripod-style base is included with every Starlink dish.
It's good for a temporary setup when you have an open area devoid of obstructions to place your dish.
Best Networking Accessories for Starlink
Starlink Ethernet Adapter
The Starlink ethernet adapter lets you make a wired connection from your Starlink if you got a rectangular dish.
You can use it to either directly connect ethernet to your computer/laptop or to your home hub/mesh network.
An ethernet connection is preferable if you want to do latency-sensitive activities like online gaming or video conferencing.
Another use case is if you want to use a custom router of your own, this ethernet adapter is a necessary accessory.
If you get the round Starlink dish, an ethernet port is included in the power adapter and you don't need to get it separately.
With the rectangular Starlink dish, however, you need to get it separately as an accessory.
Before you ask, No you can't choose the dish type you get!
Without this adapter, you only get a WiFi connection from the router that comes with Starlink rectangular dish.
Starlink Mesh WiFi Nodes
A mesh network system is great if you have a large house and want excellent network strength in all areas of your house.
With a traditional router setup, the range can be quite limiting.
This becomes a problem especially when you have several devices (security cameras, smart home systems) connected to your WiFi in different parts of your house.
A mesh WiFi system solves this using a network of nodes at different points in your house.
While Starlink sells its own mesh WiFi system, I recommend you get the eero mesh WiFi system which is far more flexible and effective.
This 3-pack system is sufficient for homes up to 5000 sq. ft in area.
How do you use this mesh system with your Starlink?
There are two situations here depending on whether you got the round dish or the rectangular dish.
With the round Starlink dish, the eero mesh system (or any mesh for that matter) can be connected directly to the white port where the Starlink router connection goes.
If you got the rectangular Starlink dish, you need to purchase the ethernet adapter separately.
Set the Starlink router to passive/disabled mode and connect the eero to the ethernet adapter.
Cable Routing kit
The cable routing kit offers a neat way to get the cable from the Starlink dish into your home through the wall.
The kit has bits, sealant, and routing tool and clips you need to set everything up correctly.
The clips let you fix the cable into a loop shape that allows for rainwater and moisture to drip to the ground instead of ingressing into the wall.
Getting the cable through the wall is a preferred option for a lot of people who don't want to drill through their roofs.
Masonry Routing Kit
This kit is very similar to the cable routing kit except that you get bits and accessories that are for drilling through masonry.
Here's what you get in the masonry routing kit.
Starlink ships a relatively long cable with your Starlink dish.
What's the length of the Starlink stock cable?
- 75 ft. for the rectangular dish (upgradable to 150 ft when ordering)
- 100 ft. for the round dish (not upgradable).
If you travel with your Starlink, you might want an extra cable.
The other common situation when you'll need a replacement cable is if your cable runs through your lawn and a lawnmower snaps it.
This cable has proprietary ports and you can only get it from the Starlink shop (cable).
Best RV Accessories for Starlink
RV Ladder Mount Kit
If you're an RV owner, you can get this quick setup RV ladder mount kit to mount your Starlink.
While you can DIY this, you can be done with the setup of this kit in under 20 minutes.
Starlink Travel Case
Starlink sells a hard travel case for those looking to travel with their Starlink dish.
You most likely need this if you are a Starlink RV or Starlink portability user as you'll travel with Starlink.
This is extremely handy for Starlink RV users who will need to mount and unmount their Starlink dish often.
The size of this travel case supplied by Starlink is 25"x16"x 12".
If you don't want to wait around for Starlink to ship this case to you, other good cases are also available for immediate order.
Like this Pelican 1610 Case With Foam that has interior dimensions of 21.78 x 16.69 x 10.62.
The Starlink dish and accessories will fit perfectly in this case.
Starlink Official vs Aftermarket Accessories: Which is Better?
While this depends on your exact situation, good-quality aftermarket accessories work well with Starlink.
All the products I recommended in this article have been tried and tested successfully by several Starlink customers.
Aftermarket accessories are also much quicker to ship compared to those from Starlink's official shop.
How to Order Official Starlink Accessories
Starlink's official shop becomes accessible to a user when their pre-order gets converted to a full order.
If you order from an area where there's no waiting list, the Starlink shop will be available to you immediately.
But if you're on a waiting list and have only made a pre-order deposit, wait until your order gets converted to a full order.
Once you get full access, sign into your account here-shop.starlink.com and you should be able to order any Starlink accessory you need.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can you plug an Ethernet cable into Starlink?
You can plug an ethernet cable into Starlink if you get the round dish which comes with an ethernet port in the power adapter. If you get the rectangular dish, you'll need to buy the ethernet adapter separately for connecting an ethernet cable to Starlink.
What is the Starlink Ethernet adapter for?
The Starlink ethernet adapter sits between the Starlink dish and the Starlink router. It powers the Starlink dish and also transmits data to and from the dish using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection. On the other end, it connects to the Starlink router.
Do you own your Starlink equipment?
According to the Starlink terms and conditions, you fully own the rights to your Starlink equipment. This means you are free to sell or do whatever you want with your Starlink hardware.
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