Despite being a necessity, not many users know how to access the Starlink router settings portal.
The settings for the Starlink router can be accessed by logging in to the Starlink app and opening the settings tab. Alternatively, the settings page also has a web portal that can be accessed by using a web browser to search for the router's IP address.
How to Access Starlink Router Settings
The conventional way to access settings for any internet router is to log in to the router's gateway using the preset credentials.
This can be a security hazard in a sense, considering that most routers have default credentials based on their model and anyone connected to the network can tweak the settings.
Starlink, as expected from a modern Internet Service Provider company, uses a proprietary router and therefore negates the drawbacks to an extent.
Starlink provides a more convenient method to tweak your settings on top of the conventional gateway method, making the experience that much more seamless.
Using the Starlink App
This is the preferred method for accessing, communicating, and changing the Starlink router's settings.
Here are the prerequisites you need:
- Your smartphone or tablet running a compatible operating system (iOS or Android) that is connected to your Starlink router via WiFi or ethernet.
- The Starlink app is logged into your Starlink account and synced to your Starlink router.
Here is how you can access the Starlink router settings using the Starlink app:
- Open the Starlink app on your phone.
- After the Starlink connection status becomes online, tap on the Settings option.
This should take you to your router settings under the tab named WiFi configuration.
Using the Starlink Portal via a Web Browser
As mentioned above, you can also access your Starlink router settings from a web browser if you don't have access to the Starlink app.
Do note that the Starlink portal is not a router administrator portal. In fact, Starlink does not have one.
You will still be left with configuring the same settings that you would be using in the Starlink app.
Here are the prerequisites you need:
- A smartphone, tablet, or laptop that is connected to your Starlink router via WiFi or ethernet.
- Any web browser.
Starlink uses the Starlink Router UTR-201 for most of their Starlink Residential customers.
Here is how you can access the Starlink router settings using a web browser:
- Open the web browser on your device.
- On the address bar on top, type in the following IP address to access your Starlink router's admin portal: 192.168.1.1
- The login portal will ask you for your router's SSID and password.
The login credentials can be printed on your Starlink router's back. The serial number (S/N) is your router's SSID or username.
Your Starlink WiFi username and password are entirely different from your Starlink router's username and password.
The router username(SSID) and password are set by the router manufacturer (in this case, Starlink), whereas the user has total control over the WiFi credentials.
You will have access to your router settings once you input and log in to the Starlink portal.
Starlink Router Settings that you can Configure
Now, since Starlink uses its own proprietary router, there are a few drawbacks associated that might not please a lot of users who want their freedom with their routers.
Starlink has opted to restrict users from accessing and playing around with a lot of advanced settings.
The most common advanced settings that have been omitted are the following:
- Parental controls for connected devices.
- MAC filters.
- Port forwarding.
- Configuring LAN DHCP scope.
The router settings that can be configured by Starlink users are the following:
Configure Dual WiFi Bands
This setting allows you to create two different WiFi signals: a 2.4GHz band and a 5 GHz band.
2.4GHz band will offer more WiFi coverage, whereas the 5 GHz bands will offer much better download and upload speeds.
WiFi SSID and Password
This setting is to set the network name (SSID) and password of your WiFi signal.
You can set the SSID individually for both the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHz bands.
You can set a custom Domain Name System (DNS) of your choice using this setting.
You can set up a third-party router or a mesh node to your Starlink router by enabling this mode.
It is evident that Starlink does prioritize the user experience of its products over relaying the freedom of configuring its products to the user's hands.
This is not a bad thing at all, considering the audience who look forward to accessing such complicated settings is very niche.
But the unavailability of an administrative portal is something a lot of enthusiast users consider a drawback of Starlink internet in general, forcing them to switch routers.
I hope my article on the various methods with which you can access your Starlink router settings has been a worthwhile read and has aided you with the same.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the maximum coverage of the Starlink router?
The Starlink router UTR-201 is rated to cover 2000 square feet. This can be extended by installing mesh nodes.
Is the Starlink router weather resistant?
The Starlink router is rated IP54, which effectively makes it resistant to mild water sprays and limited amounts of dust.
Starlink routers are recommended to be placed indoors.
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