Instead of working from the office or home, why not work from the road?


Some companies want people to come back to their office. Others accept that they work from their kitchen table. How 2022!

But why not let them work where they parked their motorhome by the side of the road with SpaceX Starlink?

I have friends who don’t work from their office or home.

They work from wherever they are. Indeed, you know one. Computerworld’s Mike Elgan has been a digital nomad for years. He works near Venice, Italy.

Me? I’m a homebody who usually works from home, but I’m working from Madrid this week.

But it’s not easy.

Take internet connectivity. Even more than power – that’s what batteries are for – we need the Internet to function.

As the Mobile Internet Research Center remarks: “There is no single “best solution” for all mobile Internet situations. If you want or need to move often enough, you need to be prepared for the reality that what works best will change each time you move.”

They are right. It changes every time.

I use Verizon when I’m in the US for my last resort 4G/5G internet. But when I’m in Europe, I go to my GoogleFi. Fi service is much cheaper and offers better coverage for international calls and internet.

How many people want to pay for two telephone services?

But what if you got a high-speed internet connection that worked for you wherever you went – ​​say, something you could plug into your RV or boat?

It’s no longer a fantasy. SpaceX’s Starlink is now available as Starlink for RV.

With that, across the continental United States, much of Canada, and much of the United Kingdom and Europe, you can now get Starlink download speeds over 100 Mbpsdownload speeds of around 12 Mbps and latency of around 20 milliseconds.

That’s more than enough for work and video conferencing.

Oddly enough, Starlink says you can sign up and grab a dish for your RV or boat right now. In the meantime, I’m still on the waiting list and won’t have a dish until mid-2022. Go Elon! Let’s put this dish on my roof!

Before whipping out your credit card, there are several things in the fine print FAQ that you should consider.

First of all, you will only get the “best service” from Starlink.

As the Starlink for RV FAQs explains, “Network resources are always deprioritized for Starlink for VR users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. Indicated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. Service degradation will be most extreme in “waiting list” areas on the Starlink availability map during peak hours.”

I don’t like the sound of this, but it’s still better than most alternatives.

In my case, Verizon covers most places I go to in the United States. “More.” Starlink promises to take care of me wherever I go, as long as I’m not in a city with skyscrapers blocking my satellite line of sight.

It’s not cheap either.

The regular Starlink costs $110 per month with a one-time hardware fee of $599. Starlink Business costs $500 per month with a one-time equipment fee of $2,500. The mobile version will cost $25 more per month, so you can expect a final monthly bill of $135.

It’s still less than what I’m paying for my Spectrum gigabit cable connection that I can’t take anywhere.

And, if you have your RV in your driveway, you can discontinue service. You only pay for the months you’re actually on the road.

You also can’t put Starlink on a car. Although I must say that the idea of ​​driving a Tesla Model S with a Starlink antenna on the roof makes me smile. You really need a motorhome. Or, if you never plan to haul anything in your van, I guess you could put one there too.

And, if you have a private jet all to yourself, someday soon you may be able to buy Starlink Jet.

So, is it worth it? I think it is for some people. If you work and really like the idea of ​​van life, that sounds great. My partner Mary and I have been toying with the idea of ​​having a small motorhome for years, and it would make things much easier. Stay tuned.

Me and my Starlink connection may soon arrive in a city near you!

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