The base that comes in the Starlink kit is not going to be a permanent solution for most folks. How you end up mounting your dish will depend on many factors, including obstructions, roof angle, and budget.
In this article, we will guide you through the various Starlink mounting options. We will also take a look at various mounts, including official Starlink products and third party products.
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Where are your obstructions?
The very first factor to consider is whether you have obstructions at your desired mounting location. Obstructions can be anything that blocks a clear view of the sky in the direction of the Starlink satellites. In most cases, this will be tree’s. Utility poles and other buildings could also obstruct the view of the sky.
How to check for obstructions
The Starlink app allows you to view details about obstructions in two ways. First, you can use your phone camera to search for potential obstructions. Stand in the area where you want to mount Starlink, open the app, and use the obstruction finder to see if Starlink has a clear view of the sky. This will give you a general idea about obstructions in that location.
The second method: If possible, set up your dish with the included tripod mount in a suitable area around where you think you would like to permanently mount it. Allow the app to collect data for at least 12 hours, and then check back later to see how your view is. Check the table below to see which kinds of mounts will be best for you based on how obstructed the view is from your test mounting location:
|No obstructions after 12 hours||Great! You’ve found a good location. Proceed to pick the mount type that works best for that location|
|Some obstruction time after 12 hours||The dish will have to either be mounted higher, or further away from the obstructions. Try it at your roof’s peak. Or move it to the other side of the roof away from tall objects|
|A lot of obstruction time after 12 hours||If you have a lot of tall tree’s and the peak of your roof isn’t high enough, you’ll need to go higher. An extension pole or even a dedicated tower might be necessary|
Types of mounts that work with Starlink
Once you’ve found a suitable location for your Starlink dish that is free of obstructions according to the Starlink app, you can proceed to picking a mount for a permanent installation. In this section we will cover the various Starlink mounting options.
The structure you will be mounting to will determine what type of mount you need. For example, if you want to install on an exterior wall, an adjustable J-Mount would be appropriate. For a roof installation, a Flashing Mount might be the best option.
J-Mount – the versatile mounting option
One of the best mounting solutions for Starlink is the J-Mount. They are widely available, affordable, and extremely versatile. In fact, you might even already have a J-Mount from another satellite service like Dish Network. You’ll want a J-Mount that has a pipe diameter of around 1.5 inches to use with Starlink, such as the Winegard DS2000A that is pictured below.
The J-Mount solution requires some minor modification to connect with the Starlink mounting tube. The easiest way is to use u-bolts or pipe clamps to secure the Starlink dish to the J-Mount. Alternatively, you can drill a hole and replace the original Starlink dish mounting tabs with a bolt and nut.
Depending on the inside diameter of your J-Mount, you might need some spacer material or a bolt to fully secure the Starlink mast. Electrical tape will work just fine.
J-Mount is good for: Eave/fascia, roof, exterior wall. Extremely flexible solution. Affordable.
Might not be suitable for: Areas with a lot of obstructions. The typical height of a J-Mount is 2-4 feet, so if you need more height beyond the top of your roof, the J-Mount might not be the best option.
Flashing Mount – for professional looking roof installations
The roof is the most common place that people will install their Starlink dish. If you want a professional and worry-free roof install, consider a Flashing Mount. A Flashing Mount installs under the top layer of shingles and secures to your roof structure for a very strong and leak-free solution. Flashing Mount installations will require not only the Flashing Mount itself, but also a J-Mount or Starlink Volcano Mount in order to secure the dish to the Flashing Mount.
Starlink sells their own Flashing Mount but you can also find aftermarket products, like the CommDeck Satellite Mounting System pictured above, on Amazon.
Flashing Mount is good for: Roof installations. High rain/snow locations where roof leaks might be a concern. Clean, professional look.
Might not be suitable for: Roofs that aren’t covered with shingles. Installation is more complex. More expensive than other options.
Pole and Tower Mount – when your roof or wall isn’t suitable
In some circumstances people might need to mount their Starlink dish far away from their home to be clear of obstructions. In other circumstances a dedicated pole/tower might be needed to get the vertical height necessary to clear tree’s around the house. Pole/Tower Mount’s offer a solution for these tough circumstances.
Pole/Tower Mount is good for: Getting above or away from obstructions. When you can’t mount to your roof or structure.
Might not be suitable for: Adding a pole or tower on your property is a big undertaking and is more complex and expensive than other mounting options. This is a more custom installation solution that will require more hardware modification than other options.
The Rohn 40′ Tower shown above would need to be combined with a pipe adapter to fit the Starlink mast diameter.
Tripod Mount – permanent or temporary
If you want to install your Starlink dish on a flat surface, but need more height than a J-Mount provides, consider using something like this Heavy-Duty Tripod Base. A Tripod Mount is useful for both temporary and permanent installations. You can stake the tripod directly into the earth for a stable temporary mount. Or perhaps you have a flat roof that you can permanently secure it to.
The Tripod Mount pictured above comes included with a mast that will accept the Starlink dish mast with a bit of modification (using pole clamps or drilling holes for bolts). You can also supply your own mast of any length you require, up to 2 inches outside diameter.
Tripod Mount is good for: Temporary or permanent installations on flat surfaces
Might not be suitable for: Takes up a bit of space. Unless you anchor the Tripod Mount, there is a risk of it tipping over in windy conditions
Non-Penetrating Roof Mount – a permanent installation without drilling
For various reasons, some folks will not want to secure a mount to the roof structure. That’s where a Non-Penetrating Roof Mount comes in. Commonly known as a ridge line mount, these mounts are held down with weights (sand bags, concrete blocks, etc) and not fastened to the roof.
The EZ PNP Non-Penetrating Antenna Mast Peak Roof Mount shown above can be combined with a J-Mount to provide a versatile mounting option for Starlink.
Non-Penetrating Roof Mount is good for: Situations where you don’t want to fasten to the roof structure. You can easily move this mount around on the roof if you need flexibility in the future.
Might not be suitable for: This mount definitely stands out on your roof, as it will be held down with concrete blocks or other heavy items. Depending on how much weight you use, wind might be an issue since it is not fastened down.
Chimney Mount – using an existing structure for more height
For installations where you might need more height than the roof peak offers, or for those without shingle roofs, a Chimney Mount might be a good solution. Chimney Mount’s use your existing chimney to secure a pole for mounting the Starlink dish.
For the Wineguard CM-2012 Antenna Chimney Mount shown above, you will just need to supply a mast that is up to 1.5″ OD. It’s also a good idea to measure the diameter of your chimney to make sure the straps are long enough.
Chimney Mount is good for: When you need some extra height. When you don’t have shingles, or if you have a roof structure or material that doesn’t allow traditional installations.
Might not be suitable for: Not all chimney types are compatible with chimney mount kits. The installation can be a bit more involved than other options.
The Starlink Base – for temporary installations, flat roofs, and more
The base that comes with your Starlink kit can be used as a permanent mount if you have a suitable mounting location. For example, a flat roof that is free from obstructions. The base can also be used if you plan to keep your installation temporary and movable.
Included Starlink Base is good for: No cost as it is included in your kit. Can be secured to a structure thanks to pre-drilled mounting holes on the legs.
Might not be suitable for: Pitched roofs. Areas with obstructions.
Other mounting options to consider
If none of the above work for your situation, there are many different custom options available. With a pipe adapter or the right size piping, the Starlink dish can be attached to a variety of structures in a variety of ways. If you are a do-it-yourself type of person with extra materials laying around, it might be worth designing your own mounting solution using a variety of brackets and pipe that can be sourced from the hardware store.