Do i dare to make a third wish Music im not kidding? In my august starlink update? I commented that the new outage reporting screen on the starlink app was goofy to show sub second outages. Who cares about those, and i wished that they would filter them to two seconds or more poof in the latest. App version. Only outages of two seconds or more are displayed thats amazing thanks elons genies, and the second thing i reported on in august was a serious reduction of speed. I asked them to well tweak up the speed dial just a bit and kazam its back up. Well. Over 100 megabits per second again thanks again elons genies. So what do you think? Should i press my luck for a third wish or hold off for a bit? Well, i think ill just hold on okay lets have a look at my magic metrics for the first half of september. The first metric ive, been tracking is the number of outages per hour here. We see that my obstruction outages are well about the same as last month and other outages are up just a bit for a total measurement of 2.6 outages per hour. But the interesting thing is that the total outage time is way down around 1.4 minutes per day. Indicating that the outages im having are far shorter than i was having in july and august, and this absolutely matches my actual experience, ive been working from the cottage a lot this month and using starlink for ms teams calls without the weird phone for audio workaround that I was doing back in july and ive been thrilled.

I might have one brief blip during my calls, or none and ive been carefully watching the statistics screen through all of this. So i can quantify the outages that actually were felt versus nothing at all heres. What i found if the app showed an outage of, say, 8 seconds or less ms teams seemed to bandage over the dropout, with at most a bit of audio warble. This one, for example, happened. While i was speaking so, people noticed – and it showed us six seconds on this outage screen on the app now folks on the call said that my audio was distorted for a second or so, but nothing serious. I counted this as an outage for my metric. So all is good this one here, though, measured as a full 16 seconds on the app screen i was dropped out of the conference, call for about two seconds and rejoined automatically now that makes it not a big deal. I saw this several times during many calls enough to say that outages measuring, say 10 10 seconds or less had no impact and those over 16 seconds or so caused a brief two to three second blip to me. This is perfectly acceptable and as as long as things continue to get better im absolutely over the moon, while were on the topic of outages, i wanted to share this fascinating tool. I came across on a website called satellitemap.space. I looked at this a few months ago and i thought well yeah its a cool representation of the satellite constellation, but no big deal.

You know it. You can see the satellites and their coverage circles moving around the earth, which is amazing and cool but heres. What really drives home? What is happening inside that little dish? If you go into settings, you can now set your actual location, latitude and longitude turn off the distracting rings and zoom in really close. Now, what displays are moving red lines, giving you a graphical representation of the satellites that are potentially available to you in real time now. To be honest, i was expecting to see maybe one or two or three being visible at any given time, but, as you can see here, its more like five, six and ive seen as many as eight that the dish could pick up if it werent for the Tree obstructions, of course, in other words, there are already lots of satellite options passing overhead that the dish can connect to to me. This gives me a huge amount of hope that, as the dish, software creates its obstruction view and the switching algorithms improve. It should eventually be able to anticipate and dodge my obstructions and never be impacted by them. After all, it already knows where the obstructions are. Why is it even bothering to try to connect to satellites in those zones? There are plenty of other visible satellites. Most of the time to choose from so it should go for those i wish it would just damn it that was my third wish: anyways thats a good one to take ill.

Take it anyways. I did a screen recording of this. This thing for a full hour hoping to get an outage and correlate that to too few satellites being visible or satellites only in my blocked direction. No such luck! When you want an outage, you cant get one too funny anyways ill round this video off with my third metric speed and ping performance. As i mentioned earlier, my wish for faster speeds was answered with an average in early september of 118 megabits down and 12 up, fantastic ping unfortunately, was also up a bit an average of 56 milliseconds, which is still perfectly fine for what i do. One other perspective is speed. Variation with a regular wired connection in the city performance is pretty steady, but have a look at this histogram that i took of the speed measurements over starlink over the the weeks that i measured. Each candle represents the number of measurements done in that range: zero to 50, 50 to 100 megabits per second, and so on quite interesting how evenly distributed it is between the lower and higher speeds and then theres a few really really fast ones that pulled the average Up way, higher than the actual mean of the measurements, which was 96., my lowest measurement by the way was 12 megabits per second down and the highest was 255. well there. We have it my experiences with starlink so far in september, much higher confidence in solid conference calls without serious outages and faster speeds.

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