Are you curious about how much bandwidth Starlink can deliver? How much data (bandwidth) you use while using certain devices, apps at certain times of day. A lot of people spend time constantly speed testing their network trying to figure things out, but there is a more useful tool than the speed test that not too many are talking about, it's Starlink's Network Statistics. You can check your network statistics in both the Starlink App as well as from a browser. Checking and understanding your bandwidth usage through the network statistics will help you make the most of your Starlink internet, helping you deal with your day to day needs.
To access your Starlink Network Statistics and run your own tests, go into your app and click on stats or go into your browser and type in 192.168.100.1 and click on stats. I prefer checking in my browser on my P.C. The charts are a little larger and more spread out, but the app works fine too. Once you're in the app you can run tests and watch your statistics both increase and decrease.
You will notice a lot of fluctuation, with numbers dropping but that is normal as your system sends millions of packets back and forth, causing temporary pauses in transmission. It is the overall average that you will want to try and observe, as better seen in both the blue and green graph lines. This is where you can see the bandwidth that is being used, you might be surprised at how little certain system use compared to others.
Using the blue graph we can see that it has peaked at 31Mbps but mainly stayed in between 10-15 range over the last 15 minutes. The Data Map on the left will change, so make sure to take note. It will grow as your bandwidth usage surges and shrink as it's less used. This is a good way to do a quick check on your bandwidth to help spot problems. If that number is big you have a lot going on on your network.
Upload, although extremely important, is not used as much. Hence the reason most ISPs offer fast 100Mbs+ download speeds with often only 10-20Mbps upload speeds. Uploading graphs will show up if you're sending large files, like pictures and videos and over online meetings using video. Video games also place a steady demand on the upload speeds.
The data map on the left constantly changes but gives you a quick way to see how hard your network is working. The bigger the number, the harder the system is working. Check out what it is when everyone is gone to see what your resting bandwidth usage is and watch it surge once everyone gets home and online. The graphs give you a better overall picture but you can see how much of a surge your network is getting.
Checking at the peak of the day lets you see how hard the network is working. You can see in the image that the graphs are staying fairly steady around the 70Mbps, download and 1Mbps upload. The Starlink system has no problem running at this rate, there were 6 devices being used when I ran this test as well as another 5 devices sitting dormant on the network, waiting to be activated.
The Latency Graph shows how delayed your satellite ping is. Gamers in particular want this as low as possible or at least as steady as possible, because Starlink is pinging moving satellites there is a lot of fluctuation. This graph will change if you have a lot of interference outside of the dish, like tree branches moving that are just clipping your signals. Not exactly precise as no matter how clear the sky it will still be jumping a lot.
The uptime graph lets you know how long you have been kicked off line from the satellites. If you're seeing a lot of downtime here then my first go would be to check the field of view, especially if it happens in the wind. The leaves can block signals and cause outages as they move around. It could also just be a poor mount that moves in the wind as well.
All these tools found in stats only help point you in the direction of the problem but doesn't give you the answer, you still have to use some good old brain power to figure out the rest. That doesn't discredit its use at all, in the hands of well studied Starlink user there is plenty of info to glean from to help solve some complex problems. We hope you have been enjoying these articles. If you have then feel free to become a member for free and stay up to date with everything Starlink!