If you live in a remote or rural area, you may have struggled with slow or unreliable internet access for a long time. You may have given up on streaming, online gaming, video calls or other high-data-rate activities that require a fast and stable connection. But what if there was a way to get high-speed, low-latency broadband internet in any location across the globe? That is where Starlink Internet and DrayTek Vigor Routers come in.

What is Starlink Internet?

Starlink Internet is a satellite internet product, which is owned and operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Unlike traditional satellite internet services that come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at 35,786 km, Starlink Internet uses a constellation of thousands of satellites that orbit the planet much closer to Earth, at about 550km. This means that the round-trip data time between the user and satellite, also known as latency, is significantly lower – around 25 ms vs 600+ ms.

Starlink Internet promises speeds faster than anything currently available with other satellite internet services, along with low latency, so users can engage in activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet.

Why use DrayTek Vigor Routers?

DrayTek Vigor Routers are high-performance routers offering advanced features and functionality for home and business users, and supporting multiple WAN connections, including ADSL, VDSL, Ethernet and LTE. Other features include built-in VPN, firewall, QoS, VLAN and network management capabilities that are required by modern-day businesses in single or multiple locations. Some models include a wireless controller (Central AP Management and Wi-Fi Mesh) in order to maintain and monitor the Vigor access points, thereby extending the Wi-Fi coverage of your network.

DrayTek Vigor Routers are compatible with Starlink Internet, and provide additional features that optimise your online experience by providing reliable and secure connectivity, bandwidth management, network monitoring and more.

Running a VPN Server using Starlink

Another reason to use DrayTek routers with Starlink is if you need to run a VPN server. In most cases, Starlink provides a private IP address for the Internet connection. This is known as CGNAT (Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation) and is employed by several ISPs, including most LTE service providers. It works by allowing multiple customers to share a single, public IP address. The downside is that it makes running a VPN server impossible. However, DrayTek has a solution for this called VPN Matcher. For instructions on how to use it, see our knowledge base article here, or check out the video below:

Which DrayTek Vigor Routers Work with Starlink?

Any DrayTek router with an Ethernet WAN interface will work with Starlink. However, it should be noted that many older routers do not have the NAT throughput required for the high speed Starlink connection. Later model routers now have NAT throughput of over 800Mbps so are better suited. These models are listed in the table below:

WAN Port Required Suitable Router Model/Series
Single WAN Routers Ethernet Vigor2135, Vigor2765, Vigor2766
Dual WAN Routers Ethernet Vigor2865, Vigor2866, Vigor2927, Vigor2962,
Vigor2865L, Vigor2866L, Vigor2927L
Multi-WAN Routers Ethernet Vigor3910, Vigor3912

To use the Ethernet WAN interface on the Starlink system, you will need to purchase the optional Ethernet adaptor as shown in the diagram below:

By default, Starlink provide a Wi-Fi connection, and this can be used with wireless DrayTek router routers by utilising the Wi-Fi WAN feature. The table below shows suitable wireless routers:

WAN Interface Suitable Wireless Routers
Dual WAN Routers Wireless WAN Vigor2865ac/Lac, Vigor2866ac/Lac, Vigor2927ac/Lac

Connecting your DrayTek Router to Starlink

Before you can use the Starlink system with a DrayTek router, you will need to set it up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This involves connecting the antenna dish to the supplied modem.

Once powered up, use the app to configure the Starlink router and align the antenna dish to an overhead satellite. The connection should be available and ready to use within a few minutes, but the process can take up to several hours to get optimised settings.

The next step is to run a speed test to check that the connection speed meets expectations. This is done via the app.

Utilising the Starlink Ethernet WAN Connection

The Starlink system is shipped as a wireless-only system, so an Ethernet adapter will need to be added to provide an Ethernet WAN interface for the DrayTek router. Follow the instruction sheet to connect the Ethernet adaptor to the Starlink modem.

To effectively use the Ethernet WAN connection from the Starlink system, it is recommended to bypass the Wi-Fi router function in the Starlink-supplied router. To do this, use the app to select BYPASS MODE as shown below:

Once the bypass mode has enabled, the router can obtain an IP address starting with 100.x.x.x.

Configuring the DrayTek Router using Ethernet WAN Connection

Once the Starlink system is prepared, you are now ready to configure the DrayTek router to use it. The equipment setup will be as shown in this diagram:

Connect a UTP cable from the Starlink Ethernet adapter to the Ethernet WAN port on the DrayTek Router as shown below:

Router Configuration Steps

Note: The Vigor2865 router is used as an example below, but the steps will be similar for other router models.

Note:  Starlink uses 192.168.1.0 subnet for the internet connection. It is recommended to change the default router LAN IP address from 192.168.1.1 to a different subnet, e.g. 192.168.50.1.

Step 1: Go to the WAN >> General Setup menu.

  • Check WAN 2 is enabled, and active mode is set to Always On

Step 2: Go to the WAN >> Internet Access menu.

  • Select Static or Dynamic IP for Access Mode
  • Click on Details Page
  • Select Enable and Obtain an IP address automatically
  • For WAN Connection Detection, you can select Ping Detect

Step 3: Go to the Online Status >> Physical Connection menu.

  • Check that the connection is up

Configuring the DrayTek Router to use Wi-Fi WAN Connection

Where the Ethernet WAN connection from the Starlink equipment is not available, you can utilise the Starlink router Wi-Fi facility as shown in the diagram below.

We will use the Vigor2865Lac router to show the settings required to establish a Wi-Fi WAN connection to the Starlink router.

Step 1: Go to the WAN >> General Setup menu.

  • Check WAN 3 or WAN 4 is enabled, and active mode is set to Always On

After enabling the applicable Wireless WAN index in the WAN >> General Setup configuration menu, go to WAN >> Internet Access >> Details page for the applicable interface.

  • Use the AP Discovery tool to search for available Wi-Fi Hotspots.
  • Select the Starlink Wi-Fi SSID and add it to Universal Repeater Parameters section on this page.

Additional Resources

Video:

How to set up a wireless WAN in Vigor Router

Application Example

DrayTek Training Workshop

The Starlink system was used to provide an Internet connection for a Vigor2865Lac router during a DrayTek training workshop where an NBN Internet connection was not available.

The Starlink Ethernet port via its Ethernet adaptor was used to provide an Ethernet WAN connection for the DrayTek router. This router was used to provide internet access, as well as serve as the DHCP server for the equipment used for the training workshop.

Internet connection speeds up to 180 – 200Mb/s were achieved.

The Starlink antenna was positioned outside the venue, and the signal fed via a 50-foot cable to the Starlink router (configured in BYPASS MODE), providing a direct connection to the DrayTek Vigor2865Lac router.

Main Classroom router with Starlink Internet connection

Training kit for each student

WAN Connectivity training session