How to DIY Starlink Temporary Mount

If you’re like us just joined as a Starlink customer, waiting for their permanent mount to be shipped, but already paying for the Starlink Network stay tuned. I’m going to tell you how to build a simple DIY Starlink Temporary Mount.

Small satellite dish sitting on top of a handmade DIY temporary mount.

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Rural Regions and Remote Areas – SpaceX’s Starlink Maybe Your Permanent Solution for an Internet Service Provider

If you live in rural areas, have a clear view of the sky, and need an internet connection a Starlink dish might just be the answer for you. I don’t exactly live in remote areas, but you would think I did to look at our internet access options.

There were several problems we were facing when it comes to internet connectivity

  • 01 Lack of Options for High Data Speeds. There is one high-speed internet provider where I live and they do not even have an unlimited data plan.
  • 02 Lower Cost Option while not sacrificing upload or download speeds.
  • 03 An Option That Wasn’t 5G related. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I didn’t want a 5G Router in my home. The idea of satellite service seemed like a good idea. And our best option for the long term.
  • 04 A Permanent Solution for Rural Internet for a “someday” Homestead. I always want to keep in mind the future, especially when making any larger financial investment.

Internet Access is a Rural Struggle Even in Today’s Technological World

For 8 years we struggled using a company constantly paying upwards of $200/mo. We finally had had enough and switched to the only other feasible company. We were fortunate to get a free wi-fi router that worked with that company, as well.

However, the maximum speed we were able to achieve was 10 Mbps. Which if you know nothing about internet speeds, is incredibly slow. Never mind that the upload speed was almost non-existent.

If we were simply consumers we probably could have just made due. But because my husband and I are both content creators, the speed was torture.

This started me on my journey looking into what other options there could possibly be. It’s sad that so many communities in the United States still struggle to get reliable internet.

The Starlink Kit sat in my home for almost an entire month before I finally took action. It didn't seem logical to have this big grey box with all the goodies and high speed internet sitting there while we pay for service we weren't using. All waiting for a wall mount to come in the mail.
My Starlink Kit Box. Nothing exciting here, just high-speed internet at my fingertips.

The Low Earth Orbit of the Starlink Satellite Constellation Allows for Minor Disruptions

Yet another issue many of us in rural America face is regular service interruptions. In my area, you get heavy rain and your internet is out.

The lines in my city are outdated and need to be replaced. But try getting these companies to invest.

And when people get home from work in the evening and usage skyrockets you’re lucky to get even 5 Mbps. Which feels slightly better than dial-up.

As of June 2021, there are over 1,500 Starlink active satellites, making Starlink the largest satellite constellation around Earth. In fact, SpaceX now owns more than half of all active satellites circling our planet. Ultimately, Elon Musk plans for Starlink to consist of many thousands — or even tens of thousands — of satellites, providing the entire globe with high-speed, low-latency internet.

When designing my temporary mount I wanted it to be tall for two reasons.

  • 01 I live in a subdivision and have a lot of obstructions for any ground stations to be installed properly. Which meant the higher I went, the less chance for service interruptions. Obstructions equal brief periods of no connectivity.
  • 02 Wanting to keep it far from ground level because of children.

Why Build a Temporary Mount and Not A Permanent Structure?

Because of our current living situation, in a subdivision, we chose to do a side mount on our home. However, they won’t be shipping out for at least another month.

In the meantime, we’re paying for Starlink Service. Therefore, it seemed illogical to pay $110/mo for internet service while the Starlink kit sits in the box.

I decided I’d put a bunch of free untreated 2x4s to good use. Bonus is, I could secure the entire structure to my deck which solved four problems.

  1. I didn’t have to worry about its stability in high winds.
  2. The cord could easily be run under my deck into my house for the time being. Keeping it safe, also.
  3. This was the least obstructed area in my yard.
  4. It could be installed quickly and was near a power supply.

To find a good spot to install your temporary or permanent mount structure you will want to download the Starlink App. It didn’t work on my phone unfortunately but worked great on my husband’s.

The app will help you to choose the best location to secure your mount by how much of the sky is unobstructed.

Watch this on Youtube:

The sides connected with 2 1/2" screws. Built very simply as a giant rectangle. But allows air to flow through it and it is very sturdy. Built out of 2x4s, 2 1/2" screws and secured to my deck with 4" screws.
It is not a pretty structure. A basic long rectangle. But it has the bonus of allowing air to flow through it.

How to Build a DIY Starlink Temporary Mount – Steps 1-6

Before you begin building your structure you want to consider a few minor details like becoming a Starlink customer. If you aren’t a customer and have any of the same struggles we did, I would recommend heading to the Starlink Website.

Who knows, maybe you do online gaming (like my teenager) or need to make video calls (like my husband). Then again, maybe you’re just living in one of the areas of the globe like we do, which has no great local options.

We signed up for it last month and expected to not be eligible to receive it until 2023. Many people in my area who signed up for it last year are just now receiving theirs.

But we were fortunate and they are quick. Our wait was a mere week.

Step One – Get Your Supplies, Tools, & Download the Free Plans

Now is the time to start prepping to build your DIY Starlink Temporary Mount.

The list of supplies is pretty small. I used a total of 5 – 2x4x8s to build this DIY Starlink Temporary Mount. I was gifted untreated ones, but you could purchase treated lumber to ensure they last longer if you’re concerned.

When my permanent mount comes in these boards will be repurposed into potato boxes, so I’m happy they’re untreated.

I go into all of the details and cut the list in the free printable plans, so don’t forget to download that below for your ease.

Convertkit Download Opt In for the DIY Starlink Mount Plans

    Supplies and Tools Needed to Build Your DIY Starlink Temporary Mount

    Supplies that I used to Build and Install My DIY Temporary Starlink Mount

    Tools that I used to Build and Install my DIY Temporary Starlink Mount

    Step Two – Start Your Making Your Cuts from Your Printable Cut List

    I outline the cuts for each of your 5 – 2x4s in the plans above to make it easier for you, but it is a really simple build.

    The top and bottom of the frame are exactly the same, two short sides and two long sides connected with 2 1/2" screws.
    The header and footer of the rectangle are assembled exactly the same. Two 14″ ends and two 20″ sides are secured together with 2 1/2″ wood exterior screws.

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    Detailed Cut List

    • 14 inches – x4
    • 20 inches – x4
    • 65 inches – x4

    For your first and second 2×4 you will make a single 65″, and two 14″ cuts. Always cut the longest cuts first to avoid running out of wood for a long enough cut at the end.

    65″ + 14″ + 14″ = 93 inches approx.

    You will have approximately 3 inches of leftover out of your first two boards. Minus the width of your blade.

    Note: Always ensure when you mark your wood to cut on the correct side so you’re getting your full piece.

    For your third and fourth 2×4, you will cut a single 65″ and 20″ cut.

    For your fifth and final 2×4, you will cut two 20″ boards. And when you’re done with this project you’ll have a few scrap boards to be creative with as well! Which, is totally a bonus in my opinion.

    Step Three – Start Your Assembly of your DIY Starlink Temporary Mount

    The Header and Footer

    The top and bottom are the exact same process. Therefore it took me less than an hour total.

    First, line up the 14″ boards on either end and place the 20″ boards between.

    And then, second, secure the 14″ ends with 2 – 2 1/2″ screws holding them fast while you screw them in.

    If you had two people this process will be even easier! But I built it fairly easily by myself, so don’t worry about it if you’re alone.

    You can see the top secured to the small satellite dish and secured into the longer legs.
    The ends are 14″ long, the sides are inset at 20″ length, which makes the top 14″x24″ exactly.

    Step Four – Now Comes The Trickier Part

    Installing the Header and Footer to the “Legs”

    First comes the footer

    01 Place the footer on the ground in front of you.

    02 Then, place one of the 65″ boards standing up on top in the corner of the base.

    03 And finally, use 2 – 2 1/2″ screws, one on each end, and screw them in at an angle.

    Repeat these steps for all 4 legs until they’re secure enough for the next step.

    04 Turn the entire structure over on top of the header.

    The side of the temporary built mount that holds the small starlink satellite above most obstructions in my yard.
    You can see the 2 1/2″ screws screwed in at an angle. You could use 4″ screws if you wanted an extra secure hold.

    Installing the Header

    While the entire structure is upside down resting on the header repeat the steps above.

    01 Secure one leg at a time by using 2 – 2 1/2″ screws screwed in at an angle.

    02 Also ensure you’re applying pressure to keep the boards as straight as possible. (We don’t want a wonky structure).

    03 But if you’re struggling obviously try to get some help, extra hands are great. If you can’t get extra hands, clamps would be a great option.

    Those screws can sometimes be tricky. Especially when you’re holding the leg with one hand and the screw is teetering at the end of your impact drill bit.

    So, I’ve found It’s helpful to get them started straight and then move them to an angle and apply a lot of pressure. You want them to grab as much of the board they’re going into as possible.

    Don’t be afraid to take them out and try a second time to get a better angle.

    Our super beautiful temporary mount made of 2x4x8 scrap wood. It's essentially a six foot long rectangle that is screwed into our deck for stability. My husband placed a cinder block on top for extra good luck.
    Do you like my husband’s extra good luck charm? Just for good measure, he chose to put a cinder block on top.

    Step Five – Securing Your DIY Starlink Temporary Mount to a Solid Structure

    Obviously, there are a plethora of options for how you can build and secure a temporary mount for your Starlink Satellite dish. However, this was our best option to secure it quickly.

    I hope I’m giving you an inspiration to problem solve and get the job done in the most efficient and secure way. $550 is a lot of money to invest in equipment if it gets thrown about in a storm.

    I chose to secure the entire structure to my deck using 4" wood screws. This ensures that the entire structure is secure and won't move at all in even a pretty good storm.
    Another good angle of how the legs were secured to the base. This creates a very secure corner.

    Securing It to Our Deck with 4″ Exterior Wood Screws

    For this step, I opted to ensure the entire structure was as level as I could get it. Therefore, before screwing it in I put my level on the top.

    I got my shovel out and tried to make the ground as level as I could as well.

    When I was satisfied it wasn’t the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I secured it using 4 – 4″ wood exterior screws straight into the sides of my deck.

    This mount is not going anywhere.

    Step Six – The Final Step, Installing the Satellite on the Top of the Mount

    Would you believe when I first started cutting the wood I totally got the measurements wrong? Yep. I made a rookie mistake and created the mount the exact size of the metal leg mounts.

    Which meant it wouldn’t be able to be secured onto anything. Thank goodness for trial and error and that those 2x4s were free. See, I make mistakes so you don’t have to.

    If you decide your needs require adjusting the plans you at least know the top measurements have to be at least 14×24″ to be able to secure the dish to it.

    The metal dish mount legs were secured to the top of my temporary structure using 4 - 1/4" x 1 1/4" washers and 4 - 2 1/2" wood exterior screws.
    The washers ensure that the screws cannot be wiggled out if it should get windy out there. Also, keeping it extra tight and secure.

    Installing the Metal Dish Mount Legs to the Temporary Mount Structure

    You’re in the home stretch!

    01 Take your 4 – 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ washers and 4 – 2 1/2″ screws.

    02 Put a washer through each screw.

    03 Secure each leg one at a time using a screw and a washer.

    Well, friends, I hope I have given you food for thought and hopefully helped solve a problem! But I’ll settle for inspiring you.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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    Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→

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