Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122° Fahrenheit

A satellite dish sitting in a forest next to a portable power supply.

Enlarge / Starlink satellite dish and equipment in the Idaho panhandle’s Coeur d’Alene National Forest. (credit: Wandering-coder)

(credit: Reddit user SocietyTomorrow)

The user, named Martin, posted a screenshot of the error message on Reddit. He contacted Starlink support, which told him, “Dishy will go into thermal shutdown at 122F and will restart when it reaches 104F.” Martin decided to give the dish a little water so it could cool down. He pointed a sprinkler at Dishy, and once it cooled enough to turn back on, “I immediately heard YouTube resume playback,” he wrote yesterday.

But the Internet restoration was short-lived, Martin told Ars in a chat today.

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