Mac: Use a Secondary Cable / DSL Wi-Fi Connection Together with Your Starlink Ethernet Link
When you're using Starlink as your main Internet connection, it's recommended you combine it with another Internet source, for more reliable connectivity. As we all know, satellite connections , including Starlink, are prone to being unreliable, whether it's a temporary outage or the weather is acting up.
Do you have access to both wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi on your Mac? Then, you’re extremely lucky – you can benefit from a super-connection by combining Starlink with your cable / DSL Internet together at the same time for better connectivity.
All you need is a channel bonding (or link aggregation) software app like Speedify. In this guide we'll show you how you can use your Starlink satellite Internet connection via wired Ethernet together with another Wi-Fi network (that can be your old cable / DSL connection, for example) and then use Speedify to combine them on your Mac.
You can also combine Starlink via Wi-Fi - see our Getting Started page for guides on that. Just select "Starlink" as one of the connections to combine.
3 Steps to Combine Starlink via Wired Ethernet with Cable / DSL via Wi-Fi on a Mac
Step 1: Connect to Your Starlink Internet via Wired Ethernet
As of January 2023, Starlink comes in the box with the Wi-Fi router only. But you can get a Starlink Ethernet adapter you mount between the dish and the Wi-Fi router. This will provide a wired Ethernet port you can input into your Mac.
Connect an Ethernet cable between Starlink Ethernet adapter and the Ethernet port on your Mac. In most cases, you’ll automatically connect to the internet. If your computer doesn’t have a built-in Ethernet port, try using a USB to Ethernet adapter, or a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter.
Step 2: Connect to Your Cable or DSL Internet via Wi-Fi
Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. (If Wi-Fi is off, choose "Turn Wi-Fi on.") Select your cable / DSL Wi-Fi network from the list. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.
Step 3: Download and Install Speedify
Last but certainly not least, download and install Speedify. Once running, Speedify will automatically detect any available Internet connections and combine them for increased speed, security, and stability. This means you should see both your Starlink wired Ethernet connection as well as your cable / DSL Wi-Fi connection in the app's user interface.
You can manage settings, view statistics, and even apply limits to individual connections by either clicking/tapping on them from the Dashboard or by navigating to the desired connection through the main Settings menu.
Speedify will work quietly in the background to optimize performance including prioritizing streaming web traffic to avoid stuttering, buffering and disconnects.
Whether at home, work, or on-the-go, Speedify is the only VPN that makes your online experiences faster, more reliable, and more secure.