Make Your Starlink Internet Better on Ubuntu Linux: Tether an Android Mobile Device and Use Them Simultaneously
Combining two Internet connections on Linux is no rocket science. All you need is the right channel bonding app like Speedify.
In this guide we'll show you how you can use your Starlink satellite Internet connection via Wi-Fi together with a tethered Android mobile device. You will be combining the two connections on Ubuntu Linux using Speedify.
You can get a secondary Internet connection via a different ISP. Examples include DSL, cable, or cellular connections. Speedify can bond your Starlink satellite connection with any number or combination of other Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic among them for optimal performance. Plus, if you get disconnected from Starlink in the middle of an important video call or file transfer, Speedify will seamlessly failover to your other working Internet connection(s) without skipping a beat.
NOTE: For best results, use Internet connections from different sources. In general, joining the same upstream network multiple times (such as the same router via Ethernet and Wi-Fi) will not improve performance.
3 Steps to Combine Starlink and Tethered Android on Ubuntu Linux Using Speedify
Step 1: Connect to Your Starlink Wi-Fi Hotspot
First - make sure you setup your Starlink according to the instructions you received in the package. This includes setting up your new Starlink Wi-Fi network, along with your password.
Click on the arrow in the top right corner (also known as the System Menu) then Wi-Fi > Select Network and choose your desired network. Select the Wi-Fi hotspot associated with your Starlink connection and enter the password to connect.
Step 2: Connect Your Android Device to Linux and Enable USB Tethering
Connect your Android device to your Ubuntu computer using a USB cable. A notification will show at the top of the screen on your Android device - swipe down from the top of the screen > Touch and hold Hotspot > Turn on USB tethering.
Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering to enable USB tethering.
Your Ubuntu computer will start using your tethered Android device and you should see it in the system menu listed as a “Wired Connection.”
Please note that when USB tethering an Android phone, if that phone is connected to Wi-Fi, the tethering will share the Wi-Fi connection and not the cellular connection. In order to use the cellular connection from your Android phone into the mix, enable mobile data and turn off Wi-Fi on your smartphone.
Step 3: Download and Install Speedify
Last but certainly not least, download and install Speedify. Once running, Speedify will automatically detect your Starlink connection and any other available Internet connections and combine them for increased speed, security, and stability.
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.
When using Starlink Internet, Speedify is the only VPN that makes your online experiences faster, more reliable, and more secure.