The Starry Station by Starry is a touchscreen router that includes parental controls and simplifies how you use the internet. When I recently set it up – I had it out of the box and running in less than 10 minutes and that included adding all of my devices to the new networks. WiFi is fast – with good streaming and surfing quality much faster than my previous router. It also works with all types of internet including fiber optic, cable and includes built in WPA2 Encryption. The Starry Station is a triangle shaped router which stands on a side – the base is 3 inches wide and there is a fan behind it.
One of my favorite things about Starry Station is the ease of setup and the fact that I can have parental controls in the palm of my hand or by using the touch screen on the router. I loved that I could set one device, my 8 year old’s to be off from a specific period of time or even just block his access entirely if I wanted to either from the router or from the app. I also found that the speeds on the router were more true to what I paid for with Comcast compared to my previous router. I have a bit of an unusual house set up – and in the past have had a boost downstairs because for some reason I can’t always get good network signal. Although I did continue to use my wireless access point, it was easily reconfigured to Starry and gave me better and faster service than I had previously. We live in a media friendly home, and regularly stream Netflix, cable TV, surf the internet as well as having several smart appliances. Another bonus of the router was that it had the same name for the 2.4G as well as the 5G network, which meant that you didn’t have to remember as many passwords to login. Using the touch screen or my iPhone/iPad I was able to walk around the house and easily add new devices quickly! We had 10 devices online easily at a time and noticed no lags or slowdowns while using the router. We also had some Apple and Android devices as well to try to see if the device mix would change how the network performed and didn’t notice an appreciable difference. The router also includes a speaker and mic – for future voice control options which are not yet enabled. I can’t wait to see those enabled. It also includes guest access which is easily turned on via your device or touchscreen so you can choose who has access and who does not!
A bit about the parental controls – this by far was my favorite feature of the router. I loved that I could easily filter content, pause the internet (for one device or all) and limit access to specific apps using the app on my iPhone. This meant I could set screen time rules for specific devices, like my son’s iPad without having to worry about blocking my iPad or my husband’s devices. I also liked that I could set safe content and turn off access to social media all with the touch of a button. At our house we usually have #devicefree Friday nights where we try to turn off our devices and spend time together as a family. I always hated having to go upstairs to unplug the router so no one would try to “sneak” access to the internet – now with Starry it’s a simple tap of a button on my iPhone and the internet is off. The offline hours are great as well – they help to ensure you don’t stay up too late because it can automatically turn off the internet at a specific time (although you can override as necessary). I also liked the customer support I got when I needed it – I spoke with someone in the United States who took the time to help me answer my question about the wireless access point and ensured things were configured properly.
In terms of enhancements, I do wish the router had more ports on the back of it. There are only two ports – one for internet coming in and the other for internet coming out.. I did get a wireless bridge to give me more ports so I could plug in all my Ethernet devices in my office. I also noticed that the network health changed a lot – even when I was standing in the same place. It was nice in theory because I could see what devices were on the network easily. I would like to see a web based dashboard in the future just in case I didn’t always have access to my device and needed to tweak something a bit more than I could do with the touch screen.
Overall, this is a great router which includes parental controls and allows you to easily turn on and off the internet. The parental controls differentiate this router from others on the market with the ease of a touchscreen or your device – all in one place and easy to use. Plus, with the app you can turn on and off the internet even when you are not home. It was easy to set up and use, and I love knowing that my son is safe while online as we work on setting our digital boundaries but give him access to a tablet and computer for homework. RRP $250 USD on Amazon.
Starry Wi-Fi Stationby Starry, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 58.91 MB
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|Touchscreen||3.8″ LCD Touchscreen|
|Ports||2x Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1-in, 1-out|