Starry Station Wi-Fi Router Aims To Bring Gigabit Internet to Homes

The founder of a now-defunct firm that pioneered delivering streaming TV channels over the air via the Internet is now hoping to achieve another milestone. Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia, the man who founded bankrupt Aereo, said this week that he's launching a new company, Starry, to bring gigabit wireless Internet into every U.S. home.

The Starry Station router (Image Credit: Starry) uses millimeter wave technology instead of connected fiber lines. Those waves run on the 38 Ghz unlicensed band -- a high frequency that has been mostly avoided in the past because it can be easily blocked by walls and doors, as well as by rain and other weather conditions.

For its transmitter towers, Starry plans to use active phase array devices called Starry Beams, according to the company. The devices will be placed on rooftops or other high vantage points. Starry said that with mostly clear skies, they should have a range of between 0.6 and 1.2 miles.

More Options

Kanojia said he wants to give consumers more options when it comes to getting super-fast Internet, adding that most consumers have fewer provider options due to a lack of competition in the gigabit market. Part of the reason that there are so few players in the gigabit Internet arena is that deploying infrastructure, such as fiber lines, is too expensive and time-consuming for most smaller companies.

The plan appears to have some hurdles, however. Millimeter waves can?EU?t send data very far, meaning that there will have to be lots of Starry antennas in a given area to move data from one point to another. And, the tendency for millimeter waves to struggle penetrating walls and windows are part of the reason they?EU?ve never been used to provide commercial Internet connections.

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