Starlink Bypass Mode: What It Is & How To Activate It (2024)

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Written By Viktor

Product manager by day, Starlink enthusiast by night.

While most users should be fine with the regular hardware kit they receive from Starlink, some may have special needs, which could be met by utilizing a third-party router.

Those needs could include anything from wanting faster speeds and greater ranges all the way to setting up a static IP.

In any case, putting your Starlink router into Bypass mode is required. In this article, I highlight what Bypass mode is, how to set it up, and aspects to be aware of.

What Is Starlink’s Bypass Mode?

Starlink’s Bypass (or Bridge) mode allows users to completely disable the built-in Starlink WiFi router functionality.

Bypass mode is primarily aimed at those who want to use their own router and not the one that comes in the hardware kit. If you use two routers (one external and the Starlink router), then you will have two WiFi frequencies in use.

The Starlink router does come with some limitations, such as a lack of Ethernet ports (to connect other devices), enabling port forwarding, or setting up a mesh system for extended internet coverage.

Third-party routers may also be able to provide you with greater bandwidth, meaning both download and upload speeds could potentially be higher.

Plus, models like the ASUS RT-AX86S offer greater signal ranges as well, thus removing the need to purchase an extender.

Additionally, Starlink regularly pushes out new firmware updates, which may lead to a router reboot, and thus introduce potential networking failures that necessitate a manual reboot to resolve.

By using your own router, you can determine when those updates take place.

In order to access Bridge mode, you need an ethernet adapter. Users can purchase one within Starlink’s shop.

Enabling Bypass mode is only supported for those customers who own a regular or high-performance rectangular dish. The original circular dishy does not offer Bridge mode.

How To Activate Bypass Mode

Enabling Bypass mode is fairly easy and can almost exclusively be done within the Starlink mobile app.

First, make sure that you have a functioning internet connection, allowing you to log into the Starlink app.

You can either use your phone’s mobile connection or stay connected to the Starlink network while enabling Bridge mode.

Next, open the Starlink app and click on SETTINGS in the home screen. By default, you land on your Starlink router settings.

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Starlink router settings

From there, click on BYPASS MODE (pictured above), which redirects you to a page with a slider. Simply move it to the right.

Starlink will ask you to confirm your choice by clicking on OK. And just like that, you’ve enabled Bypass Mode.

When you return to your app’s landing page, you will find both the Network and Statistics pages grayed out and thus being inaccessible.

Not being connected to the WiFi and thus utilizing your cellular data (as highlighted by the 4G/5G you should see at the top of your phone) should mean that Bypass mode has successfully been enabled.

Starlink makes sure to point out that you need to own the Starlink-branded ethernet adapter and use your own network equipment (i.e., router, cables, etc.).

A factory reset is required if you plan to disable Bypass mode. We published a separate tutorial on how to do that here.

What To Consider

One aspect to be aware of is that the third-party router you plan to use offers both Network Address Translation (NAT) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

Whenever activating Bridge mode, you’ll lose the DHCP services that are responsible for assigning IP addresses to your devices on your local network.

Additionally, the NAT functionality of the Starlink router will also be lost, which allows multiple devices to share a single public IP address.

Although you’re technically able to replace the DHCP services with a switch, it won’t be sufficient unless you can configure the switch to do NAT/masquerade.

Without this configuration, you won’t have anything in place to share the single CGNAT (Carrier-grade NAT) IP address from Starlink.

7 thoughts on “Starlink Bypass Mode: What It Is & How To Activate It (2024)”

  1. I’ve been using Starlink and a 3rd party Deco Mesh system for over a year and I do not have bypass mode on. Is this an issue? I haven’t had any connection issues with either the third-party mesh system, or the Starlink router itself. I’m wondering if bypass mode is even necessary. Below is a snapshot on how my system is currently set up just for reference.

    Starlink router – SSID is “Starlink Router”
    Deco P9 system – SSID is split into “Deco 2.4” and “Deco 5.0”.

    My main Deco router is plugged in with an ethernet cable into the Starlink router. Every device in my home that is capable of 5 gigahertz connect to the 5.0 network every device that requires a 2.4 connection only connects to the 2.4 network.

    My 2.4 only network is technically a Guest network in the Deco app.

    I included all of that detail just for reference, but my main point is still my question about bypass mode. If for some reason, I will pick up speed by enabling the bypass on the Starlink, then I’m all for it. But it seems that it’s not necessary.

    Nothing connects to the Starlink router and minor devices (non streaming devices like garage door openers and sprinkler timers) connect to the 2.4 only.

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    • Hi Landon, I’m not sure about this particular mesh node system. However, you don’t have to bypass the router necessarily. So long it works and is fast, all good!

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  2. Until he runs into the Dual NAT trap on certain network services and requirements. Then it becomes a nightmare. Single NAT is preferred which is why Bridge Mode is offered in all major router models and brands.

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  3. For mesh nodes and systems, I agree it is unnecessary to enable the bypass mode. But, if someone wants the additional security and protection of a VPN router, then this might be a consideration. This way it would prevent your home devices from accidentally or inadvertently connecting to the less-secure Starlink router. I plan on testing the bypass mode enabled and disabled when I receive my new VPN router. Obviously single-NAT will be the primary approach and perhaps some static routes on the WAN side of the VPN router may need to be created to properly route traffic out to the internet. I will come to this discussion thread later with my results.

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  4. Hi Viktor,
    Would you be able to say if this Bypass mode enables us to simply turn off the Wi-Fi for the purpose of connection to internet via the ethernet cable (without a second router)?

    Thanks a lot.

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