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Hands-on with the Starry Station (pictures)

The Starry Station is a $350 Wi-Fi hub that promises wireless delivery of 1-gigabit Internet.

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Starry, the new company from Aereo founder Chet Kanojia, debuted the Starry Station at a press event in New York.

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The Starry Station is a Wi-Fi router that costs $350. While it works with service from your cable provider, the big appeal is Starry's own wireless Internet service that the company says will deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit.

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The back of the Starry Station appears to have only two Ethernet ports. High-end routers tend to offer four to six Ethernet ports.

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The Starry Station will provide a Wi-Fi connection to your smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. It is also designed to support future devices in the connected home, such as lightbulbs and cameras.

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The hub features a touchscreen that lets you monitor your Internet connection and speed.

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The device also includes built-in parental controls.

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Have a big home? Starry will offer a network extender called the Starry Wing. There is no word on how much the Wing will cost. It's set to be available in late spring or early summer.

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To receive the wireless signal, the Starry Station is connected to an antenna located at your window.

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You can think of the antenna as your modem. This is what is giving you Internet, while the Station shares it with your devices.

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On one side of the glass...

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On the other side of the glass...

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The antenna in your window will pick up the signal from the Starry Beam. The company plans to mount these on buildings within a kilometer or two of customers.

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