Does Boost 25 have any effect on how fast browse pages load?

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While it good to have a fast download speed, what I really would like is faster loading of web pages.
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Speed should allow for quicker loading. If you do a speed test you can sort of gauge where you are now and what you could see with the speedboost. 
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I can't figure out from the website how much Boost 25 costs. It seems that it might add $10 to the plan I now have, but Boost 25 is not mentoned on the pages I am directed to that show prices. How do I do a speed test with Boost 25 unless I order it?  My modem says ViaStat. Is that the same as an Exedia modem?

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Cloverdavid, the only way to test would be to upgrade your plan. If you do upgrade, my understanding is that you would receive an upgraded modem (which includes built in WiFi) at no cost.

I have switched to the new plan and I've noticed an improvement in page loads. I also have a hunch that the new modem is more stable and performs a bit better.

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Hi Cloverdavid, JEP and Joshua are correct. The plan is a $10 upgrade on Liberty plans but as of now it is only available in a limited area. Closer to or following the launch of Viasat 2 at the end of the year we'll see it more widespread along with other cool benefits T.B.A. 
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Thank you. Pages load reasonably quickly, but some sites take a very long time. I'll stay with what I have for the time being.

Looking foward to the new "cool benefits" when Viasat 2 is launched.

Joshua - "noticing an improvement" sounds minimal versus -- "it really sped up page loading."

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You've touched upon the right answer - minimal, but it's complicated and in fact most of us won't notice a major improvement in web page loading; plus it's a largely subjective observation to begin with. I hearken back to mainframe days when a lot of effort was put into sub-second response only to find that most users couldn't notice the difference between less than a second and 1-1/2 seconds.       

However if there are simultaneous multiple users on your connection or if you're multitasking with other activities (e.g. multiple downloads in the background while also surfing there's some benefit to the increased "speed" (actually bandwidth).   

Where you would notice a major improvement would be on large file downloads and streaming; but even then multiple simultaneous downloads or streams will be slower than a single one. Remember what we're rally talking about is capacity despite the unit of measurement.

Web site page loads are also impacted by the capacity of the web site itself. For example (and an extreme one at that) if I were to host a public web site on my Exede connection (possible but not practical and prohibited by the terms of service), it would be limited by my 3 Mbps connection - someone visiting on a 50 Mbps would still be limited to 3 Mbps since my upload "speed" is their download speed.

The real question is whether you and your household require the extra capacity (bandwidth).  


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Old Labs - Slightly off topic, but I must share.  +35 years ago I was involved with the Data General Corporation.  They noticed complaints about their multi-user computer systems when the number of users increased.  Data General decided that their computer system was really fast enough, it was just the increase in delay that bugged the customers.  So they created a delay routine, so that even if there was only one user, the response time was slowed such that there wasn't that much difference if 10 users were on the system.  One could look at the front panel of the computer and see the data lights cycling from back and forth, the speed of which indicated how much time the computer was spending in the delay routine.  The delay routine was called the "Cylon Patch" (after the robots in Battlestar Gallatica).