Does Verizon network extender work with Viasat?

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Bryan Thompson

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What exactly are you trying to do? You need 4G coverage for...?
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From what I've read the network extender is not compatible with satellite due to the high latency.
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Because of high latency, I think that is right.
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When you extend crap, you get extended crap!
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We've got a customer who uses a Verizon Network Extender with the Exede version of Viasat and it works pretty good.
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I have used the Verizon Network extender on my Viasat internet with no problems. The problem might be that the 4G network extender requires a minimum of 10 Mbps to function properly, so it might not work during slower speed times.
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From my experience, it sometimes works.  If you go to Verizon's site, it will say it doesn't, for the latency reasons above.  But according to some techs and dealers I've worked with, it does on occasion.

We make no promises, so I suggest you see if someone you know has one and will let you try it out at your location!
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I have helped setup a number of these.

Yes they work well if you are on a non congested beam.
Less well on crowded beams

I suggest instead of the Extender, just have a better quality smart phone & setup WiFi Calling on it
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@Bob Lexus, yep. I'm with Verizon prepaid and that is exactly what I do and it works pretty well. You just have to make sure that your carrier supports WiFi calling. Many of the smaller regional and rural cell companies don't.
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Not sure if you can do messaging too or not though.
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SMS and MMS work over WiFi as well. A great feature to have since I have very poor cell service in my area.
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I got Verizon to send me the extender for no charge since inside our house is crap.  Was easy to hook up and glad to say that 1 bar went to 4, and clarity is much better.
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I have had it with Viasat for about 18 months, agree it has improved my cell service. 4 bars in the basement and any where around my house. It improves your cellular signal. I only lost the signal a few times. So while they tell you it needs 10 Mbps it actually works 98 percent of the time even with Viasat’s pitiful service. Improves cellular not Viasat internet.

I am still using it with FIOS now great phone service and Verizon will give one.