Exede's new modem/router

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Recently switched to exede's unlimited plan mainly cause it was cheaper than the 150 but I'm really not liking their router. So come to find out I'm pretty much limited to 4 devices!? Do these people not know that pretty much everything has WiFi now?! Only complaining cause I struggled all weekend with one device to connect to the internet/router. Any work arounds for using a different router? Super annoying to run around my house to turn off WiFi devices so I can do something else.
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Yes there us a work around. I don't have one personally but others can chime in. Use the router of your choice and bypass the built-in router. You will be better off in the long run.
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Homer helps a lot of people out.
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Yes, it's possible to extend your home network by attaching your third party router's WAN (Internet) port  to one of the 4 LAN ports on your Exede/Viasat WiFi modem/router and many do it for a variety of reasons including better WiFi coverage or better router features (e.g. traffic monitoring and analysis features). Technically, you don't even have to disable the Exede/Viasat WiFi but most do as a matter or practicality to ensure all internet access is going through their router having access through the Viasat device.

You can typically configure your router as either a router or an access point - but most want the full router capabilities and that can be as simple as connecting your router's WAN port to one of the Viasat LAN ports - it really depends on your router's default LAN and DHCP settings. Some routers default to the same ranges as those of the Viasat device causing conflicts. So it's first necessary to explore what the default settings are on each. Some other potential conflicts might include SSID and Domain Name.

There's a discussion covering the specifics need for a particular ASUS model (and in general most Asus models) over at the following link that can serve as a general guideline.


Start at about midway with GWalk's screen captures after the drift off topic due to questions spanning mulitple threads ;)

So as to appease one poster who feels this should include a disclaimer - YMMV and Jim16 will be around shortly to provide the full list of disclaimers ;) Nevermind - the full list of disclaimers can be found at:


Are there some risks involved? Sure, but if you want to run with the big dogs you've got to get off the porch sometime. You can do all of this without changing anything on your Viasat router to have a fallback position and once working disable the Viasat WiFi when all potential conflicts are resolved. So yeah, always have a fallback position if needed. It's common practice for those frustrated by the Viasat router's overly basic functionality and in a larger sense of networking in general it's common practice to simply extend a network for any purpose you might imagine in this manner. Just don't ask Viasat to support any device's whether router. laptop, computer, smartphone, etc. that don't have their branding on it.