I recommend Viasat (15+ yrs exp)

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I can’t remember exactly nor find the paperwork, but I’m pretty sure my experience with satellite internet began close to 2003. I subscribed to DishNet services, which was WildBlue. Can’t remember the speeds originally (up to 512 kbps?) but way better than my old free for life Netzero dialup. A few years later WildBlue offered an upgrade (maybe 5Mbps?) with a new modem and dish. Finally I upgraded one last time about 3 years ago to the WiFi modem and Speedboost up to 25 Mbps and got a new dish.

So there were three dishes and maybe 4 modems over this decade and a half. I can’t recall ever having to have my dish adjusted or even losing service other than briefly during an intense thunderstorm or heavy snow. The service was highly reliable and just worked.

Now, that said, the definition of “worked” could be up for debate. Providing service and providing a usable service aren’t always synonymous. We all know about congestion, throttling, deprioritizing, changing plan rules, lowering data thresholds while raising plan costs, etc.

I had high hopes for Viasat 2. I really thought it would allow me to keep up a lifestyle I wanted to live in the house I wanted to live. It was never offered in my area, and any other viable solution is too far down the road.

So I did what I had to do for my family and myself which was move to a place with better utilities. Money was never the issue for me. Money couldn’t buy satellite internet that met my wants (maybe needs).

The way it works, you have to lower your satellite expectations to what is actually being delivered in terms of service. If you try to hold the service to your expectations, you’ll frequently find yourself disappointed. Satellite internet works within limitations. If you can accept that, you’ll be happy (old man with 3 cats example).

I couldn’t accept the limitations, so I simply left for greener pastures (literally and figuratively). I could and would recommend Viasat to others as long as they understand the caveats.

Thanks to Viasat for many years of reliable service. Thanks for a painless return of equipment process. They even include a strip of tape for the return box. I thought that was classy.

As for me and my crew, we will continue forward with a new ISP. It’s so much fun to live with 400Mbps service and no data caps. I leave stuff on (like Windows 10) just because it feels so wrong deep down and brings me great joy.

Dream on satellite users. Dream on.

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It is all about location, location, location. There are some places where Viasat is utterly terrible and won't even meet very low expectations and others live in magic spots and claim that it is better than cable. (That one is hard to believe). Unfortunately for me, mine was the former. Fortunately I have low expectations and cell wireless finally became available where I am at and I took it. Your speeds are insane! My state of Virginia is notorious for poor internet and cell service. I have friends that live in very close proximity to DC and their cable only gets 40-150 Mbps. My cell wireless maxes out at 18 Mbps up with usually a low of 6 Mbps, my Viasat was either down or under 2 and I rarely went over data. Mine was so bad I was thinking of getting dial-up as a back up.
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True. Location matters. 2 Mbps isn’t fast, but it was better than what I had during prime time too many evenings.
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Even those that have magical mystery beams are not going to compete with the performance you are seeing. Enjoy your internet service!
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Since my computers have been hooked to Viasat or cell wireless they would probably explode if hooked to something that feed it data at Spectrum speeds.
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Lol. I only use the 2.4 band on the pc. I wasn’t sure it wouldn’t implode on the 5 band either. It’s like putting jet fuel in a lawnmower. Might not end well.

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