Internet connection is almost unusable for most applications other than email.

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Connection to  web based servers for any ** aS  (software as a solution or other as a solution platforms) is terrible and often times out.  VPN is not allowed preventing me from connecting to work machines over the satellite service.  Signal falls out during almost every rain storm and on some cloudy days.  I often have to switch to cellular data in order to use network.
Data analytics are not available to see anything pertinent regarding usage and/or time oday day statistics.
Overall, ViaSat is really not much better than dial up modems we used in the 90s.
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Sounds like you don't have a strong signal, either through a faulty install or you are just in one of those areas where Viasat service is poor from being on the fringe of a beam or overly congested. Your experience sounds like mine, fortunately for me cell wireless became available after a half dozen or so years of suffering. Any thing more than a light drizzle and I would have no service. My signal was so bad anything would case the connection to drop.

Ignore Robin, that person either isn't truthful or has an atypical Viasat experience. Not even a Viasat employee would recommend someone dump cable for Viasat. I am pretty sure a current customer will pop up to give you some things to check. First off did you exceed your priority data limit?
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VPN is hit or miss depending on the client/server being used. I used it to work from home quite a bit but had the advantage of being able to work with my employer's network staff. After explaining satellite to them and latency in particular, they were able to tweak a few server settings (and client settings on my end) to allow it to be usable for me - albeit not lightning fast but it beat commuting.

Sounds like an alignment problem or just a weak signal as noted above. What's your RxSNR on the modem's status page showing. Mine's regularly between 7.5 and 8.0 dB - that's sufficient for me to survive all but the heaviest rains or storms to the south.

Correct, Viasat doesn't provide any data usage analytics beyond providing an very general categorized usage breakdown that most find insufficient in analyzing data usage to the extent needed. Most, including myself, opt for a third party router that has more robust traffic analysis and monitoring features like those you want. Many would argue it's not Viasat's job to track your usage to the extent needed because of the privacy questions it might raise.

For me it's much better than dialup, but then again I take what some might consider extreme measures in eliminating unwanted bloat from my day to day web sites - most don't have the patience (or even the technical knowhow sometimes) to do that but it can make a big difference. Most recently, I've taken to using the Viasat browser with uBlock origin and uMatrix - less bloat translates to snappier page loads and less data used obviously. The entire strategy is aimed at preserving my meager priority data.

My only other option is dialup... I need to make it work and it takes a lot to do that. 

The following are the extensions I use with the Viasat browser (all aimed at eliminating useless bloat from the browser experience and all customizable to specific web sites)

         

Each has a specific purpose just ask if interested.
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Looks a bit like mine, though I have mine set to open new tabs as new windows, and on Google, and I don't have the uMatrix app.  
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uMatrix more akin to NoScript, steep learning curve, aimed more at privacy and security filtering - data savings come with that naturally. Not for the feint of heart. The ability to target abusive 3rd party javascripts was the main selling point for me.   
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Speaking of eliminating bloat has anyone figured out how to stop the Brightcove player on ESPN? I have messed with media settings and that is the only one I haven't been able to stop. As soon as I click on anything passed the first page something starts running. I have tried U-Block Ad-block, Flash block on top of altering my media settings.
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