Is there an Easy way to bypass the Wireless on the ViaSat Modem and use my nice Netgear Nighthawk

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I am still fairly new to the ViaSat Community, and was wondering about using my Netgear Nighthawk.  I have noticed when we get together on the weekend for gaming upstairs that the Wireless is spotty at best, I never had trouble with the Nighthawk, and additionally downstairs the internet work fine, it is just upstairs..

So is there an easy way to turn off the Wireless and just use the Viasat Modem to pass service to the Netgear and it not effect the speed. 
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Ricky Dean

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Jim

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Supported?  No...  forward all your ports?  Go for it.  Someone here would probably help you but don't call Viasat
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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You can disable the wifi on the modem, and plug your own router in.

https://help.viasat.com/internet/articles/General/How-to-disable-the-router-signal-on-the-WiFi-Modem

Be sure your router is set for DHCP, so our modem will assign it an IP.
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Thanks Matt,  you are always awesome..
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Ricky Dean

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Wow, what the heck are you guys doing with my thread.. look, opinions are generally welcome,. But really... If you want to offer, please do, if you do not want to offer, well move on,. No offense intended,. But simply.. if you have nothing to offer,,. Just say nothing

Thanks
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No... I'd like to see questions answered with a fully qualified, YMMV... as to this being "customer-to-customer." I beg to differ...  Viasat has a very prominent position here.  Second person to answer the OP was Viasat. 

Don't understand why everyone has their hackles up over this.  It's truly important for folks that search these forums to know what is and isn't supported by Viasat.  They'll more than likely come here first from a google search and it'll save lots of folks who don't have the expertise to debug something like this a lot of pain if it's simply stated that it's unsupported by Viasat... or maybe it's on them to state that?  
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Ricky Dean

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I personally do not have hackles up, but I guess from my point of view, as the person posting this question,   a simple, no this is not supported is pretty clear.. in fact, I assumed this..  

I did post it for people that would like to offer suggestions or idea to my question..  I do not see this tread as the place to debate the supported or not..  

I really to appreciate all idea and point that have been made..
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No hackles here... it's the nature of social media.

The real question is: were you successful in bypassing the Exede WiFi and extending it to leverage the more robust capabilities of the Netgear Nighthawk?

if so, which approach was successful for you and what additional details are required for the Nighthawk so that others may now benefit from your knowledge specific to the Nighthawk? Far too often folks tend not to followup with their solutions - and that's the real purpose of this community - a shared knowledge base although the format leaves much to be desired.

As some have mentioned elsewhere (but never confirmed), Netgear routers tend to default to settings that don't conflict with the Exede device but that may even be model dependent... but then again I could be wrong and YMMV.     
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Certainly understood..

I have been on the road for my job, and plan to take action this weekend, I will try to make sure I do post results...  Thanks.
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I did it no problem. Just like Matt said, disable the wireless on the Viasat modem through it's configuration webpage, plug the ethernet cable from the modem into the input port of YOUR router, access the configuration page of your router and enable dhcp. IMPORTANT: make sure the IP addresses of the modem and the router are different...I use 192.168.2.1 for the modem and 192.168.1.1 for MY router.  For WAN connection on YOUR router just use "automatic IP" or equivalent, you won't need any viasat network login info- that is taken care of by the modem.
The rest of the features of your router will be usable.
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I know this post is several months old, but I found it via a search because I had the same questions.  I just simply enabled DHCP on my Netgear Nighthawk and plugged it into my VIasat modem/router and it worked, no problem.  You don't have to disable the wifi on the Viasat device, unless you just don't like having the SSID broadcast.  If fact, it's sort of a standby "backup" in case the Netgear drops (which never happens! lol).   
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On the. VS2 modem you just turn on bridge mode.