Is this normal for "unlimited gold" plan after data cap?

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Viasat-1 or 2? What color is your modem?
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White modem Viasat-2, correct?
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Gold 30 or gold 50? White or black modem?
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gold 50 white modem
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Priority data level? 60? 100? 150?
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Well this isnt good. After 100GB of usage on Viasat-2 your "up to" 50Mbps "unlimited" plan is running at 250kbps.
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I have used my priority data (100GB) up a few days ago downloading some game my son wanted. This is being slowed down.
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You'd think, considering the Gold 30 plan can stream at 720p.  1.7Mbps wouldn't be enough to do that smoothly.  Maybe with adaptive streaming source, but I don't believe Netflix is an adaptive source.  
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Depending on which content provider you ask, 720p requires anywhere from 2 - 4 Mbps. It really depends on much more than the vertical resolution. Netflix uses adaptive streaming as well as per title optimzation:

https://medium.com/netflix-techblog/per-title-encode-optimization-7e99442b62a2

FWIW, it's all an inexact science when it comes down to it. Consider, the Netflix actual speed recommendations at https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306

Note that HD quality there includes both 720P and 1080P.

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Ah, my mistake.  I didn't think they used adaptive streaming.  That's good to know.  
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I think the general consensus around here is that Viasat's throttling is at the bare minimum required for the quality advertised per plan with little room for error on the user experience due to buffering that can't keep up with the streaming rate.  Netwflix tries to balance the quality with the user experience.
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Now I'm actually glad I'm not located in a small beam area. 

Andy
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As a dealer, I can understand why.
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Hey everybody, VeternanSatUser is a dealer now... nah, I know what he meant ;)
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I didn't say what I dealt though!
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It's sad to me that anyone has to say the words Unlimited and Data Cap in the same sentence referring to their service. I'm not talking about just Viasat either. I don't care what ISP it is, it's deceptive marketing and shouldn't be tolerated 
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I agree. Some company now advertises "truly" "unlimited". Lol
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I'm a new Viasat customer, and no stranger to Satellite internet.  I've set it up OCONUS at various locations so knew what I was getting into with the latency.  When I moved into this house, I got Viasat before I could put my network gear in place to perform rate limiting, quotas and traffic shaping.  I'm on a small beam, and signal strength is 10-11.7 consistently.  

The installation tech said this satellite and beam were not congested, so we should be fine if we go over the data cap, he goes over his cap all the time and can still stream netflix.  My youngest chewed through 70GB in 4 days.  Thats on us!!!   But I can tell you this is what we got consistently during the month once we were over the limit (Gold, 100GB, Viasat-2).

  • Midnight to 6AM:  20 to 70Mbps
  • 6AM to 3PM:  1Mbps, sometimes 2.5Mbps
  • 3PM to Midnight:  .11 to .25Mbps
You would think 256k is usable - I've made it work when OCONUS, but even with only one device on it I got consistent socket errors and time outs. It wasn't the speed, it was the time outs! I couldn't work in the evenings.

I spent hours on the phone with support, could never get them to tell me if I was on a congested beam.  But I'm certain based on the hourly testing I was running that it was indeed the case.  One tech ran a script to try to move me to a less congested portion of the beam - I'm not sure if that is possible but that didn't help.

After many calls, they sent a tech out as they said I should see 1 to 3Mbps after I hit the cap.  Tech came out, said the dish was off .25 of an inch.  He said the issue was I was over my cap.

I now have my network setup to throttle eveyone, and setup a quota for my youngest, he is allowed 30gb a month, after that I slow him down to 128k - which he is fine with, it allows him to still talk on Discord.  

Bottom line is I would be happy with 265k of unlimited if it didn't time out on me, that is what makes it unusable.  
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I'm seeing enough stories like this that I now am telling customers in Small beams that the data cap is hard. 

Rygen, you are correct, at 256k....with the way the system slows you down after you go over your data....you can barely get Google's home page to load properly, I've seen it myself. 

Andy
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Indeed.  Just one more point, I've worked full time on 256k with 600-700ms, email, voice, web browsing.  Obviously I can't have all three going at the same time.  But if your smart you can make it work.

So its not the bandwidth they are giving me, its the prioritization at that bandwidth.  The time outs correspond with 1800ms.

My hats off to them on the challenge, Viasat and Hughesnet arguably have the most complex QoS implementations on the planet.  I would love to see their DSCP configuration. 

I just hope two things happen...

  • They bring more beams online, I think I read that they have issues with Viasat-2 and not all beams are online.  
  • They stop over subscribing the beams

So for those of you having the same challenge, if your tech savvy, look into home network setup that lets you do rate limiting, quest quotas, and traffic shaping.  I use a unify controller with a few of their AP's for full mesh.  It goes a long way to keep me under 100g.
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Yes you should expect crappy service after you go over your data allowance
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I wouldn't have a problem if they slow it that low IF they wouldn't advertise it as "unlimited". It is NOT unlimited. After priority data is used people are getting slowed down to levels the 10, 15 and 25GB plans had. At least those plans had a free zone.

So the best thing to do is to get is most priority data you can afford, and stay under the cap.
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You and I see this situation exactly the same. I'm one of those "words mean things" people....gets me into a lot of trouble. 

....and it's NOT a data CAP or ALLOWANCE....it's an inflection point...that is how we are told as dealers to represent it to customers. 

Andy