Kudos on the current router firmware

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So after the debacle of the router upgrade that precipitated the horrendous wifi speeds, whatever version you rolled us back to, bravo.  I still wish the router had better range than my 20x20 living room (I kid you not) but up and until I lost power over the weekend it had been running for 7 days straight and no issues with inability to connect to the wifi over a period of time.

Bravo..

J
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Jim

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Glad it's back up! 
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Gregory Davis

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Look into WiFi extenders - there are several options on the market.  I currently have 3 hooked up.  Two of which are setup as Access Points (AP).  These APs are connected to the back of my wifi router via CAT5 cables.  The third is an setup as a WiFi extender since I have recently added solar panels to one of my out buildings.  These solar panels have a SMART interface that require Celluar service or WiFi.  We had to use WiFi since this SMART interface is over 200 feet from our home.  Our house is over 5200 sqft adding these APs allow my family & guest internet access throughout our home as well as our outdoor swimming pool area.  I have one AP in our basement which is close to the door leading to our swimming pool.  The other AP is on our top floor (2 story house w/basement) opposite end of the house from the the other AP.  Oh forgot to mention the other device is setup as a WiFi extender and does not need a physical connection to the router.  It just needs to be close enough to connect to your existing WiFi - connects wirelessly.
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Jim

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Appreciate the input. I have extenders in use. Don’t want to run cable and the strength off the router is so poor I can’t position them in a fashionto optimize things.
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I realize I sound like a broken record at times but if you REALLY want to get the most out of your service then you should really consider buying a good, high quality router. Just because you have an Exede modem with wifi built-in doesn't mean you HAVE to use it. My TV has built in streaming software.....I don't use it, I bought a Roku 3 and when you consider how many hours we have used it vs the cost, it is pennies per hour.

Router placement is also a big factor. I have seen many cases where the router is stuck back behind a tv....NOT a good location. I have also seen them placed on the floor in the corner of a room, NOT a good location.

Andy
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Jim

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And the combo modem doesn’t bridge the wan port and I I’m too old and worn out from cobbling crap together into a science experiment. What I want is a device from exede that meets the specs of everything else out there. Simple fact you can’t run multiple aps on the exede box is testament to the fact it needs improvement. I have see progress. Let s hope they have an update soon to bridge the wan port.
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What Andy is saying is correct. I know people don't want to hear it, but there are much better options out there vs. using Exede's built-in router. Just because they give you that functionality doesn't mean you should use it. First and foremost Viasat should focus on a high quality modem that provides the fastest internet we can get on satellite. Other bells and whistles they add to the modem are going to be out of convenience, and not the best router option for the majority of people.


Good, quality routers are $100 or so. Invest in one and your overall home internet experience will be better.
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Jim

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Yes. He’s right. I have a great linksys gathering dust. But if you do not know what you are doing and have problems, you can’t call exede for help. I am more than capable of doing it myself but there are more than a few here who are going to read this and go by a router, plug it in, attach it to a gig port on the exede box and expect it to work. That, of course, is not the case and I dare say you and Andy don’t want to support them.
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James Irvin

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Could one of you guys point me to a link here with the optimal way to set up an external router from the modem?