Life after ViaSat can be pretty good

  • 1
  • Idea
  • Updated 5 months ago
Hello all,

Reporting from my secure bunker (somewhere in rural Virginia):

I just wanted to check in to let you all know that life after ViaSat can be pretty darned good. I've posted my most recent speed test result, as of earlier today. That's a bit slower than typical (we're more typically at about 18/3), but the ping is a good indication of what we've been getting. We can stream, we can use VoIP (quite useful when I work from home) and there are no hitches with VPN.

If anyone wants to know more about what my wife and I have done, I'm on dslreports dot com. You should be able to find me easily (search for my user name, it's not that tough to figure out) - feel free to find me and send a private message.

Another former ViaSat user made the same offer for me, and while we didn't end up going with the solution he suggested, he got us pointed in the right direction. You know who you are and we are grateful!

Note this post is not a slam of ViaSat. They can be a decent option for some folk. However, some other folk have not been thrilled with changes to policy (de-emphasizing the retail market in favor of the commercial and military market). This post is for those people.

If you're happy with your current plan, there's no need to reply. This is an offer of help for any who might not share in that rosy outlook. 

-- Rique

Photo of Rique


  • 231 Posts
  • 95 Reply Likes
  • appreciative

Posted 5 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Gary


  • 152 Posts
  • 91 Reply Likes
I would be thrilled to rip Viasat right off my roof after 15 years of otherwise positive service. They have received over $10,000 from me after all these years and the very one time I go over the data cap they throttle me never even considering all the months I used less than half of my allotted data. I want so badly to tell them to KMA but then I have to consider I have just one other option, Hughes! Pretty doubtful they will be even one GB better so these providers have me by the short hairs as a Captive Audience. Hey Viasat, you should give me back every GB of unused data that I bought and paid for over all these years and put it in my account for the odd month I need a couple gigs more. What part of that is so hard to understand??????????????????????????????? 
I never have complained about the up and down speeds and actually don't even do the tests out of fear the tests will burn up what puny data I get. Do the math folks, $60+ per month for 15 years and I become the bad guy when I go over the data cap for just one month and get throttled.
Hey Robin, I am thrilled that you are thrilled, let us hear how thrilled you are the first time you exceed your monthly data allotment and they slam the breaks on your world. Here are a few tips I have learned over all these years. Don't buy any Apple gadgets with all of their constant data hog updates. Don't buy any MS windows gadgets with any of their constant updates. Don't go to Youtube, Netflix or any other streaming service and be absolutely certain you have any and all Auto Updates either turned off or set to install during the LNFZ. Be also very aware that all of these updates can and will change your preset settings and you won't even know it until you get the dreaded notice "You used all your allotted monthly data and are now throttled".
Photo of ExSatUser


  • 1886 Posts
  • 1094 Reply Likes
Glad it is working for you Rique! Some people just dont get it. Speed is only one measure. Reliability, low latency, and truly unlimited data are also factors. To think that satellite internet can compete with reliable, hard wired internet is laughable.

Try using 200 or 300GB of data in a month HD streaming and see how satellite internet works then.
Photo of Ron Frank

Ron Frank

  • 325 Posts
  • 206 Reply Likes
37.8 down, LMAO!  You must be in one of those pristine locations on a prime beam on VS2!!  My last month on Viasat tested 15 times, I had 3 tests over 10 Mbps, all during my LNFZ, and only 7 tests over 5 Mbps!   There were no  VS2 plans offered here and no plans over 12 Mbps.  As Ive said before ... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!  I am happy for those happy with their service, the  problem was so many subscribers paying the same  prices were NOT getting the same quality or performance and Viasat DIDNT care.

3 months gone and dont miss Viasat one bit!  I miss my 12 - 5 LNFZ occasionally but thats to be expected.  I have some data usage bugs to work through but as for speed .... right now during peak usage I am at 39 Mbps.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.