Maximum distance between dish and modem

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I'm wondering how far I can locate my Exede dish from my modem to achieve a more permanent location free of tree branch obstructions.  It appears to me that it might require a 250' to 300' run.  I would have electrical service near this location that I could use to power a signal amplifier if required.  My house is pretty much surrounded by mature trees.  I cut a major limb off of one of them for the initial installation of the dish and it's been relocated once since then and I can see limbs growing into the dish sky view which is going to require another relocation.  These limbs are too high for me to reach.  At Viasat's current price of $200 for relocation, I would prefer to avoid too many future relocations.  Plus I'm running out of clear view sites near the house.  I expect to be having to depend on satellite service for my foreseeable future since I'm nearly a half mile off the road in a rural area and get very poor cellular service.
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Roger Wernsing

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150 feet is the maximum distance allowed by Viasat, but I would try to keep it as close or under 100 ft if possible.   250-300 ft will not work.  
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Ron, we could be neighbors.

I've had to move my dish a couple of times and whack a few tree limbs as well.

Look into "Easy Care". I signed up a few years ago. The per month cost is minimal and includes:

  • We'll send a technician out to you when trouble is found and we determine that a service call is required ($95 per service call otherwise)

  • Priority 24x7 access to Customer Care

  • Relocate your Viasat Internet satellite dish once per year at the same service address for the discounted price of $95

  • No minimum service term!*

For me, it's been a little like carrying my umbrella to work. It never rains on the days I'm prepared.

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johnny c

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I have about 140 feet of cable.  Good numbers and eliable service.
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Can you call a tree service?  I would imagine that using low loss coax such as 75 ohm LMR600 would allow a longer cable distance.
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Bob Lexus

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Work with a local dealer.
Ask which satellite your area uses.

Get the MITe app on your phone and use it to see if there is an open slot to 'your' satellite or identify where some doable pruning would create an opening
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Do I need to be an installer to download this app?  I found the app, but it doesn't seem to want to download.  I clicked on Get, but it doesn't complete the download.
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Doesnt look like it. Say available to everyone and with over 10,000 downloads on Google Play, there cant be that many Viasat installers!