My experience (Viasat-2, 50mbps)

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The installer came out today and upgraded my dish, he also had to move it a good 70-90 degrees from where it was originally pointing. He then installed my new modem which is beautiful. The modem comes with 802.11 AC MU MIMO which on default settings broadcast a 2.4 ghz SSID and a 5 ghz SSID. After installation and setup I have been receiving great speeds. The biggest question I had was how is latency. The latency seems exactly the same(590-650) as when I had the old dish and modem on Viasat-1. This was a great experience and a wonderful improvement. So far so good, I’m loving it.
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Being that very few people are on it, I hope you are receiving great speeds.


And the modem is a significant improvement i agree. The Toblerone modem!
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RE: great speeds

It depends upon the other end, etc.  My niece has 100 Mbps Google fiber, but few sites are full speed.

Trivial, 10Gb home broadband trial, but fat chance this speed will exist beyond ISP.
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I hope I get to try the new modem and see how it works! It looks nice! Hope you'll get good service, sounds like it so far. My ping is always that low, well never in the 500 always upper 600's. The ping makes thing faster I believe too! 
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Good news on your service, your latency will be the same. Theoretically, your signal, data is moving at the speed of light, the limiting factor for our sat systems and the movement of electricity down a wire. So regardless of V1,2 or 3 to come we still have travel the distance to the sat. Unless we can actually develop Warp speed we will not see that change.
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Can you report your speed during non peak time and peak time as time goes by
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There shouldn't be much variation, given there are so few subs on it.

Just remember speeds today won't necessarily be speeds you see 1 or 2 years from now.
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James doesn't care about us anymore. He's too busy using his 200 Mbps internet connection.
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Well he us paying for it.

More power to him!
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My brother-in-law has Viasat 2 Silver 25.  He has used over 200GB of data this billing cycle and is still testing speeds over 30Mbps around the clock. The antenna issue may actually help congestion in the smaller beams.  Most small beams reduced in size meaning fewer customer have access.  It may take longer for congestion to become an issue for customers lucky enough to be in a small beam footprint.
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And apparently less customers than anticipated. I am still trying to find where that small beam is pointed in Ohio. Certainly not where I had anticipated it to be! And if you are not in a small beam, Viasat-2 doesn't bring much more to the table.
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Is your new modem hot enough to turn bread into toast?  Its breakfast time and I really want to know.
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Oliver deserves the credit...

https://community.viasat.com/viasat/topics/viasat-plan-upgrade

My Eye of Sauron design was rejected.
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I made a custom heatsink and fan for my modem. Because if i had not done this it literally gets so hot especially on the coax connector it burns your fingers.
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You think that is right?  I wouldn't let that go like that. Have you asked to get it replaced?
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Never asked tbh i had read a lot of complaints about it being hot so i figured it was normal but i have always felt like something wasn't quiet right with it being that hot.
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i honestly want to go to a viasat 2 option but i don't want to lose my 50gb a month extra but i know the platinum plan has 150gb like mine but for like 100 bucks more so guess i'll stick with my really hot modem.
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RE: "802.11 AC MU MIMO"

Afterburner modem is a great improvement from previous WiFi modem. WiFi products for this standard, to use its full potential, were not  generally available until after December 2013.

Afterburner is 802.11 ac 3x3 MU-MIMO, and via Apple product review, here is an evaluation

February 27, 2017 Testing the Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar Wi-Fi: Does 3×3 MIMO Make a Difference?
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Hopefully VSAT stock reaches 75 mbps soon.
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I wouldn’t be concerned by ping times with that Mbps, that is better than some cable co.s provide.
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Im a IT Help Desk Manager and need VPN's and do Remote sessions regularly. a 600MS latency causes a lot of issues/disconnects and major slow downs during this kind of work. Im not complaining because i know what to expect. I was just hoping for better so i could work faster when needed to from home. I cant get anything better then this were i live so this will make due.
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All you can eat pizza for only $6 as long as you aren't too hungry.
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Fmj77, while you aren’t wrong, with the speeds he complains about during prime time, the freedom plan is virtually worthless to him for streaming. Sometimes quality will override quantity.

150gb of virtually “unusable” data isn’t really a good deal. Even throttled his speeds would almost certainly be better with mobile data.

I was pretty happy with silver when it first came out. Now, most nights anything other than casual browsing is an exercise in futility. At least dial up was consistent.

He’s made several posts over the last few weeks lamenting speeds that, frankly, ViaSat should be ashamed of providing. Sometimes change is hard.

I use slow satellite to provide me phone service (calls, messaging). Now that is a situation that bites.
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If I had good cell service I would still stick with what I have. Though my throttled speed is 2-3Mbps, it's still enough for what I use it for, and still enough for streaming in SD.  
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Most people probably would go with the higher quality of the two. I’m sure Hughes Net would appreciate that though.
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I have the Freedom plan too, but do very little streaming. I usually just download my stuff during non-primetime hours and then basic browsing during primetime. The Freedom plan is by far the best plan Viasat has ever offered. I can do whatever I want during the day and not have to worry about priority data or getting up during the wee hours for the LNFZ
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Thanks for the report! What kind of signal coverage are you getting with the wifi?
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Compared to the old modem there is definitely a difference. i used to not be able to get Wifi in my driveway, now i get a medium signal strength with the 2.4ghz band in the driveway. this is a good 30-40ft extra in distance and through a wall. but of course everyones house is made of different material and sizes. hoped that answered your question.
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John

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Yes it did.  Thank you!
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Ken

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This experience is exactly why people are screaming/begging/wanting to get on Viasat-2 already.
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Have you tested it through a VPN?  What speeds are you getting and does sharing screens, videoconferencing work?

I'm very interested in seeing if the higher speeds improve the VPN performance.
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Speeds wont have any affect on overall performance of a vpn its the latency that does.
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Hey are you able to since you switch to Viasat 2 able to change plans online though account?