The holiday slowdown is here

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12.1 mbps on Liberty 12. Merry Christmas everyone.
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Yes it is. I am part of the problem too. We got our 9 year old daughter a new Tablet and a Nintendo Switch, an my husband got me a shiny new, and faster laptop. Time to crank these devices up and have them update their operating systems. 

Have a Merry Christmas.
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Merry Christmas to the Conrad family. May you all enjoy those new devices.
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"Time to crank these devices up and have them update their operating systems."

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Honestly, I couldn't believe my speed test this morning so I just did another speed test.  My current speed is 9 mbps.

Viasat 2 might be a crippled satellite, but it sure has done a good job at taking the load off my Viasat 1 beam this time of the year.  

Awesome meme.  I love me some Steve Harvey.  
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It's OK... I see (de)prioritization in Christine's future ;)

Merry Christmas and welcome back Christine.
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Honestly, I couldn't believe my speed test this morning so I just did another speed test.  My current speed is 9 mbps.

What plan are you on and how much priority data have you used?
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I have used 8.4 gb of my 12 gb for this billing cycle.  My data resets on January 4th.  

Having a Plex server is sweet.  I spent most of yesterday watching M*A*S*H and didn't use an ounce of my priority data.
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I can't believe it's not butter.
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Just did another speed test and clocked in at 7.86 mbps.  Looks like I might get lucky and drop to 1 mbps by the end of today.
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I don't usually do very many speed tests unless I see things are loading slowly. Earlier today things were downloading well, but now at almost noon, it is getting slow. Just checked testmy.net and it is down to 2.3 Mbps. I am on a 12 Mbps plan, so Christmas devices are up and running now.

Old Labs, not to worry about any slow downs because of priority data running out for a while. I have the Freedom 150 GB plan, and so far we have only used 45 GB, with renewal coming January 12th. I always keep my eye on our usage, a we approach the limit, I will make sure the family uses less data, or they will be slowed way down.
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The grandfathered plans of Freedom and Liberty.  How many people gave those up for the promise of "unlimited" data and wish they still had their old plans?
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I am sure there are many people who gave up those great plans and jumped on the over hyped "unlimited" plans. I never considered switching, and I now know that was the right thing to do. Knowing the limitations of satellite internet, I just could not see those new plans working out very well.
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Ahhh.  Stephen doing his normal speed shilling.  It is 8:30am.  Most people are still working on presents or breakfast or something other than the internet.


So I am 2.4Mbps at 11:30am.  Not bad, but I expect speeds to get worse from there.  Not complaining, but not giving praise either. 


I might be an unpaid Viasat shill on some things, but I don't come on here making posts bragging about my speeds all the time :)
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Makes ya wonder, how make time such things other than getting paid cough cough to shill cough.
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Admit it, you just don't like Steve Harvey.
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Never been a fan.


But I need to do a X-COM 2 DLC Download.  31GB and my data just reset Saturday.


Alas I have no free zone, nor will I fall for the claims of "unlimited" data which is not really unlimited because once you go over your priority data all bets are off.

Gave the free zone up a year ago and no longer available.  There are times I miss it!
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5.2 @ 14:30
A lot of new toys on line

I’ve used 60 of 150, resets Jan 1, all the grand kids here so prob uuse 40 or 50 over the next couple of days. Did have them all out hiking around the farm for a few hours
Told them no electronic devices, nature and PT time., we had a good time half of them stayed outside.
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10.2 mbps this afternoon
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I kicked off a huge download this morning and when I got home, my priority data was all used up.

No worries, the Liberty Pass kicked in and my current speed is 6.59 mbps. The Liberty Pass is advertised as up to 5 mbps.

When 5pm arrives my speed should drop to 256 kbps until midnight which is perfectly acceptable given the plan I am on.

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Why not use the free zone which is "truly" unlimited during that time period vs. burning through priority data?
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Normally I wouldn't mind waiting but this content is for mom and dad.  They just canceled satellite last week and mom is upset that she can't get one of her shows.  

They are getting a new color tv tomorrow with a built in Roku, so I figured it would be nice to set them up a media server asap.

No worries, I mainly need internet at home for my job which is 8 am to 5 pm, and to troll this forum.  I can do everything I normally do with the Liberty Pass except for stream video during primetime, which is no biggie thanks to my Plex server.  I'm planning to watch a few episodes of M*A*S*H tonight while everyone else complains about 256 kbps speeds.  I will have 256  kbps speeds as well, but it won't affect me one bit.

Honestly, I've been wondering how Viasat 1 currently performs on the Liberty Pass now that Viasat 2 is live in my area.  I have a feeling I'm still going to get great speeds during the day, even though we are in the middle of the winter slowdown.      
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I am proud to report that I get slowed down during primetime on the Liberty Pass just like everyone else.

Current speed is .29 mbps. No worries, I’ve got plenty of content on my Plex server.

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But isnt it typical 1Mbps to 5Mbps? Your speed is basically at the level of the old hard cap throttling.

Had a chance to buy the complete MASH boxes set for under $80. Included the movie, which is very, very well done. If you havent seen the original movie, do so! While the TV series is okay, I prefer the movie.

And the soundtrack to MASH is titled Suicide is Painless. MASH the TV show was funny in the early days. Then got a little preachy in the end. Spoiler alert. When Henry died the show took a turn for the worse.
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Speed is typically 1 to 5 mbps during the morning and day. Well, my speeds are actually a bit faster during those hours. Viasat never suggested I would get anything above 1 mbps in the evenings. My service is working just the way it is supposed to.

I actually prefer the series to the movie. I am on season 7 right now.
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Liberty Pass is both throttled and (de)prioritized - resulting in sub 1 mbps during peak usage periods. Same basic results here on B329 when exceeding priority data on Liberty. Basically working as advertised on 329 for me but during off peak hours on Liberty pass I don't see (read that as have yet to see) above 5 Mbps.

Right now (7:03 PM) with priority data remaining... 12.3 Mbps. For whatever reason and for me, things haven't deteriorated this holiday season as in the past.
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Viasat 2 must be working pretty good in our areas. I haven’t experienced any real slow doesn’t this holiday season.
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This year has been good for me as well, still on Viasat 1. I am down to 9 Mbps right now but there is a thunder storm outside my door so, that's still good. Christmas Eve I had 42 Mbps, on a 25 Mbps plan. 20-23 Christmas day all day and, today 20-30 until the storm rolled in.

Whatever optimizations Viasat has done recently seem to be working beautifully. Perhaps all beams are not optimized as ours seem to be yet.
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Compared to prior Christmas holidays, my beam is better. By better, I am pulling 2Mbps during the day.

Could be worse!
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All my data was gone 3 days after my reset that is on the 12th  and been on Liberty Pass and has been pretty fast for me, even during prime time I am seeing 3mps average. Liberty is the best plan to be on these days imo.
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3 mbps during prime time on Liberty Pass sounds amazing.
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According to a hand full of people, Viasat is a scam and all customers are being ripped off.
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I never had any trouble with Viasat they have been good to me. now back in the spring of the year my speeds would drop to what everyone else is seeing around the 250kbs but since July my speeds have never been unusable or under 1mps. I count myself as lucky to get what I do and even when I did get slowed the plan worked as stated by Viasat. I have vz to now that I just got not long ago and I use that for gaming. This month so far on Viasat I have used over 400gb just recording my shows, just got a new external hd for Christamas so I can have more room for my downloads. Far as Viasat being a scam I just do't think so well at least they not scamming me. lol
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Just need to have realistic expectations and learn and understand the limitations of satellite internet.
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Terry is a paid Viasat shill.
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That's the pot calling the kettle black there. xD (As id I have room to talk :P)

I do agree though, Viasat has never failed to give me what I signed up for.
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Of course you know not to play FPS games and stream during primetime after using your priority data :).
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Wish I was a paid Viasat shill Stephen I could get my $50 Liberty free! lol
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Wish I was a paid Viasat shill Stephen I could get my $50 Liberty free! lol
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Shh Veteran! Don't tell my BF1 team I do just that xD. Yep 8PM, used 200+ GB on a 150 GB Priority plan and, playing for a Twitch live stream. Oo Oo did I break the rules again? :P Oh well, seems to be a bad habit of mine between BF1 and a few other games I like to demo what's possible with satellite, I seem to do that now and then.

Now would I attempt to stream a movie and game and upload my stream all at the same time while out of priority data? Not on your life - I don't mind being teased for having high ping but, I'm not about to become a serious laughing stock for my stream team.

Remember, on an unlimited Silver plan, regardless of overall connection speed, video is going to be at 1 Mbps, unless the overall is slower so, if I have 3 Mbps because I got deprioritized, that's still 2 Mbps for game data to load and, that's plenty.
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I wouldn't even need a free Library plan, I would just take the magic beam Stephen is on!
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Apparently there are beams out there that are even more magical than mine. One of the shills was reporting 3 mbps during prime time while on the Liberty Pass. I never see those speeds in the evening after using up my priority data.
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Still rocking after 6pm
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Depending on time of day, my speeds are from 3-5 Mbps down, to 35-45 down ( night owls time ).
I signed for the Bronze plan, it is doing fine for us, we don't watch TV via the internet, we have DishTV for that.
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I haven't experienced much slowdown at all this holiday season compared to previous years. Maybe some of the load has been lessened on Viasat 1? I'm off work this upcoming weekend so I plan on doing some heavy internet use the next 4 days to see what kind of performance I get.
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This doesn’t make any sense. I’ve used up my priority data and my speed is over 3 mbps on the Liberty Pass during primetime. I’ve never seen speeds this high in the evening unless I have priority data left.
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Don't know how it is in your area or state but there has been a bunch of cell towers put up here over the summer and fall. Might be a lot of Viasat customers jumping ship cause of this? Or is it Viasat 2  taking the load off of Viasat 1? All I know is since July Viasat has been much better than it has in the past, with speeds staying around 3mbps during prime time and 17mbps or more during the day on Liberty pass is just amazing. I'm in the mountains of SW Virginia on a beam that used to be so congested even with priority data I never seen speeds I get now. 
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I'm in the mountains of NW North Carolina and to my knowledge there haven't been any new cell towers put up in a while. My guess is that my beam isn't as congested as in previous years and that's why I haven't experienced the holiday slowdown.
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Well, I guess it couldn't last as the holiday slowdown has finally hit me. Pages take forever to load. Even this forum took nearly a minute just to finish loading. Guess it's time to do something else since my internet is pretty much unusable right now.
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I'm still at 10.5mbps atm will drop to 3mbps around 8 and that's on Liberty pass, I think everyone left the beam i'm on.
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Saturday night on Liberty pass.
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I rebooted my modem and router and now I'm getting around 10Mbps. Looks like the problem wasn't congestion after all.
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It’s Sunday night and I’m all out of priority data.
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 You got me by a bit to night! lol
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This has to be some sort of glitch. If Viasat doesn’t fix this, then Liberty 12 is going to end up being better than Platinum Unlimited.
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This has been going on since June or July for me, I think the beams are not congested like they have been in the past tbh. Back in early 2017 last year even with priority data I would be at .025mbps or worse. Speeds continue to get better as time goes on to. Back in the early part of 2018 speeds was around 4mbps during the day and as time past they got better and better. Now during the day I get 18 to 20mbps on a 12mbps plan. Is it a glitch or just not as many people on our beams as before? With the speeds I get I say Viasat 2 has taken the load off of Viasat 1 or Viasat lost lots of customers. Something major has happened over the last year there is no denying that. When I say it started happening in July I mean with the Liberty pass having good speeds during peak hours.
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Here it is after 8pm and my speeds are awesome
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Okay Tony Shill and Stephen Spice!
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I just spent an hour watching YouTube on my laptop with no buffering. Amazing.

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In all fairness, I dont think you use the video resolution downgrader do you?
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Been streaming Hulu and recording a show on prime video
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I keep my downgrader off at all times as of late, back in the day I used it when I was on the 50gb plan and speeds was slow. I was on the 150gb unlimited plan not to long ago and tried it out but man that plan was horrible to stream content on. Then I switched to the Liberty 50 plan and never used all my data since I used the free time to record so I went to the Liberty 12 after a couple of months. Best plan I have been on is Liberty 12 And it is cheap to compared to the other plans.
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I keep the downgrader turned on. I’m seriously thinking of turning it off if I continue to get speeds above 1 mbps during primetime on the Liberty Pass.
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My priority data reset on the fourth. I’ve managed to use up my 12gb of priority data and am now on the Liberty Pass.

Unfortunately this means my speeds are reduced to up to 5 mbps.

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I miss the old forum and some of the features it had!
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Amen. I wish people could put me on ignore.
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Shill!  Shill!  Shill!  Sorry, I couldn't resist.  I thought that, perhaps, you were getting used to having that said to you every day, and I always do my best to help!  LOL.  
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Liberty pass is rocking tonight
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How could anyone ignore Stephen?
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Primetime is here. I’m a happy camper.
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I miss the old forum and some of the features it had!
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Amen. I wish people could put me on ignore.
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I'm on my Linux laptop right now, using 2.4g.... slower than molasses it seems....
So, I  went to my office computer, a Win7 Pro PC, it has the Windows Desktop Speedtest.net app on it,
and it also is using a Cat-5 cable direct to the ViaSat modem.
at 7:30 pm CST, I must have been the only one using the beam to Oologah, OK tonight,
it peaked out at 69Mps down, and 5.01 up.
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You’re annoying
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AZgl1800,

That Speedtest desktop app is sketchy, at best.  That's not to say that it can't be accurate, but only that it can be very inaccurate, and far too often.  

Site testing gives the most accurate results, and more often. 
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I agree, when it was first shown to me, it was "used to prove how fast the ViaSat is".
As I have been a Comm Tech since 1958, working in the industry, when a "test tool" gives results and order of magnitude better than other commonly used tools, I tend to be very skeptic as to its' reliability/accuracy.

One thing it does do, is it consistently reports speeds that are more than twice what other common speed test sites do... in fact, it reports speed test results that are on average 2.5 times faster than the SpeedTest.net website does.

IMO, it is using a bit of skulduggery to get those results, like channeling direct to their own servers somehow...

I feel that it is communication directly with the LAN adapter, by not using other intervening software ( browsers ).

Here is the SpeedTest History for me over the last few weeks.  Depends on the Time of Day / Network Congestion.

I like this History log, gives an overall view of connection speed.

https://i.imgur.com/R9L3Uxu.png