VS2 Installed today!

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My VS2 high density beam install is done! I was given VIP status which I’m told is typically reserved for employees. Basically there were two inspections. One from a supervisor who came in person and another over a video conference on the installers cell phone with I presume to be a Viasat representative. The good. I’m not experiencing any of the issues that Andy has. YouTube plays instantly with no buffering and downloading music is no problem either. FAST.COM reports 1.9 mb/s.
The bad is the highest speed I’ve achieved over WiFi is 30 mb/s. Have not had time to check with a wired connection. My only other concern was the SNR is only 6.5. Have much higher on my VS1 connection. So far I’m only in 30 minutes, but things seem good. Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc all load way faster then VS1 setup. Will update when I have more to share.
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UPDATE: Moved the router and am now getting 45 mb/s. I neglected to say before that I am on Gold 50 with 100 gigs.
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Nathan Hart

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Finally managed 50.5 mb/s. Seems to be highly effected based on the server you choose on Speedtest.
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mferner

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use this http://speedtest.via-satellite.net/ to test speed its made for viasat! so try it and let me know your download and upload speed please! You can test it twice back to back to see how accurate it is
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Will have to test later. Flash won’t run on this device.
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mferner

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Alright
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mferner

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Did they run new cable from dish to modem are did u keep what they ran in house for viasat1
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Nathan Hart

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I have a dual setup. Both VS1 & VS2 simultaneously. Everything on the VS2 setup is new.
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If you operate a Windows computer, Open Explorer and go to the large icon view and right-click on pictures that are sideways and it will show you can rotate them, either clockwise-ways or counter-clockwise and if upside down, do it twice..
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flat earther.....
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Nathan Hart

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Any picture I upload to the forum is sideways. I have no idea why. All the pictures are in the right position on my end when I upload.
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Oh Ok Nice, If your awake at about 3 am would love to know ur speeds on the 50mbps plan, Im on the 25mbps plan on viasat1 and Most of the time at around 3-4am my download speed is 46mbps! right now at 6:45pm est my download speed is 20.63! If I knew I wouldnt get slowed in the evening time after going over my alloted data I would switch in a heartbeat! Silverplan now I have 150gb and if I went to silver on viasat2 I would have 60gb before possibly being slowed in the evening!
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The main thing to remember is VS1 is pretty full and VS2 is a ghost town right now. My VS1 connection is at 550 kB/s in the evenings.
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Also important to remember that high density spot beam coverage is limited. Even more limited than planned. So results will vary. Being on Viasat-2 and being on a Viasat-2 High density beam are going to be two significantly different experiences.

Regardless, thanks for sharing!
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Has anyone constructed an approximation yet of where VS2 high density beams are?
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Hi Nathan,  Thank you for sharing your experience so far.  Have a great weekend!
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Pretty nice.  
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Note the gps fix in the modem screenshot. Viasat can send the internet police after you now.
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Nathan Hart

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I think it’s for the phone option that’s built in. 911 compliance.
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The GPS is to make sure the system is being installed at the address listed on the acct. 

Andy
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Also noticed that CPU core temp of 176 degrees.  Almost hot enough to fry an egg....or at least slow cook it.  Man that modem runs hot.
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I bet it has. The fan is very, very quiet in it.
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The info page 192.168.100.1 has shown the fan at zero RPM each time I check. And the VS1 modem is considerably warmer to the touch. Neither are HOT, but the VS1 modem is defitnely warmer.
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176 degrees?  Oh my.  
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The temperature is that of the CPU I believe. Not the modem itself. Seriously it’s of no concern. Like I said the VS1 modem is definitely warmer overall to the touch then the VS2 modem.
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Guess I'm just too used to PC CPUs.  A PC CPU running at 176 degrees, if it's a regular occurrence, is of major concern.  
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The fan typically won't kick on unless the CPU temp gets over 200 degrees and kicks back off when it gets back down to around 197. 

Nathan, you are on what they all a Small beam which is getting all the perks, I'm on a Large beam which gets the lowest possible priority of service. I've been with the family at Disney for the past few days and when I got home late Thursday night I went out on the back deck for a beer and to wind down from the drive and tried downloading 3 songs off Amazon Music, while they downloaded I listened to music already on my phone. About 30 minutes later when I went in I checked on the 3 songs......NONE of them had fully downloaded yet. Ran a speed test and got over 16mbps. So obviously Large beam customers have kick butt bandwidth available for speed test but not for much else. 

Andy
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If someone with a lot of spare time would just type in every zip code in North America we’d know already. LOL
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I actually did that for southern Ohio. Not so much to see if there was a high density spot beam, but to examine the ridiculousness of plan offerings from one zip code to the next, in terms of both pricing and features.

It would be enough to drive a local dealer to think about a new profession.
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This is really interesting information.  I knew the beam map hadn't been made public yet but didn't realize it was intentionally highly confidential.  

Why is it helpful to Viasat to hide that information? Ie, why is it in their best interests (which presumably it is, or they wouldn't do it) to keep both dealers and customers in the dark?
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Probably something to do with the insurance claim.
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Even without the issues, Viasat has held the beam map of Viasat-2 very close to the vest.  I got the impression they never intended to publish it.  I mean, Viasat-1's beam map was never really given out by them.  Now, there was some third parties that published it, and a couple times the map accidentally leaked on a website. In particular the one that showed beam saturation with the number of subs.  Now THAT was an interesting map. 
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