want to use my own router

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We have had this exede viasat router/modem for about a year now but have always complained about the internet speed. My brother constantly have to go to my aunt house just to do school work because ours speed are so bad. I have a netgear nighthawk router i would like to use to help increase but im not sure how to set it up. Can someone help me? I have tried the bridge option but it seemed to make things worse for us. Need Help!
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Brian, Champion

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In essence you have a 1/2 inch pipeline feeding a 1/2 inch garden hose that is too slow and you think that by changing to a 1 inch garden hose you’ll get more water.

You’re still being fed by a 1/2 inch pipeline. The output from your garden hose doesn’t change.
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 The best way to know if a separate router will help is by connecting something via Ethernet cable to the ViaSat modem.  If the Ethernet cable connected device gets better speed than a WiFi connected device, a different router may help, but if you're still seeing slow speed, a different router will do nothing for you.  

And when I say better speed I mean many Mbps, not one or two.  It's normal for an Ethernet cable connected device to get slightly better speed than a WiFi connected device, but if you're seeing speeds that are more than a few Mbps higher than the ViaSat WiFi, the Nighthawk may very well help.  

Edit:  I can't help you with connecting it as I don't have ViaSat, so I don't know their process for connecting a 3rd party router.  But, one thing I do know is that, in order to avoid an IP conflict,  you'll need to change the IP address for the router if it's the same as the ViaSat modem. 
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I hooked up my net gear router to my viasat router by Ethernet and it helped my speeds a lot.
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From the sounds of what the OP is describing their speed issue is probably more severe than was yours.  
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Andy Schack

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Lisa, I hook up Netgear routers to Viasat modems all the time....literally hundreds of them. There is nothing special you need to do. When you first connect a Netgear router and open your browser it will automatically take you through the install wizard which will ultimately land you on the screen that shows the ssid and password, there is a tab below this that says "take me to the internet", click on it and you get a success page. You're done. 

IF you have already made all kinds of changes to your router and suspect you may have messed things up, there is a reset button on the back of the router. You can use something like a ballpoint pen to press it....do NOT press too hard. After you reset it, it will be just like it was out of the box....everything set back to factory defaults, INCLUDING any password or ssid changes you may have made.