Wi-Fi calling

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 Anyone here have any experience with Verizon Wi-Fi calling with Viasat? No cell service here at home but I already have a cell phone for while I'm at work. I used the Wi-Fi calling a little bit, seems to work OK so far.  Hoping to ditch the landline at home and save a few bucks. Don't use the home phone a lot but don't want to be completely without one.
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I use it. Once you get over talking with a delay, it works fine.
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I use Republic Wireless which utilizes WiFi calling as well. For the most part it works pretty well but the term "millage may vary" seems to be appropriate as I do have occasional call quality issues.

Ensuring that your home WiFi network is properly optimized for voice traffic is also very important. I was able to correct some of my call quality issues by tweaking the settings on my router.

As an asside, I use a Asus RT-AC66 router as it does a much better job with WiFi. I also flashed the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware on it which gives me per device bandwidth usage (very useful for tracking down what devices used data).

I also noticed that, at least with Republic, the phone you have seems to make a difference in call quality over WiFi as well. I switched from a Pixel to a Pixel 2 XL and that made a big difference in call quality when calling over WiFi.
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Sprint works awesome over a Viasat connection for me.  T-Mobile sucks when connected to Viasat.

Thats how it is for me.   Of course, it could have something to do with the phone, but my T-Mobile phone does awesome voice calls when it isn't connected to Viasat.

Sprint works awesome over wifi, even during peak hours where my Viasat connection drops to 256k.
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Footnote - I came across this ASUS config information for RT-N66U

ASUS states - Enable UPnP: UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) allows several devices (routers, televisions, stereo systems, game consoles, cellular phone) to be controlled via an IP-based network with or without a central control through a gateway."

I know nothing about WiFi technical aspects for cellphones, or if they have changed since say 2012, but if WiFi calling is suppose to work, and it is not, then check UPnP setting in router.

FWIW - "Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a network protocol that allows compliant devices to automatically set port forwarding rules for themselves"
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My cell service is with Google Fi and wifi calling works fine with Viasat.

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Anyone here that uses wifi calling, on a large beam on VS2?

I only know of one person on a large beam and has very poor performance.
The problem is NOT site specific but I wonder if it is beam specific

All other beams on all the birds that I have first hand knowledge of, wifi calling works very well.