WiFi Router questions

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I have 3 different WiFi routers and want to know which one works best with Viasat/Exede.

ASUS RT-AC68P, 802.11ac

Apple Airport Extreme 802.11ac, model A1521

Verizon/Samsung Network Extender for business A3LSCS-2UAAAA , model SCS-2U01

We do use Apple I phones on the Verizon network but we have absolutely no cellular signal here at home so WiFi is of extreme importance. 
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Gary

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Old Labs

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ASUS routers are popular here  - in particular any of those that can be updated to the Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware if additional functionality is needed and ASUS RT-AC68P is one of them:

https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/about
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Thanks Old Labs, do I have to do something to update my ASUS or is there a way to find out if I have the ASUS/Merlin in it already?
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You have to download and install the Asuswrt-Merlin firmware as described at:

https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki

But you'd only need it if you wanted some of the advance features it offers - many are in the form of more robust traffic monitoring and analysis.

I'd go without it until up and running and then determine if needed. You can always go with the stock Asus firmware and keep that up to date using the router's administrative user interface.

 P.S. As far as which router works best with WiFi calling that's a different topic.  
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I've been on the ASUS here for probably the last 3 years and it works. I am not savvy in this digital stuff and my brother just gave me the other 2 routers claiming they were the latest and greatest but he is not on satellite internet. It was you who suggested the ASUS back when I was having issues and I thank you for that. Going into the administrative settings is a completely scary thought for me because I hate the thought of fixing something that is not broken and ending up in limbo.
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I can understand that... for some it is indeed scary. 

I'd would recommend at least checking to see if updated stock Asus firmware is available or having someone who's comfortable with the firmware upgrade process take a look - I'm sure there have been a number of updates in the last 3 years and some may even be security related if I recall router security scares correctly during this period (ASUS was singled out but it applied to other brands also). 
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I will make an attempt this afternoon and pray that I don't screw it up.
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I'm using an ASUS RT-N66U with the latest stock firmware and it's working fine.
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I  don't know what "Working Fine" actually means. I have noticed lately that you tube videos are running slower and web sites and forums are loading slower than in the past before Viasat became Excede. Not sure if it is on my end like a router update issue or if it is just Viasat overselling satellite space in my specific area. Friends up the road have Hughes Gen 5 and are no more satisfied than I am with Viasat. I have thought about switching because there are only 2 options here but in all reality neither of these providers should be calling their service High Speed.
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In my case "working fine" means that wifi is working well throughout our house, browsing the Internet is satisfactory and we can stream videos most of the time without excessive buffering.  When we do have problems with streaming, it is not a router problem, but network congestion, i.e. a Viasat issue, usually during prime time (that said, lately streaming has been working beautifully--even during prime time). We rarely have a problem with Internet browsing, even when we can't stream videos. Hope this clarifies.

Between the two Satnet operators, Viasat beats Hughesnet hands down.

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You are probably correct John, Network Congestion is the likely cause of most of my slow issues. Long ago I knew what beam I was on when it was still Wild Blue but now I have no idea and not sure what that would tell me anyway. It went from Wild Blue to Excede and now to Viasat and although it does not get much worse it sure does not get any better. I have no problems at all with wifi working throughout the house and even in the yard and driveway, just slow poke loading and buffering when pals send me videos or I go between sites. Every week it seems I have to unplug the modem and router and then re boot both to get back to what I used to have here.