Will a Verizon 3g signal booster work when connected to the new Viasat internet service?

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Gerald Reed

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i know tmobile one dont work latency to high.Not sure about verizon
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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From what I understand, this is true with pretty much every provider.  

I suggest reaching out to Verizon, ask if it will work with a ~600 ms ping.
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Old Labs

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Using WiFi calling might be the question you have in mind and answered above.

A 3G signal booster would have no impact on Viasat's internet service - only your cellular service.
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David Kingman

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It seemed to work but we disconnected it along with the Ring doorbell and Google Alexa because our data usage went through the roof.
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A signal booster uses its own antenna to boost cell signals, does not use internet.  A network extender (or similar named device) connects to the Internet and routes cell calls through a VOIP~ish connection, and doesn't boost anything.
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It’s called a Verizon Network Extender. It’s uses the internet and boosts your signal to a full 4 bars on your handset.
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Again, a network extender doesn't boost anything.  It -creates- a "fake" cell tower in the home and routes calls through the Internet (basically).  There is no existing signal in the first place to boost.  It requires broadband Internet.  It does not require an existing cell signal at the location.  I don't know anyone with one of these.

An actual cell signal booster does not require an Internet connection, it takes an existing weak cell signal and actually boosts/brings the signal into the building.  It requires its own roof/outside antenna to work.  It does not require an internet connection of any kind.  It DOES require an existing cell signal outside the location.  I have one, several people in this area do.  Weboost (formerly Wilson) is the brand most use here.

They are two totally different devices that do what they do differently.  A cell signal booster is one thing (boost meaning taking an existing signal and making it stronger), a network extender is something else (creates a signal that didn't exist in the first place, nothing to do with any signal you may already receive, no boosting going on).

Clear as mud, I know.  But they are different things.  
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Old Labs

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Not to mention the original poster specifically mentions a 3G signal booster not an extender in his title ;)

So much technology, so much confusion and mud. This is why conveying questions solely through a title raarely ends well. Words matter...
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Also, some mobile devices not support Wi-Fi calling. Not sure how it works with Viasat, but you don't need a cell signal at all to make a call.
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Viasat works OK with Ooma Voice and I can fax on it too(<8 pages long works ok). 
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I recently purchased an iPhone 7 and when I enabled the "WiFi" calling feature I am now able to make and receive phone calls as well as SMS text when I'm in areas with weak to no Cell Service but have decent WiFi.  During non-peak hours the delay is small if not at times not noticeable during phone conversations.  We stiil use a Verizon land line for most of our phone calls but now have an option when someone else is using our land line.
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I do the same thing with my Verizon Android phone. Works so well I ditched my landline.
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GeauxTigers

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Ok I meant network extender that uses your wifi. I know it works well for some people with dsl service  I just didn't know how well it would work with new Viasat service.

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I have a couple of network extenders that connect to my Linksys 1900AC router, which is then connected to my Viasat modem by ethernet. This setup works well for me.  I don't see any reason why the network extenders wouldn't work if they connect directly tho the Viasat WiFi modem, except maybe the WiFi range of the modem might be somewhat limited compared to the Linksys router.
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Ok thanks. The 3g extender that Verizon sells requires a minimum of 3mbps upload speed.

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"minimum of 3mbps upload speed"

That won't work on Viasat then.
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I only know what Verizon sent me required at least a little, one bar, of service to work so it wasn’t a voip type of device. It had a Cel signal receiver that was supposed to be placed in a location with the best possible existing Cel signal. Once set up, we got 2-3 bars of Cel signal but our data usage sky rocketed. I don’t know if that is what the op is talking about or not. Also, Verizon gave this device away for free.
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The type Verizon uses and will sometimes give away are placed near a window in order to get a GPS lock for 911 services and time setting, some had an add on antenna for that use as well.  Unless they had some sort of hybrid device I don't know about and that I never saw mentioned on any of the wireless internet forums I read (which is possible)....  They do not require a cell signal to work, and they won't function if there is no internet connection.  Your data skyrocketed because all phone functions were routed through your home Internet, including phone data usage (updates etc. included), instead of through Verizon towers.  And the bars displayed on your phone were just related to the connection to your network extender.