Working from home with a VPN

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I am interviewing for a work from home position and an offer of employment currently is hung on finding a better internet provider.  I need at least 10 download speed and was considering the Unlimited plan.  I live in the south and have a clear view to the southern sky (zero trees or buildings).  What has been your experience working from home while using Exede?
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Don Rybak

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Good morning.  In your heading you mention working with a VPN connection.  I too use VPN if I want to do anything related to work from home and VPN is almost unusable due to the long time between the transmission and reply through satellite.  I'll make a VPN connection and I can watch the connection go in and out.  I have no issues with Exede other than when having to go through VPN.   Don
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If a VPN is required, how ell that works is hit and miss with Exede. Some work well, other do not. Download speeds are UP TO the advertised speed and, yes often you are likely to have 10 Mbps or faster download speed but, that may not be at ALL times. Congestion and weather affect satellite internet service.

Congestion on your beam means slower speeds as does using all of the data in your chosen plan for the month. Weather can reduce speeds or result in an outage until the weather either at your home or, at your gateway (might be half way across the country from your home) clears enough to allow the signal to reach the satellite.

Having a general idea of how the different beams perform, living in the south, I would say that, if either the VPN works well with Exede or, no VPN is required, you would be fine with an Unlimited plan.

Ask the company, the usual difficulty is that satellite internet latency is going to be 600 ms or more and, some VPNs do not work with that high of latency. That is unavoidable, nothing Exede or you can do about the high latency. Sometimes the server you connect to (the company) can adjust things to allow for better performance with high latency but, that is up to the company in question.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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HI TKLady,  Thanks for your inquiry, Bev and Don are correct. VPN may or may not work. Here is a link about VPN and how to test it.
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Thank you for all of the replies.  This helps. 
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Jeff Cokenour

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I recently started using viasat because I moved to my ranch and have no other option.  My business requires that I have a secure, VPN connection.  I am able to work, albeit the service is about dial-up speed.  My service in general has gone out twice recently, but other than that, I would say that working on a VPN can be done if you've no other option and are patient.  I also disabled all other devices on my network when working so that I have no internal data demands other than my VPN.