Yesterday Was Thursday, Today Must Be Wifi Friday!

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Hello all!  Lizzie is enjoying a beach, or a pool, or something far away from here in cold, snowy Denver and asked me to post the link to this week's Wifi Friday!

This week is a quick overview of the Viasat Wireless Gateway, Viasat's new modem exclusive to the Viasat 2 satellite.  The article goes a bit into the bones of the device, as well as the reasons behind its unique shape.

https://corpblog.viasat.com/viasat-2-service-comes-with-a-powerful-wireless-router/
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Gary

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That looks great and sounds greater. I must still be in the dark ages where Viasat is concerned. My modem does not have wifi capabilities and I needed to buy a separate ASUS wifi router. I have been out of this world on satellite since Wild Blue first started and I think that as long as I am not complaining Viasat has no need to upgrade old customers.
I go through most of the same issues the rest here do. Have to reboot fairly regular and the net drops out at the hint of a storm and stays gone as long as the clouds are around but I only play on the computer so if it doesn't work I go play with something else. Complaining is useless in my experience with both WB and Viasat.
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Thanks Matt B.  ( This is a tough crowd..)
Existing customers are on VS2.  We have heard from them on this forum.
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That's not really the point. You can't get any 25Mbs plan whether you are new or not on my beam. All this crap about 25Mbs Nationwide was a load of El Toro Kaka. And that is the reason why we have become a tough crowd. I probably will not leave this beam, but I think I should have the option to make my own decision. Quite frankly I am tired of being a mushroom. Those who are  on V2 know what the flippin Router looks like. And those who are not don't give a rat's rectum about it
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O.K.  That makes more sense.  You don't have any VS2 plans yet.  Others do.

"Existing customers won't see viasat 2 until 2020 "
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Cindy Berryman King Orloff

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Is this router/modem on for the Viasat 2 customers?? Also if for every customer, how much or extra is it to use? Thanks
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Someone sure is grumpy.
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Michael McDowell

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Cindy, To answer your question...The new Viasat Wireless Gateway is used for the service on Viasat-2. It is not available for use on Viasat-1.
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Grumpyoldman

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Okaaaaay, and I want to know this why? Existing customers won't see viasat 2 until 2020  (probably) , and by then it will be just as  congested as Viasat 1.
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RE: "...know...why? Existing customers won't see viasat 2 until 2020  (probably)

Bean counters' Triage...when newbie sales plummet, then 'old timers' come next....when supplies are limited.
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Grumpyoldman

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That Sounds about right! But my point is still valid why put this out until it is ready for the old timers? Why not wait until the "Old Timers" are able to get plans?
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Old Labs

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Because it's called marketing and generating interest in Viasat-2 - Lizzie has been posting links to the corporate blog for several weeks now and Matt B is continuing that tradition. I tend to check that blog on a regular basis and this is old news in that regard. They're pointing out sources of information, but there are in fact existing customers who have moved to Viasat-2.

Some will find it interesting, others not and I'll put you down in the latter camp ;)

Some of us on the other hand would even prefer even more details (rather than simple marketing info)  in evaluating whether we'll switch or not, such as that found at:

https://www.wildbluetools.com/content/FS/30/32/I010100_ViasatWiFiGateway_RouterSettingsTab.pdf

https://www.wildbluetools.com/content/FS/30/32/I010100_ViasatWiFiGateway_ParentalTab.pdf

https://www.wildbluetools.com/content/FS/30/32/I010100_ViasatWiFiGateway_WiFiSettings.pdf
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Grumpyoldman

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How about useful info like some actual customer reviews of the gateway? It's all garbage if the unit has enough limitations that you HAVE to use a router behind it to get the job done. Pretty shape does not make a good unit. I want to know "Where's the beef?"
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Old Labs

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How about useful info like some actual customer reviews of the gateway?
How about customers supply those and not Lizzie, Matt B or the Marketing and Corporate Communications department? Try Wendy's for the other question.
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I am not sure there are many customers out there that can supply much of anything. We have onky heard from a couple on here and they are not very active.
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Old Labs

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So let's berate Matt B and Lizzie for doing their jobs, I guess...

Everybody's grumpy because they aren't at liberty to provide a detailed roll-out schedule - let's shoot the messengers.
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I'm having beans and rice tonight.
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Gary

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Wrong forum and exactly why I am not on Book Face.
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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And cookies for desert.
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Tres Bien

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desert lead object

I'm having it for dessert, not advocating for desertion, a lethal practice in either approach. 

This will all make sense if you study if for a bit, but suffice it say that in lieu of attempting to understand the totality of my ravings, know that they are in essence merely a spelling correction.
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Viasat's modems are more interesting looking than what I get with HughesNet, especially the previous model with all of the different colored lights.  
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A lot on here like to call the VS2 Wireless Gateway modem "The Toblerone" modem (after the triangle shaped candy). Keeping in with the "pyramid shape" this is a early sneak peak at our Voice phones: 


(kidding obviously)
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Ten million zillion points goes out to Brad!
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Tres Bien

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Does it have a wired connection?
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Old Labs

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It has two wired (Ethernet/LAN) ports. See page 2 at:

http://www.wildbluetools.com/content/FS/20/23/I010600_VWGManual.pdf
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Tres Bien

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Oh, perfect!

File saved just in case they ever get me a VS2 beam.

Thanks.