You guys are scaring me from signing up

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Hello All 

I was thinking of going with the ViaSat unlimited Silver 25 but could not find out what beam I would be on for Centerburg OH ( 40.3045:N, 82.6963" W) and if it is already congested.

I've been debating about dropping or very slow low quality DSL.  But with all the problems I am seeing about data usage extremely slow speeds maybe my DSL speed of 1 meg down/256 K upload and constant network drops don't look so bad.

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Posted 5 months ago

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Beam 319. It is not as congested as some other beams, but I would think long and hard before I gave up hard wired internet for satellite.
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As long as you can get on VS2 you will be fine for a few years. VS1 was winning FCC awards for maintaining advertised speeds until maybe 2016? In other words they work great until they are full. And of last report Viasat is losing residential customers ,not gaining.
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One other thing to think about is the latency. Your DSL most likely has an average ping time of around 30ms where as satellite services are typically in the 600ms.
In practical terms this means there is a delay in Skype / VoIP calls and other applications that relay on low latency may have issues (i.e. some games).
The major benefit would be the increased download throughput (big caveat for you would be if things aren't congested).
I am on that plan in Northern Michigan and during the day things are fine but in the evening the congestion kicks in which makes anything but web browsing difficult. But with most streaming services allowing you to pre-download shows, I manage pretty well.
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I knew about the latency but I am surprised to hear that during the day you are not having any problems but the evening is slow.  Any idea what your average down/up load speeds are in the evening?
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I live an hour or so away from you. Different beam, but I have been getting 500kbps during primetime on a regular basis.

And there is no high density Viasat-2 spot beam around here, so I wouldn't move to it.
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It varies a ton and is very specific to which beam you're on with ViaSat-1. Some evenings I am fine and in the 3 - 8 Mbps range but other evenings it has been as low as 100 - 200 Kbps. Again, this is on my beam, since you're not in my area these numbers really don't have any reflection on what the performance will be like for you.

Also, an important note that the notation I am using is bits per second (Mbps) and not bytes per second (MBps). So if you're looking for actual download speeds that a browser would report, take my numbers and divide by 8.

If you end up on ViaSat-2, then I wouldn't be worried.
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Oh, and during the morning and throughout the day (8am - 4/5pm), I typically get the advertised speeds. I am out and about during the weekends and don't have reliable data there on my beam.
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