Is Viasat satellite internet any good?
Yes, Viasat satellite internet is a good option for people who live in rural areas and don’t have access to cable, fiber, and other internet options that require infrastructure to be built out to homes and businesses. Viasat satellite internet doesn’t require lines or cables to be installed out to your home—you’ll just need a satellite dish and a clear view of the southern sky. If you have the option of getting cable internet, fixed wireless, or other options, we suggest you check out these internet services first because satellite tends to be more expensive than other internet options.
Does Viasat require a phone line?
No, Viasat does not require a phone line to get satellite internet service. All you need is the right Viasat equipment and a clear view of the southern sky.
Can I stream video with Viasat satellite internet?
Yes, you can stream with Viasat. However, there’s a big difference between trying to stream Mad Max: Fury Road in 4K to your 70-inch TV and watching a how-to cooking video on YouTube via your smartphone. The latter is feasible, but the former is implausible using a basic satellite internet plan.
Viasat does offer streaming quality recommendations for its plans (see below), but keep in mind that they’re not guaranteed.
- Unlimited Bronze 25: 360p
- Unlimited Silver 25: 480p
- Unlimited Gold 30: 720p
- Unlimited Gold 50: 720p
- Unlimited Platinum 100: 1080p
How fast is Viasat internet?
Viasat offers five different speed tiers across eight different packages. The top download speeds for these packages range from 12 Mbps up to 100 Mbps. (Internet packages from HughesNet, the other leading satellite internet provider, top out at 25 Mbps.) Viasat’s fastest speeds are not available everywhere.
How do I get TV service with my Viasat (Exede) internet plan?
You can pair your Viasat Internet service with satellite TV from DISH or DIRECTV. Satellite TV requires a separate satellite dish. So, if you get Viasat Internet and DISH or DIRECTV, each company will have to install its own satellite dish.
Can I use a VoIP with my Viasat Internet service?
Yes, you can use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) with Viasat, but it will use up your data unless you use Viasat’s own VoIP, called Viasat Voice (which is $29.99 per month). Like its internet service, Viasat Voice is a monthly subscription service.
Does Viasat work with a VPN?
It’s possible to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with your Viasat internet service, but it will probably not perform well with one. Satellite internet, even from Viasat, is susceptible to high latency (lag). Because a VPN continually encrypts and decrypts information as it leaves or enters your network, every piece of data is like initiating a new download. This compounds the effects of high latency and can increase your data usage by about 5–15%.
Can I play video games with Viasat Internet?
The short answer is yes, but online gaming with satellite internet can be problematic. Viasat is no exception. While you’ll get plenty of speed from Viasat, the lag associated with satellite internet can be frustrating. It has the biggest impact on real-time activities like online gaming. For some helpful tips about the best ways to play video games online using satellite internet, check out Your Guide to Gaming on Satellite Internet.
What’s the cheapest Viasat internet plan?
The Liberty 12 plan ($30 a month) is the cheapest Viasat plan. After three months, the price will go up on this plan to $50 per month. Viasat plans vary by location, so the Liberty 12 plan may not be available in your area.
Can I get Viasat for my rural business?
Yes, Viasat offers a wide array of business internet solutions that are ideal for anything from small businesses to airlines.
How do I see my monthly Viasat bill?
To see your Viasat bill, just log into your Viasat account.
How do I pay my Viasat bill?
The easiest way to pay your Viasat bill is to log into your account using the link above, following the prompts to make a payment. You can pay your Viasat bill with a credit or debit card. Checks are not accepted.
As a heads up, once your account has been set up, the credit card you have provided Viasat with will be billed automatically, so you won’t usually need to pay it manually.
Who do I contact with Viasat billing questions?
For questions about your Viasat bill, visit its Contact Us page to submit your question by chat or email. Or you can simply call 1-855-810-1308.
Does Viasat charge cancellation fees?
Yes. Viasat Internet services require a two-year agreement. If you cancel your service before the end of that two-year period, Viasat will charge $15 for every month remaining on the contract. For example, if you cancel after the first year, you’ll be charged $180.
Is Viasat available in my area?
Viasat satellite internet is available almost everywhere in the US. All you need is a clear view of the southern sky, so unless you live in a deep canyon or a cave, you can probably get a signal. However, there are some areas where there are too many subscribers and therefore Viasat is not accepting new customers in all locations. If Viasat continued to accept new customers everywhere, speeds would slow for everyone. The launch of the ViaSat-3 satellite system in May 2021 will solve this issue.
Is Exede available in my area?
Exede Internet was the old brand name for Viasat residential internet services. In 2017, Viasat stopped using the Exede brand name. Now it markets all its residential internet services as Viasat Internet. While existing Exede customers were allowed to keep their service plans, no new Exede plans are available. However, Viasat Internet is available almost everywhere in North America.
How do I install Viasat satellite internet?
Viasat Internet requires professional installation to mount and align the satellite dish that receives the signal. There is no self-installation option. You’ll schedule an installation time when you order your service. Along with installing the dish, the installation technician will help you set up the connection on the main computer you’ll use on the internet. The Viasat installation technician will need an adult (18 or older) to verify the credit card on the account and sign for the installation.
What equipment do I need for Viasat Internet?
Viasat will provide all the equipment you need for a fast internet connection and home network. Most setups include the satellite dish and a modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router. You can also use a third-party router if you prefer, but you must use the modem issued by Viasat. Also, Viasat charges a monthly equipment lease fee of $9.99.
Will Viasat Internet work with a wireless router?
Yes. In fact, the Viasat modem comes with a built-in wireless router. If you prefer a different router, you can use it, but you’ll still need to use Viasat’s modem and pay the monthly equipment fee.
What is Viasat?
Viasat is a satellite communications company. It provides satellite internet and phone services to government, corporate, and residential clients. Its residential internet service was formerly branded as Exede Internet. After purchasing WildBlue, a smaller satellite internet provider, it also provided services in some areas under that brand name.
In 2017, Viasat dropped the brand names Exede and WildBlue and now offers all its residential internet service under the name Viasat Internet.
What happened to Exede Internet?
Viasat used to offer residential satellite internet service under the brand name Exede Internet. It dropped the name Exede in 2017. Now it uses the name Viasat Internet for all its residential internet services. While all new service plans are marketed as Viasat Internet plans, customers who were on existing Exede plans were grandfathered into the new brand, and most could keep their service agreement.
What is ViaSat-2?
ViaSat-2 is the satellite launched by Viasat in 2017 that went live for service in 2018. It has a huge throughput capacity that allows it to provide satellite internet service to airlines and other large corporate clients while still offering up to 100 Mbps download speeds to residential customers.
What is ViaSat-3?
Scheduled to launch sometime in 2021, the ViaSat-3 satellites will add enormous capacity to the current ViaSat system, which is currently overloaded. ViaSat-3 is a trio of satellites that will bring faster speeds to customers and expand internet coverage area across the oceans and throughout the world.3