Viasat Internet Speed Test
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Viasat offers several satellite internet plans with varying download speeds, ranging from 12 Mbps up to 100 Mbps. Viasat plans also have different amounts of data. Occasional internet users can get by with smaller data plans, while those relying on the internet for school, work, health care, or entertainment (hello Netflix!) will want to bump up to plans with bigger data allotments.
When people complain about slow satellite internet speeds, it’s usually because they’ve exceeded their data cap and their speeds are getting throttled. Cutting down on streaming or upgrading to a plan with more data can help.
Viasat is available almost everywhere in the US—which makes it a great choice for people living in small towns, outer suburbs, and rural areas with limited internet options. You don’t need to have your home connected to city infrastructure to get satellite internet—it’s beamed down from the sky. To find out if your internet plan is delivering the speeds promised, take the one-click speed test below.
Viasat delivers more data
Viasat satellite internet speeds vary widely from one plan to another, but the biggest difference you’ll actually experience between plans is varying amounts of data.
Satellite plans give you a set amount of “priority data” each month, which is the way they prevent over usage. Priority data is full speed data—which you should be getting at the speed you’re paying for. But when you run out of your monthly allotment of priority data, your speeds could be slowed way down for the rest of the month. Speeds are often throttled down to 1–3 Mbps, which will make a big difference in your internet experience.
To avoid slowing, we recommend getting a package with ample data and then monitoring your data throughout the month. Viasat makes data monitoring fairly painless with the Viasat app.
Last year, Viasat doubled the data allowance on many plans, making Viasat the best choice for satellite service for most families. Viasat plans now offer up to six times as much data as similarly-priced HughesNet plans. This generous data allowance is the biggest reason we recommend Viasat over any other satellite provider—because running out of data just really stinks, and we know how easy it is to run through data while streaming. Yes, Netflix, we’re looking at you again.
Compare the data on these similarly priced satellite internet plans. Viasat’s plans give you four to six times as much data as the top-tier HughesNet internet plan delivers.
*Promotional price is for the first 3 months. Regular internet rate applies after 3 months.
**Service plans require a 24-month commitment.
Internet speed recommendations
Are you wondering which Viasat internet plan would work best for your household? Remember to look at both speed and data—because running out of data has a big impact on satellite internet speed. Once your priority data is gone for the month, your speeds can be throttled down to 1 to 3 Mbps.
The more people and devices you have connected to the internet, the more data and speed you’ll need. Some households get by with lower data plans by avoiding streaming services and getting satellite TV.
Recommended download speed
Your house might not need as much speed or data as your photographer friend uses. But then again, you might need much more speed than you think. Households have varying internet speed requirements, based on how many devices are connected at the same time and what kind of activities people do. In the chart below, you can see how much speed typical households need based on their internet activities. Video streaming in HD calls for the most speed, while casual internet browsing requires slower speeds.
Video streaming (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.):
- 1–2 devices: SD (DVD quality): 10 Mbps | HD: 50 Mbps
- 3–4 devices: SD (DVD quality): 50 Mbps | HD: 100+ Mbps
- 1–2 devices: 5 Mbps
- 2–4 devices: 25 Mbps
- 1–2 devices: 3–5 Mbps
- 2–4 devices: 10+ Mbps
- 1–2 devices: 25 Mbps
- 2–4 devices: 75+ Mbps
How much data do I need?
To get an idea of how much data your household uses per month, take a look at how much data typical internet activities use per hour.
Use the chart below to find out how much data you need each month.
- Pick a typical day and tally up how many hours of each activity are used.
- Then multiply that number by 30, and you have your average monthly data usage for your household.
Data use per hour
|Internet browsing||0.01–0.02 GB|
|Music streaming||0.15 GB|
|Social Media||0.15 GB|
|Video call (two people)||0.06–0.56 GB|
|Video conference calls (data use increases with each video participant)||0.8–2.4 GB|
|Streaming video in SD (480p)||700 MB|
|Streaming video in HD||3 GB|
|Streaming video in UHD (4K)||7 GB|
|Video game downloads||1–20 GB|
|Basic online gaming||0.01 GB|
|Multiplayer online gaming||0.06 GB|
About our Viasat internet speed test
The Viasat satellite internet speed test measures your speed and internet performance by three important factors.
- Download speed: This is how fast data travels from the server to your computer. If you have a slow download speed, you’ll notice a long pause between clicking on a link and seeing the result displayed. The FCC defines high-speed broadband internet as a connection with at least 25 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed.
- Upload speed: This measures how quickly you can send data from your computer to the server. Anytime you send an email, upload a photo to social media, or participate in a video call, you’re uploading data. The faster your upload speed, the better.
- Latency: this tells you how long it takes a ping to travel in a round trip from your computer to the server and back. Because satellite data travels all the way to satellites orbiting the Earth, satellite internet latency is usually pretty high. The lower the latency, the quicker your response time will be in fast paced online gaming. A good latency for gaming is less than 50 ms.
During the speed test, an empty file is sent from the server to your computer, and then back to the server. This measures your upload speed, download speed, and latency.
Internet speed can vary throughout the day. It’s typical for speeds to vary from minute to minute and slow down significantly during peak periods of usage (usually between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.). To get a true indication of the speeds you’re getting with your Viasat plan, take the test several times during the day.