Viasat (Formerly Exede) Satellite Internet Review 2022

We dug into Viasat prices, plans, speeds, and data caps to compare it to other rural internet providers like HughesNet. In the end, Viasat is our No. 1 satellite internet pick thanks to its fast speeds and large data caps.

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Viasat
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
  • pro
    More than one speed option
  • pro
    Lower price per Mbps per month than HughesNet
  • con
    Three-month price hike
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Liberty 12$30.00/mo.*12 Mbps12 GB
Unlimited Bronze 12$49.99-$69.99/mo.*12 Mbps35 GB
Unlimited Gold 50$99.99-$149.99/mo.*50 Mbps100 GB
Unlimited Platinum 100$149.99-$199.99/mo.*100 Mbps150 GB
Data effective 08/15/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Offer available to new qualifying customers. One-time standard installation fee may be due at checkout. Minimum 24-month service term required. Equipment lease fee is $12.99/mo. Taxes apply. Service is not available in all areas. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.
Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
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May 24, 2022
17 min read

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We recommend Viasat as the best high-speed satellite internet choice.

If cable and fiber internet are a distant dream, Viasat satellite internet might be your best bet to live in the country and still get your streaming fix. It’s got quite a few plans to choose from (depending on where you live), and it has higher speeds that often ring in at a lower price than your other satellite internet choice, HughesNet.

That said, Viasat does come with a price hike after three months when your promotional price ends, plus a few other caveats that might make you hesitate. So let’s dig into the details and find out if Viasat is the best rural internet provider for you.

Find Viasat internet plans in your area.
Pros
  • More than one speed option
  • Lower price per Mbps per month than HughesNet
Cons
  • Three-month price hike
  • Not a lot of data compared to DSL or cable
  • Limited availability for cheaper Liberty plans
Quick note: If you can get DSL or cable internet, it's likely a better deal.
Heads Up

Viasat internet plan prices are high, especially for the speeds they offer. But honestly, those prices aren't abnormal for satellite internet.

That's why if you have a choice between satellite and other types of internet connections, we pretty much always recommend the other types. (Unless it's seriously just dial-up or DSL speeds slower than 25 Mbps.)

Viasat internet prices and plans

Viasat’s price for the speed you get makes it our Editor’s Choice for satellite internet

Viasat (formerly Exede) has a ton of plans to choose from, and at first glance you may feel overwhelmed. But which plan you can get—and how much you end up paying—depends on where you live.

For example, Viasat's Liberty plans are available to a smaller portion of the US than its Unlimited plans.

So, depending on where you call home, you might have only a few Viasat internet speeds to choose from—and you may not be able to choose a Liberty plan. That said, here's a look at all the Viasat satellite internet plans to give you an idea of what's out there.

Viasat satellite internet promotional prices
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Liberty 12
$30.00
/mo
12 Mbps12 GB
Liberty 25
$50.00
/mo
12 Mbps25 GB
Liberty 50
$75.00
/mo
12 Mbps50 GB
Basic 12
$40.00
/mo
12 Mbps15 GB
Unlimited Bronze 12
$64.99
/mo
12 Mbps35 GB
Unlimited Silver 12
$99.99
/mo
12 Mbps45 GB
Unlimited Gold 12
$149.99
/mo
12 Mbps65 GB
Unlimited Silver 25
$84.99
/mo
25 Mbps60 GB
Unlimited Gold 30
$99.99
/mo
30 Mbps100 GB
Unlimited Gold 50
$119.99
/mo
50 Mbps100 GB
Unlimited Platinum 100
$169.99
/mo
100 Mbps150 GB

You might be wondering what other differences are when it comes to Viasat's Liberty plans and its Unlimited plans. Basically, the Liberty plans come with much less data than most of the Unlimited data plans. We dive into this a bit more when we discuss Viasat data caps if you want to skip ahead.

Viasat internet prices after three months

No matter which plan you choose, you’ll want to watch out for Viasat’s three-month price hike.

For most (but not all) of its plans, Viasat jacks up your prices pretty dramatically after your first three months of service. After that, your price locks in for the rest of your two-year contract, but that initial jump is a pain in the wallet.

But even with the surprise price hike, Viasat's prices are better than HughesNet's prices if you need more speed and data. HughesNet plans often cost more even though you get a slower speed (25 Mbps) than you would with Viasat (which goes up to 100 Mbps).

Viasat internet prices after three months
Plan
Starting price*
Price after three months
Download speed
Data cap
Liberty 12$30.00/mo. $50.00/mo. 12 Mbps 12 GB
Liberty 25$50.00/mo. $75.00/mo. 12 Mbps 25 GB
Liberty 50$75.00/mo. $100.00/mo. 12 Mbps 50 GB
Basic 12$40.00/mo. $50.00/mo. 12 Mbps 15 GB
Unlimited Bronze 12$49.99/mo. $69.99/mo.12 Mbps 80 GB
Unlimited Silver 12$100.00/mo. $150.00/mo. 12 Mbps 45 GB
Unlimited Gold 12$150.00/mo.$200.00/mo. 12 Mbps 65 GB
Unlimited Silver 25$69.99/mo. $99.99/mo. 25 Mbps 120 GB
Unlimited Gold 30$99.99/mo.$149.99/mo. 30 Mbps 100 GB
Unlimited Gold 50$99.99/mo. $149.99/mo. 50 Mbps 200 GB
Unlimited Platinum 100$149.99/mo. $199.99/mo. 100 Mbps300 GB

Data effective 11/29/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 3 months.

But we still have to ding Viasat for this—it's one of the worst promotional price periods and worst price hikes we've seen from an internet provider. If not the worst.

Where is Viasat available?

Viasat satellite internet is available everywhere in the US—that includes all 50 states. Alaska, we're looking at you.

And while other ISPs tend to cluster their service around big cities, Viasat's satellites can reach rural and remote areas that may not have any other internet service to choose from.

But, like we mentioned, which Viasat plans are available to you depends on your location. The best way to check is to use our zip code search tool below or take a look on the Viasat site.

Find out which Viasat satellite internet plans are available in your area.

Which Viasat plan is best for you?

Depending on how often you use the internet and what you do online, some of Viasat's internet plans might be a better deal than others. Here's what we generally think each Viasat plan is best for, and we've got a couple more recommended plans below.

  • 12 Mbps: Good for one person who uses the internet to browse social media and send emails.
  • 25–30 Mbps: Good for two to three people who browse the internet, occasionally stream videos, and play role-play games on the side. This speed can also support a home security system with no cameras.
  • 50 Mbps: Good for three to four people who browse the internet, stream video, work from home, and/or game online. These speeds can also support a basic security system with no cameras.
  • 100 Mbps: Good for up to five people who browse the internet, stream video, work from home, and/or game online. This speed can support a home security system with cameras.
Can you really game on satellite internet?
Info Box

Yes and no—your gaming experience with satellite internet depends on what kind of game you're playing.

If you're lining up a shot in a first-person shooter (FPS), the latency that comes with satellite internet might be the difference between landing the shot or missing and needing a res. Find out more in our guide to gaming on satellite internet.

How do Viasat internet prices compare to HughesNet prices?

Even with the surprise price hike, Viasat’s prices for the speeds and data you get are better than HughesNet (one of the main satellite internet competitors out there). HughesNet often charges more per megabit per second than Viasat does.

Viasat (Exede) internet plans and pricing comparison
Provider
Monthly price
Download speeds
Data cap
Learn more
Viasat Internet$30$169.9912100 Mbps12150 GB
HughesNet Internet$54.99$149.9925 Mbps1575 GB
Data effective 06/17/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 3 months.
Requires 24 month agreement.

So unless you're set with HughesNet's low-data-cap plans, Viasat is often the better deal.

Take the most expensive plan for Viasat, Unlimited Platinum 100, for example. It costs the same per month (to start out, at least) as HughesNet's most expensive plan, 75 GB. But it offers a lot more download speed and data.

Viasat Unlimited Platinum 100 plan vs. HughesNet 75 GB plan
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Unlimited Platinum 100$149.99-$199.99/mo.*100 Mbps150 GB
75 GB$149.99/mo.^25 Mbps75 GB
Data effective 06/17/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Offer available to new qualifying customers. One-time standard installation fee may be due at checkout. Minimum 24-month service term required. Equipment lease fee is $12.99/mo. Taxes apply. Service is not available in all areas. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.
^ Pricing for the first 6 months. Service plans require a 24-month commitment. Pricing not available in all areas.

Let's also chat about internet speed for a moment. Sure, 25 Mbps is technically fast enough to stream even in HD, but that doesn't take into account any other connected devices or people that might use your internet too.

We're talking kiddos with tablets, home security systems, dad checking the latest football scores on his cellphone, or your partner streaming The Bachelor while you watch Family Guy reruns in the other room. Not to mention any smart gadgets you have hiding around the corner. (Shhh, don't say "Alexa" or you'll wake her up.)

Bottom line: The more devices and people using your internet, the more data and faster speeds you'll need.

Still need help figuring out what internet speed you need?
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Check out our internet speed guide for help pinpointing just how much download speed you need.

Viasat internet speed

Viasat offers some of the fastest satellite internet speeds, up to 100 Mbps

Viasat download speeds range from 12 Mbps all the way to 100 Mbps—what speed you get depends on where you live.

Viasat download speeds and upload speeds
Plan
Price
Download speed
Upload speed
Details
Liberty 12
$30.00
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Liberty 25
$50.00
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Liberty 50
$75.00
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Basic 12
$40.00
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Bronze 12
$64.99
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Silver 12
$99.99
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Gold 12
$149.99
/mo
12 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Silver 25
$84.99
/mo
25 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Gold 30
$99.99
/mo
30 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Gold 50
$119.99
/mo
50 Mbps3 Mbps
Unlimited Platinum 100
$169.99
/mo
100 Mbps3 Mbps

But even with those high-speed plans, Viasat’s still not a great option for certain online activities like gaming, Zoom and video calls, or VPNs. That's because satellite internet has high latency (measured in milliseconds, or ms), which causes what most of us call lag.

That's just the unfortunate truth thanks to the way satellite internet works. It's going to take time for your signal to travel to a satellite sitting 22,200 miles above your house.

Satellite internet isn't known for amazing upload speeds either. In fact, all of Viasat's plans cap out at a slow 3 Mbps upload speed. So if you hope to use your Viasat internet to upload large files or livestream, it's going to be a painfully sluggish experience.

On the bright side, you won’t notice latency or upload speeds as much for slower-speed internet activities, like scrolling through Instagram. Just don’t try to play Fortnite on your Viasat connection.

Just how much latency does Viasat have?
Heads Up

Typical latency for satellite internet is around 638 ms1 compared to an average of 24–42 ms with DSL internet.

Is Viasat satellite internet fast?

In terms of actual speeds, the results don't look good for Viasat—or any other satellite internet provider. Viasat ranked 37th out of 38 internet providers we analyzed in our latest list of the fastest ISPs. The only other satellite provider we analyzed, HughesNet, ranked 36th.

Just a note: these low rankings are likely due to how we weighted our scores. We take into account download speeds, upload speeds, and latency for each ISP. That leaves satellite internet at a huge disadvantage, since it has slow download and upload speeds, plus high latency when compared to DSL, cable, and fiber internet.

Viasat internet speed scores
Provider
Overall rank
Satellite and fixed wireless ISP rank

Viasat

37th out of 38 ISPs

5th out of 6 ISPs

By comparison, HughesNet was 36th out of 38 ISPs overall in our analysis. But some of the differences in speeds between these two satellite ISPs could come down to the fact that some Viasat plans offer 12 Mbps speeds, while HughesNet offers only 25 Mbps plans.

Here's a look at how Viasat's speed scores compare to HughesNet, CenturyLink (a DSL provider), and NextLink Broadband (a fixed wireless provider).

Viasat internet speed scores compared to CenturyLink, NextLink, and HughesNet
Provider
Overall rank
Weighted score
Download speed range
CenturyLink

28th out of 38 ISPs

20.2 out of 100

15–940 Mbps

NextLink Broadband34th out of 38 ISPs 9.5 out of 100 10–100 Mbps
HughesNet36th out of 38 ISPs 6.6 out of 100 25 Mbps
Viasat37th out of 38 ISPs5 out of 100 12–100 Mbps

This table makes it pretty clear why we tend to recommend DSL over satellite if you can get it. But keep in mind that some DSL providers may not offer speeds as fast as CenturyLink—and might be slower than even satellite internet.

Bottom line: Based on what we've heard and what we know about the technology, we think it's best to temper your expectations when it comes to satellite internet speeds. And if your connection keeps sputtering out, try some of these tips to speed up your satellite internet before you hop on a call with customer service.

Data caps

Viasat’s Liberty plans come with 12 to 50 GB of data, while its Unlimited plans come with 45 to 300 GB of “high-speed” data.

Let's take a look at the Liberty plan data caps first.

Viasat Liberty internet data caps
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Liberty 12
$30.00
/mo
12 Mbps12 GB
Liberty 25
$50.00
/mo
12 Mbps25 GB
Liberty 50
$75.00
/mo
12 Mbps50 GB

If you use up all your data on a Liberty plan, you can buy more or suffer through the 1990s version of web browsing with download speeds of 1 to 5 Mbps. But you can buy more data for your Liberty plan.

And what about Viasat's Unlimited plans? The Unlimited plans technically give you unlimited data, but that doesn't mean you get unlimited high-speed data. Depending on which plan you have, you'll get 45 to 300 GB of data that lets you connect to the internet at (or near) the download speed your plan advertises.

But if you go past your data threshold, your speeds could drop to 1 to 5 Mbps during times when there's a lot of internet traffic. You also can't add data to a Viasat Unlimited plan. (Frustrating, we know.)

Viasat Unlimited internet data caps
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Unlimited Bronze 12
$64.99
/mo
12 Mbps35 GB
Unlimited Silver 12
$99.99
/mo
12 Mbps45 GB
Unlimited Gold 12
$149.99
/mo
12 Mbps65 GB
Unlimited Silver 25
$84.99
/mo
25 Mbps60 GB
Unlimited Gold 30
$99.99
/mo
30 Mbps100 GB
Unlimited Gold 50
$119.99
/mo
50 Mbps100 GB
Unlimited Platinum 100
$169.99
/mo
100 Mbps150 GB
Can you stream 4K videos with Viasat?
Info Box

Even if you have a 4K TV, you probably won’t be able to stream shows in 4K resolution over a satellite internet connection. Viasat automatically adjusts video resolution to reduce the amount of data you use.

Find out more about how streaming on satellite internet works in our guide.

How to monitor your Viasat data

If you want to save your data, you can do things to use less data, like stream in standard definition (SD) or use Viasat’s own web browser.

You can also keep track of your data usage using Viasat’s app, which you can download in either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Contracts, equipment, and fees

Viasat internet requires a 2-year contract, and some of its fees add up quick

Viasat internet comes with a 2-year contract,3 unless you choose its no-contract option. But beware: To get rid of your Viasat contract, you'll need to fork over $500 up front.4 (That $500 is also not refundable.) Talk about a hit to the wallet.

If you plan on keeping your internet for at least two years, then we recommend just going with the contract. There’s no need to pay half a grand just to be off the legal hook if you do decide to cancel your service.

Equipment

Your Viasat internet uses a satellite dish and a modem. A professional technician has to install both those things, and that technician will probably be from a third-party contractor.

As for the equipment price, that depends on whether you choose a monthly lease or a lifetime lease.

  • Viasat equipment rental fee: $12.99/mo.
  • Lifetime lease price: $299.99 one-time fee

By the way, it would take almost 24 months for the cost of the lifetime lease to make the one-time payment worth it.

But if you can afford the up-front cost, it might be worth it. Especially if you plan to keep your service for longer than two years.

Viasat modem or gateway

You can use your own router with Viasat, or you can grab the ISP's WiFi Gateway. The gateway acts as both a modem and a router, which is great for connecting multiple devices to the internet through Wi-Fi or with an Ethernet cable.

Viasat's gateway also acts as a voice adapter. So if you have Viasat voice service, you don't need an additional adapter connected to your phone. Decluttering? Marie Kondo would be proud.

Viasat satellite internet installation

Plan on the Viasat installation process taking two or three hours. The technician’s exact arrival time can be here or there, so we’d say just take that whole day off if you can.

When the technician gets there, they’ll attach the satellite dish to your roof (or a wall) and make sure it’s pointed in the right direction so it can communicate with the orbiting satellite. Once the technician finishes installing the dish and your modem, you’ll be good to go.

Service fees

What’s internet without service fees? Here’s a quick look at what fees Viasat might have in store for you.

  • Installation fee: $99.99, but if you’re a new Viasat customer, you should ask about free installation
  • Late or unreturned equipment fee: $300.00
  • Early termination fee: $15.00 per month for every month left on your contract
  • Service call fee: $95.00 if a technician needs to visit your home (unless you enroll in EasyCare)
  • Dish relocation fee: $200.00 and must be at the same address

Viasat EasyCare program

If you want to avoid paying the $95 fee for a service visit, you might consider enrolling in the EasyCare program.

EasyCare costs $8.99 a month, and it offers these perks:

  • Service calls: No $95 fee for any visits from a technician
  • Priority customer support: You'll get access to a special customer support phone number
  • Satellite receiver relocation: Need to relocate your dish? You can move it once a year for $95 (normally it costs $200)

Also, if you're a new Viasat customer, your first 90 days of EasyCare are free.

Customer service

Need to reach Viasat customer service? Call 1-833-242-1877

While Viasat's advertised speeds stand out among other satellite internet providers, its customer service isn't outstanding. Which is to say internet service providers as a whole have some work to do when it comes to taking care of us.

Viasat didn’t earn a specific rating from the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report. But we can look at the report’s “All Others” rating to get a general idea of how good (or not good) Viasat’s customer service is.

Viasat internet customer service rating5
Rating
Score

ACSI 2019–2020 rating

64 out of 100 ("All Others")

To put that in a bit of perspective, the lowest-scoring ISP earned 55 out of 100, and the highest-scoring ISP earned 73 out of 100. So that lands Viasat smack-dab in the middle.

If you look up Viasat or even Exede internet reviews (since some of us still refer to it as "Exede"), you'll notice that a lot of Viasat customers aren't happy campers. Many complain they don't get the speed they paid for, among other things.

Jeff from Dubuque, Iowa, got stuck with slow internet on game night. Needless to say, he was frustrated. "Tonight I am trying to watch some college football and I can't even connect to Hulu," he said. "I ran an internet speed test and it says I have 0.23 mbps download speeds. I have run it multiple times and the highest I got is 0.38 mbps."2

If your Viasat internet is sputtering along too, there are a few things you can try to speed things up before you ring up customer service.

Need help with your Viasat internet?
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Before you call customer service, check out our troubleshooting guide if your Viasat internet isn't working. Or try our tips for speeding up your satellite internet. If we can save you the time it takes to call and get help, we'll call it a job well done.

If you do need to get a hold of a Viasat service rep, take a peek at these customer service tips before you call. They might help keep you from pulling your hair out.

Here's how you can get a hold of Viasat customer service:

How do you cancel your Viasat internet service?

To cancel your Viasat service, call customer service at 1-833-242-1877 to tell them you want to cancel your service, return any leased equipment (TRIA and modem), and pay your early termination fee.

Speaking of your early termination fee, you might be in for a rude awakening here. Most Viasat contracts are two years long, and if you cancel before your contract is up, you'll pay $15 for every month left on your contract. Yee-owch.

Summed up, here's what you'll need to do to cancel your Viasat service:

  1. Call Viasat customer service at 1-833-242-1877 and tell them you'd like to cancel.
  2. Return your leased modem, power cord, and the TRIA off your satellite dish outside within 30 days. (The TRIA looks like a small box that sits inside the dish.) You don't need to return your satellite dish or the mounting brackets. If you don't return your leased equipment within 30 days, you'll be charged $150 for an unreturned modem and $150 for an unreturned TRIA. That's a possible $300 whammy on your wallet.
  3. Pay your early termination fee if you canceled before your contract was up. This will cost you $15 for each month left on your service contract.

Is Viasat satellite internet any good?

Viasat is our first choice of satellite internet providers thanks to its fast max speeds of 100 Mbps and large data caps that go up to 300 GB. But that speed and data comes at a high price.

  • Prices and plans: Viasat has a better price than HughesNet if you need more speed and more data. But if you're good with bare-minimum speeds and data, give HughesNet a good look.
  • Speed: Viasat's max advertised speed of 100 Mbps is one of the fastest download speeds you can get from satellite internet. But whether you actually get those internet speeds is another story.
  • Data caps: You'll get up to 300 GB of data per billing cycle with Viasat, but you can't add data to the Unlimited plans. Liberty plans, on the other hand, have smaller data caps but you can purchase data tokens for them.
  • Contracts, equipment, and fees: The price to ditch Viasat's 2-year contract ($500) is a bit outrageous, and fees for installation, dish relocation, and even service calls can add up fast.
  • Customer service: No ISP is known for excellent customer service, so take a deep breath before you call your Viasat rep.

We think Viasat is a good fit for the following types of people:

  • Anyone who can't get DSL, cable, or fiber internet
  • Those who use the internet mainly for email and web browsing

And on the other hand, here's who probably won't like Viasat:

  • Anyone sharing internet with a lot of other people
  • Families who stream lots of videos, game, or use video chat software like Zoom
  • Anyone who can get a DSL plan with fast speeds—or cable or fiber internet

In the end, your Viasat download speeds are probably zippier than dial-up. So keep using those AOL CDs as DIY art installations.

Viasat internet plans recap

Data effective 5/20/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*Promotional price is for the first 3 months. Regular internet rate applies after 3 months.
**Promotional price is for the first 3 months. Regular internet rate applies after 3 months. one-time installation fee may apply. Equipment lease fee is $12.99/mo. Taxes apply. Minimum 24 month service term required.

Viasat FAQ

Still have questions about Viasat satellite internet? Let's see if we can help.

Are Viasat, Exede, and Earthink all the same company? What is Viasat?

Yes, Viasat and Exede are the same satellite internet company. 

EarthLink satellite internet however is powered by Viasat, as well as AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier. Customers have the option to use EarthLink to get service from major internet service providers without having to deal directly with them.

Monitor your bills after company name changes
Heads Up

As with any company name changes, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly bills to make sure you're not double charged by your provider under both the new name and the old name. One Viasat customer noted they were charged for both WildBlue and Exede service back in the day. Yipes!

How much does Viasat cost per month?

Viasat internet costs anywhere from $30.00 to $149.99 a month for your first three months, and after that it costs $50.00 to $200.00 per month. That doesn't include your equipment rental fee ($12.99 a month) or any additional services.

Is Viasat really unlimited?

Technically, yes, Viasat's Unlimited plans offer you unlimited data. What changes if you go over the listed data "soft cap" is your internet speed.

How slow is Viasat after you reach your data cap?

With a Viasat Liberty plan, your internet speed will drop to 1–5 Mbps at all times if you go over your data cap. If you're on an Unlimited plan, you might still see speeds of 1–5 Mbps during times when a lot of other people are using the internet once you go over your high-speed data allowance. Otherwise, the Unlimited plans' speeds stay the same.

The nice thing about the Liberty plans is that you can add data. On the other hand, Viasat Unlimited plans won't let you pay for more data.

Does Viasat require a phone line?

No, you don't need a phone line for Viasat satellite internet service, even if you sign up for Viasat Voice phone service. That's because the Voice service uses voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology instead of a phone line.

That said, Viasat now offers a Flex plan that combines satellite internet with DSL internet—and DSL internet travels over phone lines. So to get Viasat Flex (and potentially better internet speeds), you'll need a phone line.

Why is my Viasat internet slow?

More than likely, your satellite internet is chugging along slower than usual if you've gone over your data cap for the month. But problems with your satellite dish, cables, or modem could also be to blame.

That said, satellite internet isn't known as the speediest internet connection on the block.

Even Viasat's "unlimited" data plans come with a data cap. You'll still get to browse the web, but your speeds will slow down to 5 or even 1 Mbps. That is slow. We cover Viasat's data caps and slowed speeds in our guide to Viasat data.

If you're still under your data cap for the month, you might want to update your modem's and router's firmware, then take a look outside at your cables and satellite dish. We'll walk you through what to look for in our tips for speeding up your satellite internet.

Is Viasat affected by the weather?

Yes, satellite internet service like Viasat can be affected by bad weather since your network connection travels through the air. That means you might have connection issues if you've got a big thunderstorm, snowstorm, or even dust storm rolling through.

Even fog and humid weather can technically disrupt your satellite internet signal, but Viasat claims that light rain or dry snow shouldn't affect your service.

Is Viasat good for Netflix?

Yes, Viasat is good for streaming your favorite shows on Netflix. You'll just want to be aware of your monthly data cap—you can limit your data usage by streaming in standard definition (SD).

Still not sure about streaming Netflix with Viasat? We've got more helpful details on streaming with satellite internet.

Can I pause my Viasat internet service at a secondary home?

If you split your time between a summer home and a winter home, first off, lucky you! We'd have done anything to escape those nasty Midwest winters when we lived in Wisconsin . . .

Ahem, but if you have Viasat internet installed at a home that you live in only part of the year, you can opt for the Hibernation plan. You'll need to be a Viasat customer using one of its eligible plans for at least one month before you can enroll, but after that it costs $9.99 a month to keep your Viasat service active while you're away. Here are a few more details you should know:

  • Call Viasat at 1-833-242-1877 to switch your service into hibernation or wake it up from hibernation
  • Costs $9.99 a month plus your monthly equipment fee and any other Viasat services
  • Suspend your service for 2–6 months, up to a total of 6 months in any 12-month period
  • Make sure you've finished up any tasks that require internet before you call! Viasat says your service turns off immediately after you hang up the phone
  • Your internet access is blocked while on the Hibernation plan, but if you have Viasat Voice service, you can continue to use it

Can you cancel Viasat internet service?

Yes, you can absolutely cancel your Viasat service by calling 1-833-242-1877 and letting the customer service rep know you want to cancel. Just be aware that you'll need to return any leased equipment and potentially pay an early termination fee (ETF). The ETF is $15 for each month you have left on your 2-year contract.

Sources

Catherine McNally
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Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

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