Why is Viasat internet so slow?
Viasat has remarkably improved its bandwidth technology, and it can now reach speeds as high as 100 Mbps. That’s plenty fast for most families.
But Viasat users still experience slowness in the form of latency—the round-trip time it takes for information to go from you to the internet and back to your computer.
Every time you click on a new web link, that request has to go to Viasat’s satellite in outer space, then down to its network operation center. The info you requested then has to go up to the satellite and down to your house.
This journey is an incredible undertaking, so it’s a massive feat of human ingenuity that your latency can be counted in only milliseconds. But with that much latency, we don’t recommend satellite internet for online gaming.
Is Viasat good for Netflix?
Viasat can be a good option for Netflix, but you have to be careful not to use all your data. Set your Netflix quality to Medium (this will look as good as a VHS), and you’ll use only 0.7 GB per hour. But if you want to watch lots of Netflix, pick a Viasat plan with plenty of data.
If you go with the smallest Viasat plan, Liberty 12, you’ll have 12 GB data each month, which means you could watch only 17 hours of Netflix before your internet speed slows dramatically.
But on Ultimate Platinum 100, you have 150 GB. Each month, you could watch 214 hours of Netflix before you see any slowing—about 7 hours a day.
Of course, if you do things on the internet other than watch Netflix, you could run out of data sooner. Viewing pictures, checking email, and visiting web pages uses your data too. With Viasat, you have to be as miserly with your data as Scrooge McDuck with his mountain of gold.
To learn more, check out our article on the best internet for watching Netflix.
Is Viasat really unlimited?
Because Viasat won’t charge you or cut off your internet usage entirely when you go over your allocated data, Viasat plans are considered unlimited. But once you hit your data cap, you’re likely to notice your download speeds become starkly slower.
Viasat won’t prioritize your internet usage again until the next month, so other users who haven’t hit their data caps will get to cut ahead of you. But slow internet is still internet, and it will be handy to have in an emergency. It just might not be as fun to stream TV while it spends a long time buffering.