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Your Guide to Viasat Installation

What to expect when you sign up for Viasat

Viasat, like most satellite internet providers, requires professional installation: A technician comes out to your home to set up your equipment. Since this involves climbing on rooftops and aligning sensitive equipment, we kinda think that’s for the best. Let’s walk through the process so you know what to expect on the day of your installation.


Viasat is typically able to have a technician install your equipment at your home within 3–5 days. On the day of your installation, the technician will arrive with the satellite dish, Viasat router, coaxial cable, and any tools and additional equipment they might need. The technician will do a site survey of your home to determine the possible locations for installation. It’s important to make sure that you communicate with your installer during this process to ensure that you end up with your equipment in a location that works for you.

Where do they put the dish?

Viasat’s technicians help select the best placement for your satellite dish. The main factors affecting your dish placement are where you can get a clear signal and where you want to put your router (like near a home office or another centrally located room). The dish must face south and have a clear view of the sky, unobstructed by trees or buildings. It also can’t be mounted too close to power lines and electrical boxes, so you might have to be flexible with your router placement.

Viasat has a number of different mounts, allowing for dish placement on your roof, the side of your house, or even the top of a secure, freestanding pole placed near the house.

You should make sure to discuss the dish placement with your technician. Depending on your house and its surroundings, there might be several options, or there might be one location that works best. Also talk to your technician about where you want the cable from the dish to enter the house to reduce the amount of cable from the dish to the entry point, as well as to make sure you can put your router where you want.

What happens on the outside?

Once the technician has properly mounted the dish and aligned it with the satellite, they run a cable down the side of your house to the point where it passes inside. Viasat cable runs should be neat and professional, following the lines of the house.

To bring the signal inside your house, the technician drills a small hole to run a cable inside. You want the cable to enter the house in the same room where you want your router setup. There’s a limit to how much cable they can run, so you might have to choose a room closer to the dish.

What happens on the inside?

From the entry point in your wall, the cable can now be connected to your Viasat router. The technician should make sure your service is active and get your router running.

With your router up and running, you can start connecting your devices to your home network.

The Bottom Line

There are both pros and cons to Viasat internet, but when it comes to the installation process,  Viasat puts in a lot of effort, and it shows.

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Viasat Installation FAQ

Can I self-install Viasat?

No, Viasat plans require professional installation in order to make sure that the dish is properly aligned.

How big is a Viasat dish?

The satellite dish for Viasat is about 30 in. x 28 in.

How long does a Viasat install take?

It typically takes 2–3 hours to install Viasat internet at your home.

Will the satellite dish damage my house?

During installation, the satellite dish mount has to be screwed directly into the side or the roof of your house, and the technician also has to drill a small hole in your outside wall to pass the cable inside. Other than these small holes, there should be no damage to your house.

Is there an option to put the dish somewhere else on my property other than on my house?

Yes, Viasat gives you the option of mounting the dish on a secure pole in your yard. The location must still have an unobstructed view of the southern sky and close enough to your house that the coaxial cable connecting the dish to the router inside the house doesn’t exceed its maximum length. Be sure to talk with your technician to find the location that works best for you.

Author -

Peter Christiansen writes about satellite internet, rural connectivity, livestreaming, and parental controls for Peter holds a PhD in communication from the University of Utah and has been working in tech for over 15 years as a computer programmer, game developer, filmmaker, and writer. His writing has been praised by outlets like Wired, Digital Humanities Now, and the New Statesman.

Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.

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