Cloud cover and light rain or snow do not typically have any effect on Viasat satellite internet. Severe thunderstorms with thick dark clouds or very heavy snowstorms may cause temporary internet outages.
If you lose your internet connection due to heavy clouds, you can expect your internet service to be restored automatically once weather improves. Internet service interruptions due to clouds typically don’t last much more than 20 minutes at the time because storm clouds tend to pass quickly.
Should you lose internet service during a severe storm, thick dark clouds are more likely to be the culprit than high winds. Viasat satellite internet is designed to withstands winds up to 60 miles per hour.
The good news about clouds and Viasat satellite internet is that you are more likely to have slow internet service during a severe storm than you are to have no internet service at all!
Do Clouds Affect Viasat Reliability?
Viasat satellite dishes are built to adapt to the heavy cloud cover often seen during adverse weather events. The TRIA (Transmit-Receive Integrated Assembly) on the satellite dish arm increases power to push through thick clouds and improve internet performance.
The cloud cover of a typical rainy day should have no effect on your Viasat satellite internet service. If you find yourself with an intermittent internet signal on cloudy days, you should call Viasat and request a service visit from a Viasat technician. An intermittent or fading signal often indicates your satellite dish is not aligned properly with the Viasat satellite. A Viasat technician will realign or move your satellite dish to restore signal integrity and keep you online during most adverse weather. Cloudy days should not be a problem with Viasat internet service.