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Understanding Hughesnet Satellite Internet Speeds

Much of rural America is still struggling with extremely slow and outdated dial-up internet. In fact, 10% of the population lacks access to a high-speed broadband connection. Luckily, Hughesnet satellite internet plans are a great alternative! Satellite internet allows people to get high-speed internet in rural areas.

Take advantage of the Hughesnet speed test and compare your results to the table below. Chances are, your internet speeds could use an improvement. Hughesnet internet plans offer download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 5 Mbps1!


See How Your Internet Speeds Stacks Up to Hughesnet Internet

Speed Good For Time for a 250MB File Download
Dial-Up (56 kbps) Checking e-mail and light Googling. 10.5 Hours
3 Mbps General web surfing, e-mail, light social media use. 11.5 Minutes
10 Mbps Non-HD video streaming, music streaming, small file sharing, video conferencing. 3.5 Minutes
15 Mbps Single users streaming high-quality HD video, online gaming, quick downloads. 2.5 Minutes
25 Mbps Multiple users in a household streaming HD video, multiple connected devices, fast downloads. 1.5 Minutes
50 Mbps Variety of devices using the connection at the same time, two devices streaming at once, downloads while others are using the signal. 40 Seconds
100 Mbps Great connection for just about anything, dedicated guest network, multiple download sources. 20 Seconds

What Your Internet Speed Test Results Mean

Mbps stands for Megabits per second and is used to describe the amount of bandwidth that a network can transfer at any given time. Basically, a higher Mbps internet connection can handle more data and will provide faster speeds. Remember, the same impressive Hughesnet speeds are available on all plans, no matter what you pay!

Download speeds describe how fast you can pull data from the web server to your device. This number is the most important to consider since the majority of online activity involves downloading. Hughesnet’s fast download speeds allow for fast web page loading and smooth, high-quality video streaming.

Upload speeds measure how fast you can send data to other computers. This is used when you send an e-mail attachment, post pictures on Facebook, or use a video chat service such as Skype. Hughesnet’s 5 Mbps upload speeds provide fast file uploads and a seamless video chat experience.

Finally, ping time measures the latency or delay in your connection. When latency is high, it will take longer for you to begin a data transfer, such as loading a web page.

What is The Latency with Hughesnet Satellite Internet?

Internet latency is mainly a concern for people who want to play real-time video games online. These games require fast-paced inputs and immediate responses such as first-person shooters and online fighting games.

The important thing to remember is that latency will not affect the majority of online activities that you love! Watching Netflix, browsing the internet, or sharing photos on social media will be fast and seamless with Hughesnet, no matter what the latency is.

With satellite internet, data must travel to and from the satellite as well as to and from the web server. The average distance between your home and the satellite is over 22,000 miles, so some latency is unavoidable. With Hughesnet satellite internet you can expect about half a second of latency.

However, Hughesnet Fusion plans combine the best in satellite internet and wireless technology to provide a high-speed internet signal with significantly lower latency is available with Hughesnet. Hughesnet Fusion using multipath technology that connects to both wireless data and satellite data, which means your service will seem even quicker and more responsive – letting you do even more with your connection! If you’re interested in learning more about gaming on Hughesnet, check out our Gaming with Hughesnet page to learn more. Or, if you’d like to hear more about low-latency internet with Hughesnet Fusion, check out our full Hughesnet Fusion page today!

How to Maximize Your Hughesnet Internet Speeds

With Hughesnet high-speed satellite internet you can get up to 100 Mbps1 download speeds. However, the actual internet speeds your experience are dependent on a variety of factors. Things that may contribute to slower Hughesnet speeds include:

  • Poor router location
  • Multiple users on your network
  • Wi-Fi interference from other devices
  • Debris or dust near satellite receiver
  • Network congestion during peak times

Place your router centrally, preferably elevated, to provide an unobstructed connection with your devices. Multiple people in your home streaming HD video or downloading large files will bog down your connection. Make sure you have a password on your Wi-Fi to prevent neighbors from contributing to slow speeds.

Other devices in your home, such as garage door openers or microwaves, may be interfering with the Wi-Fi connection between your modem and your devices. To avoid this, connect devices that are close to your modem to the 5 GHz network. You can also try resetting your network by rebooting your modem.

What Happens to Hughesnet Speeds When I Run Out of Data?

Thankfully, all Hughesnet satellite internet plans offer unlimited data8, so you never have to be worried about being disconnected. With Hughesnet, you can use the internet however you’d like, without the threat of getting completely disconnected.

Depending on which plan you sign up for, you’re household is allotted a certain amount of priority data to use. When you hit the end of that data, you’ll still have a strong internet connect to use for anything you may need, but if you want to be connected to additional priority data, you can purchase additional data tokens. You can always see how much priority data you have, and have used, directly on the Hughesnet Mobile App.

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Videos, music, pictures—with Hughesnet internet you get a huge amount of priority data, so you’re free to explore more of what the internet has to offer. Plus, there is unlimited data!8

Affordable Plans

Hughesnet offers a variety of affordable internet plans that are built to suit any budget, and are available where you live today, even in areas with slow or no high-speed options!

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