Understanding HughesNet Internet Speeds
HughesNet® High Speed Satellite internet provides a
high-speed alternative to slow dial-up internet services in the US. HughesNet Gen5 plans are built to match a wide variety of lifestyles and needs. HughesNet plans offer upload speeds 3 Mbps and download speeds of 25 Mbps1.
For more information on HughesNet plans visit our HughesNet Gen5 Plans Page.
How fast is HughesNet High Speed Satellite Internet in your home?
HughesNet speeds are dependent on a variety of different factors. If you are using the internet within peak hours, you may see some slowdown in uploads and downloads speeds. This is because more people are using satellite internet connection. You will see higher internet speeds during non-peak hours, which is normally later in the afternoon or at late night.
What are some other reasons for slowdowns?
Upload and download speeds are consistent with your Satellite Internet Plan. If you are experiencing slowdowns it may be caused by a variety of different factors.
Some factors of HughesNet Speeds are but not limited to:
- Router location in proportion to device
- Amount of concurrent users
- Network congestion
- Website you are accessing
- Debris or dust near or on your satellite receiver
- Computer or mobile device settings
- Web browser configuration and plugins
What is the latency with HughesNet?
Data latency refers to the time it takes data to travel to across a network. Satellite Internet networks will have a greater latency due to the time it takes for the data to travel to and from the satellite, as well as to and from the host server. The average distance between your home and the communication satellites is over 22,000 miles; with this HughesNet Satellite Internet equates out to have a half-a-second of latency.
For more information on how this affects online games with HughesNet visit our Gaming with HughesNet Page.
Is HughesNet faster than Dial-up internet?
Compared to the standard dial-up plans which can offer download speeds of 56 Kbps (1000 Kbps equals 1 Mbps), HughesNet Internet is light years ahead. For example the Choice Plan offers a download speed of 5 Mbps, and with that a full music album download takes just 4 minutes, if on a dial-up plan that would take around 7 hours.
What happens if I use all my service plan data before the end of the month?
If you use all of your service plan data, don’t worry! With HughesNet Gen5, there are no hard data limits meaning if you go over, your Internet service will not turn off and will run with speeds up to 3 Mbps2. If you crave faster speeds than 3 Mbps, you do have the option to purchase Data Tokens.
For more information on Data Tokens on HughesNet visit our HughesNet Tools Page.