How Does Satellite Internet Work?

How does Hughesnet work?

Step 1: A request for a Web page is sent from your computer to a satellite about 22,000 miles out in space. At this altitude, the satellite's period of rotation (24 hours) matches the Earth's, and the satellite always remains in the same spot over the Earth (geosynchronous orbit). 

Step 2: The satellite contacts the Hughes Network Operations Center (NOC) which locates the specific Website you have requested. 

Step 3: The Website beams the information back along the same path to the NOC, then to the satellite, and then to your computer through your Hughesnet® dish and modem. 

how traditional satellite internet works
Fusion How it Works

How satellite and wireless work together

With satellite internet, requests travel a long distance from your device to a satellite and back. This distance causes a slight delay known as latency. This delay doesn't impact most online activities but is noticeable when watching videos, browsing content-rich sites and video conferencing.

Hughesnet Fusion® plans combine satellite and wireless technologies to provide a low-latency internet experience. Using multipath technology, Fusion plans offer a fast and responsive experience with added reliability.


Learn more about your Hughesnet satellite internet options.