Can You Work from Home with Satellite Internet?

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Scrolling through spreadsheets in your PJs, working with your dog at your side, and avoiding rush hour commutes are just some of the upsides of working at home, a practice that is becoming more and more commonplace. Across industries, employers are allowing long-term work-from-home plans, whether in hybrid schedules or completely remote positions. Offering flexibility so everyone can work how they want, the movement toward working from home is a wave plenty of people want to ride. Many Americans living in areas where cable and fiber are not available have questioned whether they can support remote work on their home network. So, can you work from home with satellite internet? The answer is a resounding yes!

Keeping you Connected

With satellite internet access, you can use all the apps and services you need to do your job from the comfort of your home. Activities like sending emails, checking analytics, or managing social media can all be done seamlessly with a satellite connection. Collaborative applications like Google Suite work well with Hughesnet®. More demanding online activities are still possible on a satellite signal, albeit with some considerations: 

  • Does satellite internet work with VPN? Yes, although it works better with some types than others. For cloud-based VPNs like Google Docs and Microsoft 365, satellite internet is powerful enough to provide great performance. For tunnel-based VPNs where you sign into a VPN application to access your work network directly, users can expect a speed reduction anywhere from 50-70%. 
  • Can I use video conferencing programs? Yes, satellite internet can connect to video conferencing services like Zoom or Google Meet. To preserve data consumption, you may want to turn off video, however. 

Hughesnet Plans for Every Need

For those who work from home, Hughesnet small business plans** may be ideal. These plans include more monthly data*** than residential plans, up to 250 GB, and prioritize daytime use between the hours of 8am - 6pm when most people work from home. No matter your professional circumstances, Hughesnet has a plan to help you connect for success.