HughesNet®

How It Works

How does Hughes provide Internet via satellite?
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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). Because Internet via satellite is so technologically advanced, this distance hardly makes a difference, even with rural Internet connections. 

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Step 2

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

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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. Although the signal travels a great distance, there is only a fraction of a second delay during this transmission. This is similar to delay you may have experienced when using a cell phone. In most cases, latency isn't apparent while surfing online. Once technology is set up in your home connecting to the Internet via satellite is simple.

Coverage Areas
United States
The wait is over! HughesNet® Gen5 is available where you live today, even where fiber and cable Internet are not. HughesNet Gen5 lets you do more of everything you love, wherever you live in contiguous United States, including Alaska! As long as you have a clear view of the Southern sky, you have access faster speeds, more data, and built-in Wi-Fi. Live where you love and still stay connected!
Alaska
HughesNet is available in Alaska wherever you have a clear view of the Southern sky! Click "LEARN MORE" to get started.
SmartTechnologies

HughesNet® Gen5 leverages decades of experience in satellite technology and service with SmartTechnologies™, revolutionary service enhancements that let customers do more of what they want online without interruptions or running over monthly data allowances. 

Features include:

  • Shrinking Web data by up to 30% - so you can do more online and download more content, while using less of your data.

  • Pre-fetching bits and pieces that make up a Web page, so your Web pages load faster.

  • Tools like the Usage Meter and Data tokens allow you to monitor data and add more to your plan if needed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a satellite Internet connection 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). Because Internet via satellite is so technologically advanced, this...
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Why should I choose HughesNet Gen5?

HughesNet® Gen5 is the 5th generation of satellite Internet. With HughesNet Gen5, Hughes has fundamentally re-imagined what satellite Internet can be, bringing customers more of everything they want: faster speeds, more data, and built-in Wi-Fi. HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet. In its 2016 Broadband in America report, the Fe...
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Does HughesNet Gen5 come with built-in Wi-Fi?

Yes! HughesNet Gen5 now comes with built-in Wi-Fi so you can connect your wireless devices at home. The HughesNet Wi-Fi Modem features the latest Wi-Fi standards and technology (dual-band 802.11ac) to deliver fast, secure wireless connectivity, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for incredible speeds and excellent coverage. It also has separate guest Wi-Fi for visi...
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What is included with a professional installation?

1) The HughesNet professional installer with install the HughesNet Wi-Fi Modem (with power supply) and will connect 2 devices, such as: a. desktop computer (connected to modem with a HughesNet supplied LAN cable) b. laptop c. tablet (Apple iPad, etc.) d. Smartphone You can ask your installer to connect additional devices like home networks at an ad...
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What is HughesNet?

HughesNet® is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet with over 1 million subscribers. HughesNet uses satellite technology to give you a super-fast, always-on Internet connection and is available everywhere, even in areas with slow or no high-speed options.
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