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There is no denying the fact satellite internet service does not offer the fastest internet speed. But if you live in an area where other high-speed internet options like DSL, cable and fixed wireless are unavailable, satellite internet is the only viable solution.

A HughesNet satellite internet plan with its 25/3 Mbps speeds is thus a life-saver. It lets you conduct all standard everyday online activities with relative ease. Browsing the web and social media platforms, emails, online class, office work, video chatting, video streaming, and Strategy & “turn-based” online gaming. All that can be supported by HughesNet Gen5 speeds, which meet the FCC benchmark for broadband internet.

What Makes HughesNet Internet Slow Down

While satellite internet has its inherent pros, like coast-to-coast availability, it does have its intrinsic cons as well. For instance to enjoy the best connectivity you must have a line-of-sight connection with the ISP’s network. Which also implies when the weather conditions are severe, your HughesNet satellite internet connection will be exposed and vulnerable. After all, the signal has to run back and forth a distance of over 22,000 miles between the earth and the satellite in its geosynchronous orbit.

With that said, not all factors causing your HughesNet connection to run down are external, or linked to the ISP’s network infrastructure. Quite irrespective of how good a repute HughesNet carries for delivering the advertised speeds, it is likely at times you’d struggle with a slow connection. Simply because something maybe amiss with one or more of the techy bits and bobs involved with delivering internet to your devices.

The good thing is HughesNet offers around the clock support, and plenty of online resources to help you troubleshoot issues. So, if you have determined via a speed test conducted at different times of the day, the average speed of your HughesNet Internet connection is not in the desirable range, we recommend you test out a few simple tips and tricks, and see if your HughesNet Gen5 internet speeds up. 

Speed up HughesNet Internet with Simple Tips & Tricks

Examine the Satellite Dish and Cables  

Needless to say, you are likely to struggle with slow internet speeds when the weather gets wild. Bad weather conditions like snow, heavy rainfall, and thunderstorms can affect the signals. But at times it may just be snow piled up on the satellite dish in your yard or on the roof.

Step outside, and check if the satellite antenna is clear of snow deposits. And, while you’re at it, try clearing away any debris or grime on the dish. Make sure there are no chips, cracks or other damage to it.

Moreover it’s important the cables connected to your dish are not loose. Loosely connected cable lines can easily cause problems with your internet. In case you find any broken or chewed up wires connecting the dish to the modem inside the house, get these changed as soon as possible.

Please be extra careful with the examination of the satellite dish if it is on the rooftop. Your own safety comes first.

Reposition Your Satellite Dish  

If you live in North America, the satellite receiver would point to the southern sky. Chances are, HughesNet set up your satellite dish in the right direction, but high winds or storms caused it to move out of the line-of-sight. If this is the case, consider speaking to HughesNet Customer Service so a professional could visit and reposition the satellite dish for you.

Wondering why we recommended calling in a professional? Well, only a HughesNet technician would know how to configure the orientation of the dish in line with the coordinates, so you are able to receive an optimized signal.

Reboot Your Satellite Modem

When looking for culprits causing a slow connection, the satellite wireless modem which you must have received included in the HughesNet Gen5 plan, is your next stop. HughesNet provides you with a modem that is technologically advanced and features the latest WiFi standards. It is dual band, supports fast speeds and multiple devices, and gives you good coverage around the house.

But, as with any other piece of equipment, when it keeps working day-in-day-out for hours on end, it could be in need of a short break and a quick reboot. Obvious at it is, “the reboot trick” is known to work “miracles” in the world of techy devices. So, go ahead and unplug your satellite modem from the power source. Allow it to “cool down” for a minute or so, before you plug the power cord back into the modem and connect it to the power outlet. Often, there is a small bug or another error which gets eliminated by power cycling the device, and the modem gets back to work with a fresh and clean memory slate.

Reposition Your Satellite Modem

One of the fundamentals of dealing with wireless modems is that you allow these devices to sit in a healthy environment. Make sure the modem is not placed at the floor level or in a space that is surrounded by brick and concrete walls and many electronic gadgets. You would not want any such obstructions to stand in the way of the WiFi signal from the modem. Open up the space, and allow for the signal to travel better so you can enjoy a stronger and faster WiFi connection.

Get a Hughes WiFi Booster

WiFi range extenders present a great solution when it comes to extending the range of the signal from your wireless modem or router. You’ll be amazed to see how by incorporating a range extender or signal booster you can help kill dead or slow zones around the house.

Use the HughesNet WiFi Mobile app’s wireless signal gauge to identify areas where the signal is weak. And, add one or more Hughes WiFi boosters depending on the size and layout of your house. The Hughes WiFi booster automatically connects your devices to the clearest channel and the strongest GHz band, allowing you to do more without a drop in the signal.

While you may find this a rather expensive way of ensuring wall-to-wall coverage, the Hughes WiFi booster is capable of maintaining a strong connection as you move around the house. Plus you can rest easy the signal is secure, because the Hughes WiFi booster utilizes the same WPA/WPA2 password protection as your HughesNet Gen 5 satellite WiFi modem.

Update the Modem Firmware

At times, using an outdated modem firmware also leads to a slow internet connection. Make sure  the satellite internet modem’s firmware is up-to-date. By doing so, your router is likely to have the support it needs to utilize its full capacity and deliver optimal results.

While largely speaking HughesNet modems would update automatically, it can do you good to confirm. Hughes Net tech support is available 24/7 at 1-866-482-1777. You can also go for the Live Chat option, to verify if your satellite internet modem firmware requires an update.

The Endnote

Before we close let’s add the obvious. Don’t forget to check if you have run out of data, as that may result in a throttled connection, albeit HughesNet will never throw you offline.

With that said we hope the simple and easy to conduct tips we’ve discussed, help you speed up your HughesNet satellite internet service when you encounter a “bad internet day” next. Trust us. You really don’t have to be a geek to try these out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest speed HughesNet Internet offer?

Each HughesNet Internet plan delivers up to 25/3 Mbps download/upload speeds.

When can I use HughesNet Bonus Zone data?

The 50 GB Bonus Zone Data allocated to all HughesNet Internet subscribers is for usage during off-peak hours i.e. between 2 am and 8 am. All internet activity that occurs between these hours automatically consumes Bonus Zone data.