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8 Mbps is not 25 Mbps, but it's definitely not a throttled speed.
25 mbps is not guaranteed and depends greatly upon a lot of factors, too numerous to list here.
Judging by the variance graphs from your tests, in that they aren't showing erratic changes, my guess would be system congestion. Unfortunately, as time goes on and streaming becomes more prevalent, it's likely that the incidence of people downloading media during the Bonus Zone period has picked up considerably.
That's just a guess though, as there are a lot of variables.
Look, capacity is never not going to be a problem on satellite by the very nature of the beast - you have severely limited bandwidth to start with.
Demand for external servers will always be a problem, complicating the issue too. Give you an example: Over the past day or so, Apple, Microsoft (Windows and Office), and Fedora all had major os/kernel updates. Ever try to update something from Apple or Microsoft on the first day of the release? You can't ever get it done, because you're competing with the entire globe on top of trying to compete with those also on your satellite beam, groundstation, the groundstation's provider, and so on. This is how internet works... everywhere.
"Look, capacity is never not going to be a problem on satellite by the very nature of the beast - you have severely limited bandwidth to start with." - Mark
i.e. it's always going to be a problem.
"So I can expect increasingly slower speeds."
Not necessarily. Things change, new players come on the scene, new products appear, new technological advances, etc. What you can do is go with the flow and accept reality. You'll live longer.
"There needs to be a proviso as in the drug ads"
There is. Check the website and the subscriber agreement (both available freely on the web to everyone) for the disclaimers.
You can also be proactive and contact your representatives in Congress. Demand that they bring other options to your area.
HughesNet is a good company, and the reps here are very helpful (they stand head and shoulders above reps from other companies).
I think though that even in the area where you live, things will change and evolve. And you can still become active in asking your representatives to bring more broadband to the area.
What Linux distro do you have?
I have Mint installed on one device. It's pretty cool.
The Bonus Zone seems to sometimes follow being on FAP and gives you slow speeds, but faster than if you were on the full throttle between 8 and 2
I wish I had me some 8mbps right now, im going at 44kbps(5kB/s) which is what I used to get on dial up.
As for other alternatives and costs, that company owned by the space man is offering it at 99$ a month, but you have to buy the dish for about 500$ and install it yourself. Its a bigger up front cost, but with traditional satellite, you get locked into plans for years to pay for the installation. So it equals the same about im sure. So the biggest financial issue is getting someone to set it up for you if youre unable too
While I also love Hughes, I have greater internet needs than can be provided, and right this minute im paying 140$ a month something that runs pretty fast, or becomes Space Dial Up. Im not able to get on bloody Facebook, I can barely load Wikipedia, and dont even think about running youtube videos in 180p on DIAL UP. They really messed up not having the EchoStar XXIV built and launched in 2020-2021 like what was originally planned. Corporate let Space Man build and space-fling over 2000 little fast internet satellites, and ive seen videos of people building satellites, they wear bio-suits most of the time. The Pandemic was not an excuse for that! Awful move, I want to buy some Hughes stock so I can yell at the board about this. I feel like they just surrendered to Mars Colony Man
So I can expect increasingly slower speeds. I keep seeing the Hughesnet ads, they tout speeds subscribers will get. Buying tokens also will not help then.There needs to be a proviso as in the drug ads 🙂 (may cause cancer, death )
Overall, probably, but things can change, and maybe the new bird will help in the same way that the last satellite did. New subscribers came on, of course, but some Gen4 subscribers chose to upgrade to Gen 5, and many of them were moved to the new sat.
On a separate topic, Mint here too. Not on a regular basis, as my main computer is a Mac, but as a hobby type thing. I've been fiddling with the Live USB thing of 20.2 Cinnamon (Edge) and MATE with my mini PCs.
Another bird is going up next year. How much of its capacity will be designated for the US, however, I don't know. However, that new bird may only help lessen the impact for a time, not solve it. And there's no other way to increase capacity. Once a bird it is up, that's it. Its throughput is pretty much set in stone.
The main problem is streaming. HughesNet was never designed to handle so many people doing something so bandwidth intensive so often. And the more people that do so, the more congested the system becomes. But nearly everything else we do online is becoming more bandwidth intensive, so it's not just the streaming, though that is, by far, the most impactful.
Could you post a screenshot of the error message?