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Extremely slow internet

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Extremely slow internet

I contacted customer service about our extremely slow Internet. I spoke to three different techs, two of which I was disconnected while trying to resolve issues. The second tech was able to DRASTICALLY increase my Internet speeds. She had me reboot my computer only to loose all progress and then we were disconnected! The third technician was nice, but just did not know what to do to help.


My son uses the Internet for virtual school and the connection is so bad that we go elsewhere for him to do the majority of his schoolwork. I know this can be corrected since it was for a few short minutes, but I do not have hours to spend on the phone to explain, run tests, try different things, get disconnected and go through the same thing again and again. I spent over 4 hours on the phone with the three different techs and my problem still has not been resolved. I am paying for a service that is literally unusable for our primary purpose.


Looking through the community forum, I see this is a common problem and do not understand why more support techs cannot simply resolve the problem -- and we are trapped into a 2-year contract.


Re: Extremely slow internet



How many computers, tablets, tv's, etc. do you have hooked up to the wifi? Sometimes this will cause a huge drag on system preformance. I am not sure if you are using windows, Mac, Chrome OS? I know that Macs have a hard time if you are out of Data. I have found that when my wife is working we have to shut down all of the devices except for the one and then our system will generlly run. If your son is going to a virtual school you may want to contact there tech support and see if there are specific settings you can change from there end. Hughes has a huge lag and some servers will just boot you off. When the system starts dragging really bad are you noticing bad weather, wind gusts, clouds, etc? if that is not the case I would just reset the modem by unplugging it and then letting it reboot. Your comment, "The second tech was able to DRASTICALLY increase my Internet speeds." makes me think that you were out of data and they put more on to run a system test. Do you know if that is the case? it would make sense that your internet would speed up if a data pack had been applied to the account. Im not sure if this helps but best of luck to you.


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Re: Extremely slow internet



In order for the Community reps to be able to help you with your speed issue, they will need some speed test results to demonstrate the problem, and the tests need to be run a specific way.  Before running the tests, however, please ensure that you are not presently out of your plan data.  You can see if your data has been exhausted by looking at the HughesNet Usage Meter or by going to this page with a device that is connected to the modem (either via LAN cable or WiFi).  


If you are not out of data, please proceed with the following speed tests...




To help the HughesNet Customer Service Reps get a head start on your speed concerns, please create a account (if you do not already have one) and, while signed into that account, perform a batch of 3-5 tests during different parts of the day, then share the account results link with us here.

Most important points to remember during this test:
-do the tests while directly connected to the HughesNet modem with a LAN cable (NO third party Router or Wireless devices can be used)
-disable the WiFi while the speed tests are being performed
-the testing device should be the ONLY device connected to the HughesNet modem while testing
-use the manual 25MB size download test file 

-If testing upload instead of download, use the manual 3MB size upload test file
-space each test at least 5 minutes apart
-post your testmy results URL here, it may look something like

For a more in depth guide on running the tests, please see this site.

The Reps are on M-F from approximately 8AM to 5PM Eastern. They will be the ones to address your speed issues, but they will need these tests to do so.

If you don't know how to disable the WiFi in the HT2000W, please see "How do I manage my built-in WiFi modem?" in this PDF. Please be sure to click "Save Settings" after unchecking "SSID Enable" for each of the four tabs individually (2.4Ghz, then 2.4Ghz Guest, then 5Ghz, then 5Ghz Guest).

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