Our connection has been dropping quite often, especially today. I think this has been going on for a few days now, as I have had breif connectivity losses on a regular basis, but today it has been quite frustrating. I attached some screenshots to show what's been happening. The modem's lights twinkle quite a bit while the network is up, although sometimes it seems we loose connection even while the lights suggest otherwise (maybe it's just a breif loss?). At other times the sattelite link lights are completely down.
Here's a few of the thoughts I had:
Could there be a bunch of storms in the gateway's area? It has been clear here.
We have had some strong winds lately, and that may have misaligned the dish.
We do have tall trees in the area, but I think they are clear of the path of the dish.
I have not yet rebooted the router, but shall do after posting this. I will also make sure the dish is connected to it well.
Thanks for your help.
Storms at the gateway are possible, especially if your gateway is Billings, MT. Lots of storms there today.
What does it say for your Satellite Name and Beam ID in the Satellite box on the following page? http://192.168.0.1/#!/home/information
Edit: I can tell you where your gateway is with that info.
Edit 2: Because he'd probably clobber me over the head if I didn't mention it, Corrosive has the Gateway info on his site, too. Here's the link to the page that has it. You have to look at a different spot in the System Control Center, but he gives a table of the gateways that will correspond with the info you see on the status page.
That's Omaha, NE, and right now it's even worse than Billings, MT. I have no doubt that a major storm that has gone through has affected your service.
And Bilings, MT has nothing to do with you. I only mention it as that's the first place I saw on the map where they were having a storm and where I knew a gateway was. I didn't notice Omaha when I first looked.
That would make sense... but it seems to have been happening a lot... either there are a lot of storms there or there may be a problem...
Edit: I'll make sure I monitor Omaha's weather, so I'm not taken by surprise.
Actually, a major player in why we switched to HN was our previous ISP was practically down for two weeks. One of the potential culprits was a military radar.
If it's happening when there is no weather that should be affecting your gateway or your own location it's definitely a problem. If/when it happens again, I would check to see if there is bad weather, and if not, I would definitely say something. The reps can run remote diagnostics on your HughesNet equipment to see if anything is amiss. They may already do so when they see this thread. If you don't already, it would probably be a good idea to leave your modem plugged in so that the reps can run said diagnostics.
The reps are on M-F from approximately 8AM to 5PM EST.