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Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede


Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

I am extremely frustrated with the speeds at HughesNet. I was originally with Exede and broke contract with them to come over here. At the time I was getting 18mbps download and 18gb data with Exede but needed something closer to 25mbs speed for work. I am a field-based employee and have to have fast internet to function for work. I currently have 25mbps and 50gb data with HughesNet, or am supposed to.


I switched to HughesNet and it has been a disaster. I refuse to talk to anyone on the phone because they aren't helpful and are rarely knowledgable enough to help fix the issue. Plus they are impossible to understand.


I cannot send large files and cannot be sent large files... latency issues and things time out. Also, streaming any content online is impossible. It plays for a few seconds, buffers for multiple minutes, then plays for a few seconds, and then buffers for a few minutes. The other night I tried to allow my daughter to watch a Disney Junior show on our AppleTV... it took 70 minutes to watch an entire 22 minute episode.


To add insult to injury, I did a test last night. I got on my AppleTV and tried to stream a basketball game and was unsuccessful. It stopped and buffered every couple of seconds and the image quality was so poor I couldn't even make out the different teams. But here's the bad part... I simultaneously streamed the same game on my phone while using the cellular signal and not the wifi, and had ZERO problems. Watched the entire game. At halftime, I ran speed tests. Wifi (HughesNet) was showing speeds upwards of 20mbps... my cellular signal was showing speeds around 4mbps. Yet I watched the entire game on my phone and never had an uninterrupted stream with wifi for longer than 10 seconds.


This is it. I need this fixed immediately. Forget the streaming issues, I cannot function at work and that is a real problem. There are quite a few employees at my company that are field-based and I have steered them away from HughesNet because of all the issues. I will be directing them to Exede.

Associate Professor

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

What beam and which satellite are you on?  You can find this information at!/home/information


Right now, there is a known performance issue that impacts beams 068, 055, and I think 039 might have some issues as well.

When streaming, you should try to stream at 480P or lower, if you wish to stream at resolutions higher than that, you must disable the Video Data Saver feature on your account, you can find more about that here.

As far as speeds, they are advertised as upto and are not guaranteed.


Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

Echostar 19 NAD and beam 104.


I appreciate your reply, but that is the worst customer service response anyone in your position could provide. "The speeds are "upto and not guaranteed..." really? Is that the legal way you get around charging people and providing a service below what is advertised? If that truly is the company's response to dissastisfied customers who have real issues, switching over was really the wrong choice.


As stated in my initial post, the speed readings are pointless. HughesNet was showing speeds of 20+mbps and my cellular signal was showing speeds of 4 mbps. HughesNet I can't stream anything yet on my phone I can stream whatever I want with the cellular signal. Would you care to explain to me how that is possible?


Also, since there are "known" issues with beams and what not, what is HughesNet doing to remedy the customers who are having issues? I didn't see my beam on the list provided, but I bet that is the issue. When I run a test on multiple different sites, it takes at least 30 seconds before the ping even starts.


Please let me know if this situation can be remedied or if I need to look for internet from another provider.

Associate Professor

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede


Not a Hughesnet employee, if you read the Hughesnet Community Terms of Service & Guidelines, you will see that you will typically get a reply from other customers, and that the only employees are marked as Moderators, Employees, Reps, and Admins.

As far as streaming, if you had read what I stated, you would see that could very well be the cause of your streaming issue, did you disable VDS, or lower your resolution?


Aside from that, if you are concerned about speeds, you should create a account and perform 3-5 tests during different parts of the day. Then share the account results link with us here.

Please keep in mind that Hughesnet will only accept and the official Hughesnet speed test results. Tests from other sites like are not accepted due to the compression technologies and latency that satellite deploys.

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)
-use the 25MB size download test file ONLY (other sized tests will be rejected)

-If testing upload instead of download, you must use a 4MB size upload test file
-space each test at least 5 minutes apart
-post your results URL here, it may look something like

For a more in depth guide on running the tests, please visit:

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.


Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede



I'm sorry, I thought you were part of the customer service team. Nevertheless, why are you responding? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the replies, but if you don't work for HughesNet why do you care?


I'm still confused what a speed test will do to help solve my issues. According to multiple different tests on mulitple different sites, including the HughesNet speed test itself, my speeds have always been "adequate." Despite the reading, I still can't stream. Hence why I don't understand what's going on.


But I will try and do as you say and provide the results.

Assistant Professor

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

Right now there are 2 regular admins here. Clearly not enough to deal with the volume of users on the site. They opened the site for volunteers, and we each bring own unique technical expertise in various areas to assist where and when we can. More importantly, we've all been where the other customers have been at one point or another. So it's very unique in that regard.


As far as doing speed tests, there are various reasons for doing them:
1. First and foremost it validates that there is a baseline speed problem.

2. It quantifies the nature of problem by time of day (is it the same all day, does it decrease over time, etc.) and over the course of a single download (does it start fast and die out, does it spurt and sputter, is there execessive latency, etc.); as well as the severity.

3. It allows engineers to look at the big picture - not only one user, but one in many on a single gateway, IPGW, outroute, etc.; as well as the path to different servers (if testmy is used).


I'm sure there are other reasons, but these are the important ones that come to mind.


Streaming brings a more complex problem, because if the baseline speed is fine and there is no latency, then there could be a problem with the way the streaming protocol is handled, it could be a problem with the path to the stream provider upstream, and it could just be server overload at the stream provider - not an easy thing to isolate, but speed tests eliminate one factor.


Hope this helps.

* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede


Here is my testmy page. I am still having the same issue. I tried again tonight to stream something and ZERO success. I turned off the video data saver again like I had done before, but that didn't help.


To further add insult to injury, I turned on my work hotspot (Sprint) and normally get horrible service where I live. When I turned on the hotspot, I had 1 bar of coverage. Nonetheless, I connected the device to the hotspot, went to Netflix, and was able to stream a Christmas movie for my girls in 720P with absolutely no issue. Again, could not even stream with HughesNet service in 480 at all... kept timing out.


I will continue to do speed tests, but outside of the crazy 40mbps at 11:20 the other night, most have been an average of 3-5mbps. This is unacceptable. I should not have to be paying for the quality of this service.


Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

Speeds have been pretty good throughout the day today. I just turned on Netflix and was able to stream a movie in 720P.


I will continue to test and see if I can isolate the issues to the evening times...

New Poster

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede

I am not with HughesNet, just a customer like you.

I just had HughesNet installed, and after 1 day, I had internet outage and called tech support.  They said the problem was with the install.  They wanted like $150 to come out and then $125/hour to fix it.  The problem was on my end.  Then, I explained it was just installed, and that they would fix for free.  Then all of a sudden, everything was fine, no reason for someone to come out.

OK, same problem 1 week and 2 weeks later.(Bis Acct) needinternet that is as fast as possible.  My business has lost $3000 over the last 2 weeks due to poor internet.  I called tech support, and again, problem was on my end, pay the fees to fix.etc.  I said, I have had this for less than 30 days, and then, we will fix for free.  Then, again, problems on your end, everything is working reason to have someone come out and fix (when it was free, but when my up).

I am just about to cancel this service.  I love it at times, but lossing $3000 in business is going to kill me.  I can not totally blame this on HughesNet, as my verizon tether service crapped out as well with the outage I had yesterday, but when tech support says there is a problem on my install, and have to pay for service, but all of a sudden everythign is fine and I don't need a repair...let's just say I don't think I can trust their tech support.  Do I have a problem or not??? Just tell me the truth.



Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Huge Issues with Speed at HughesNet... switched from Exede



I don't know if you'll be able to find help here as you have a business account and this community is for residential customers.  But, with that said, you may still want to create your own topic to separate you issue from the OPs.  The reps may steer you in the right direction.  

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