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HughesNet versus 4GLTE

ml520
Junior

HughesNet versus 4GLTE

After waiting months only to find out that Hughes won't offer any relief from their horribly slow performance, I picked up a 4GLTE router from our regional wireless provider yesterday. Even though speeds are only clocking in at 2-3Mbps, it is lightning fast compared to Hughes...even when Hughes is running 30Mbps at 2am. On the 4GLTE I can watch videos without buffering, web pages load almost instantly, Amazon works, and I can actually download emails using a client without the process timing out (no joke!). The difference is just phenomenal. So what gives? Why does Hughes, even when running at top speed, still not achieve close to the performance of 4GLTE running at 1/15th the speed?

 

On a side note, I don't have to worry about sweeping snow off of a dish in the winter or degraded performance due to weather, and it costs less for more bandwidth, is totally portable, doesn't require a tech to set it up, and I get to work with an extremely helpful local agent... in person...who actually calls me back after doing research for me that I didn't even ask him to do.

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MarkJFine
Associate Professor

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE

Keep in mind that not everyone here has the option to do this. For many people this is their only way to go, with little to no reliable mobile signal year-round.

 

I'm happy you're getting something that works for you, but you can look at this one of two ways:

a. Go you, for being so clever; or

b. Don't go you, since you probably had that available to you all along and should have done that to begin with.

 

Real classy gloating about it here tho. 👍🏼


* 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.
ml520
Junior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE

If anyone has the right to gloat it's the long-time Hughes customers that have been receiving pi$$ poor service from them and getting the run-around for months while they continue to sell subscriptions on an already overloaded network. I've had sketchy cell coverage from day one here, so I actually didn't think the router was an option or that the speed would be sufficient but the local wireless guys let me have a try and, what do you know, it works like a charm! Costs have also recently come down so it made sense to give it a try at this point.

 

Do you have any answer to my question, or are you just upset that someone is actually getting some relief from poor service?

bare65
Advanced Tutor

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE

@ml520

Totally portable huh?

 

how about you come on out here to the mojave desert boonies, 100 miles from anything in any direction, with your fancy 4GLTE wireless doodad and see how well it works then...

 

I can tell ya..it WON'T and not even your extremely helpful local agent will be able to assist you without a signal!

 

But hey, you can always come on over to my house and use my HughesNet satellite internet to email your agent. Smiley Tongue

 

@MarkJFine

 

"I'm happy you're getting something that works for you, but you can look at this one of two ways:

a. Go you, for being so clever; or

b. Don't go you, since you probably had that available to you all along and should have done that to begin with"

 

LMAO! I'm leaning toward (b)

 

ml520
Junior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE


@bare65 wrote:

@ml520

Totally portable huh?

 

 

 

 


Of course it doesn't work *everywhere* but it's a helluva lot more portable than a satellite dish!

 

I've been using satellite Internet since the introduction of Starband. Then Hughes came along and I was quite happy with it until last year when I switched to Gen 5. I had no reason to investigate alternatives until that point.

 

MarkJFine
Associate Professor

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE


@ml520 wrote:

Do you have any answer to my question, or are you just upset that someone is actually getting some relief from poor service?


1. Why would I have an answer to a rhetorical question?

2. Why would I even be upset (hint: I'm not)?

 

I'm simply pointing out that you're not considering how petty and vindictive this makes you look. Most people would just take it in stride that they solved their own problem and go on their way without having to belittle those that are unable to do so. But, if that makes you feel better...

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* 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.
ml520
Junior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE


@jezra wrote:

@bare65 "fully portable" doesn't mean "works everywhere". My plan is to operate my 4GLTE from a solar panel and deep cycle battery.  It won't work everywhere, but it will be portable and should work well in areas with extremely weak signal reception.


That's awesome! See if you can find a router that has a built-in battery. Then it gets really portable! :-) 

ml520
Junior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE


@jezra wrote:

@ml520 the modem has a built in battery, but for portability reasons, I need the ability to run in from a solar powered setup.  Even if the setup were permanent at my location, it would still need to run from a solar powered setup because the best signal (even with a 20-30' antenna) is no where near a power outlet. 


Can you run coax from your remote antenna site to your router?

alfresco
Senior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE

Sounds like a good setup. I definately coud have used it at my old house, If I stood in the front yard I could get maybe 1 to 2 bars. Where I'm at now I have to drive 12 miles on a curvy canyon road to get a  signal. I'll keep this in mind though because we tend to move a lot.

ml520
Junior

Re: HughesNet versus 4GLTE


 

I'm simply pointing out that you're not considering how petty and vindictive this makes you look. Most people would just take it in stride that they solved their own problem and go on their way without having to belittle those that are unable to do so. But, if that makes you feel better..

 


Actually, aside from the question about performance, the intention was to encourage others to look at alternatives because it's clear to me that Hughes is not going to help them. I wasn't aware that 4GLTE routers even existed as standalone devices, and I assume others might not be aware of the alternatives, either. If this appears belitting to anyone then I apologize, but based on the other posts that I've seen you troll this forum with, that appears to be the least of your concerns.