It sounds like your primary complaint is your download speed, please read the following guide located at the link below to start testing your connection, and take into account, the important notes below as well when performing your tests.
You should create a testmy.net 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 testmy.net and the official Hughesnet speed test results. Tests from other sites like speedtest.net 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
-space each test at least 5 minutes apart
-post your results URL here, it may look something like http://testmy.net/quickstats/C0RR0SIVE
For a more in depth guide on running the tests, please visit: http://customer.kb.hughesnet.com/Pages/7001.aspx
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.
Let me preface this by saying that the following information is ONLY regarding the utilization of DirecTV's On Demand service and the DirecTV receiver itself, not the other issues listed in your post.
First, streaming, depending on the definition of the program, can use a LOT of data. Though streaming can be done using HughesNet, it's generally recommended that it be done conservatively, due to the amount of data it can use. Streaming in Hi Def can use 3GB or more per hour, so just three two hour movies in HD can burn through around 18GB or more. If one has the 20GB plan and streamed during regular hours, that doesn't leave much Anytime Data for anything else. Streaming in SD, or even LD, can save a lot of data in comparison, but even they can use a decent amount. SD and LD can use around 700MB and 300MB per hour, respectively.
The second thing is this: DirecTV receivers can use data for things other than just On Demand services. Guide updates, program descriptions, app updates, those "instant watch" movies (this one is debatable), etc. Basically, even if you haven't watched any On Demand movies or TV programs, you could turn on your computer one evening and find that your data has been wiped out due to something the DirecTV receiver did that you didn't initiate or have anything to do with. And the worst part about it is that there is no way to control it, other than turning your modem/router off, which could be a HUGE inconvenience, as turning the DirecTV receiver off doesn't make a difference, as it's not really off, but in standby. It is normally recommended that a DirecTV receiver not be connected to the HughesNet service.
With regard to the second bit of info, the sales reps may not necessarily know this, as it's not widely known. As far as I'm aware, it's only really known in here due to people having it happen to them and posting what happened. I just figured I would warn you that this can happen when a DirecTV receiver is connected to the service. There's no guarantee that it will happen, but it can. Most often, when people utilize On Demand, their receiver is connected to an unlimited service, so there would really be no reason for them to know, and most likely no opportunity for them to see, or notice, that the receiver is using data at times other than when streaming. With a service that has a cap, or even a soft cap (the service is not cut off, but is instead throttled), like HughesNet, it's important to know.
I hope you are able to find an amicable resolution to your issues, whatever it may be. Good luck.
Good morning kcaggie03,
I'm glad you found the community, thank you for posting. I've located your account and submitted a request to have your sales call reviewed to ensure proper expectations were set during the call. I'll post back once I have any news to share.
Your patience and understanding are much appreciated.
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