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Spectator

Slow speeds and connectivity issues

https://testmy.net/quickstats/tpaustin

 

I'm a new customer and have had slow speed since getting service started.

 

Customer support told me it was wifi related and sold me a booster. I have a macbook and didn't have a lan adapter so I couldn't verify speeds until now. Also, tech couldn't get VOIP to work so he took the adapter with him. I will test more throughout the day, but it has always been slow.

 

I am in a rural area and can only be here on the weekends because I can't work without a reliable internet connection.

 

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Associate Professor

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Unfortunately, admins are not here on weekends, but maybe some of us can help you out.

 

There's a set amount such that the test is standardized: Download test should be 25MB, and Uploads are either 4 MB (I think) - looks like you used those for the last 3 or 4 tests, so I'll ignore the first ones:
1. Your uploads a little slow (max is ~3Mbps). The difference is likely congestion.

2. Your downloads are way down, but it looks like you're in FAP mode which limits you to 3Mbps. Have you exhausted your data plan? You can use a browser on a computer that's connected to the modem and check that by going here. "Service Data Plan" is what you want to look at.


* 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.
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Spectator

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Thanks Mark. Iooked at my plan and you are right - it says I have 0% left, but I haven't been able to use the data at all, so I'm not sure what's up. I was seeing a negative amount used and an error on the graph when I looked before. I'll try to call customer support again. Last time I did that (on a weekend) I was on the phone for an our and the outcome was that I needed to buy a wifi booster Smiley Sad

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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Data doesn't disappear magically; it's used when something in your network uses it, even if that something is not a person but an app or a smart device.

 

You need to figure out where your data is going and either turn off whatever's sucking up your data or develop ways to manage your data package so it lasts all month.   I don't know what software you can use to monitor data usage on a Mac (the free Glasswire app is for Windows), but @MarkJFine may know.  

 

tpaustin wrote:

Thanks Mark. Iooked at my plan and you are right - it says I have 0% left, but I haven't been able to use the data at all, so I'm not sure what's up. I was seeing a negative amount used and an error on the graph when I looked before. I'll try to call customer support again. Last time I did that (on a weekend) I was on the phone for an our and the outcome was that I needed to buy a wifi booster Smiley Sad


 

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Associate Professor

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Mac's have it built in, but it's not a persistent thing. Activity Monitor (in Applications/Utilities) has a Network tab where it shows what different applications are using at that time. Once the application is killed, the accumulated network usage data goes with it. It does keep track of the total usage since the machine was turned on at the bottom of the window.

 

Edit: I should add that if you use a media server the amount of streaming that it does will also show even if it's serving a TV on your local lan and not going out through the internet.


* 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.
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Spectator

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Thanks Mark and maratsade,

 

I understand that. I'm just saying I've had slow speeds since day 1 so something seems off too me?

 

I will look into seeing what is sucking the bandwidth, but it is pretty odd. No change in our known behavior, but a sudden and steep decline in usage (when I look at the HughesNet app on my phone)usage.jpg

 

I'll see if there are any apps running all the time that are consuming the data.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

I've never used this with my Mac, but it sounds like it may be similar to Windows' task manager.  I see a Network column there. 

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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

"I understand that. I'm just saying I've had slow speeds since day 1 so something seems off too me?"

You seem to be discussing two issues, one of data usage and another one of speed.  Speeds will be throttled when you're out of data; to address speed issues when you're not in FAP, follow these instructions:  https://community.hughesnet.com/t5/Tech-Support/Think-you-have-slow-speeds/m-p/110034#M74607

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Associate Professor

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Some ideas:
1. Check to see if there are any applications or operating system updates that want to self-update. May want to turn off all automatic updates off on all devices (phones, computers, etc.). You may want to do all that stuff manually during the Bonus time from 2-8am.

2. Check to see if you have a satelite or cable TV box connected to the internet. They are notorious for freely using a lot of bandwidth for on-demand programming (5GB/hour in HD), as well as for secretly augmenting on-screen program grids, program searches, on-screen apps (weather, sports updates, etc.) and other stuff.

3. Just like on-demaind programming, any kind of streaming (HBOMax, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) will also eat up your bandwidth at a rate of about 5GB/hr in HD (on-demand is basically streaming).

4. Any large-scale cloud usage (disk backups, Google Drive, etc.) or web-based office apps (Google Sheets, etc.) will all use your internet like a space heater spins your electric meter. I found this out the hard way.


* 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.
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Spectator

Re: Slow speeds and connectivity issues

Thanks for all the tips. I'm monitoring that stuff now.

 

I also bought an extra 10GB, but don't see any real improvements. One test was up but the next two were way down (the best test was still <3MB down).