I have unchecked the firewall and I will see how this works. By doing this, is my WiFi completely unprotected?
It is difficult to say if your WiFi is completely unprotected as both Windows and Mac OS operating systems provide options for protecting your WiFi. Also, if you are using a separate router with your HughesNet modem, that separate router most likely has security options (even some that probably are set "on" by default) to protect your network. I suspect you have protection, but to what degree is impossible to say without knowing more about your computers, network components and how they are set-up. Sorry I can't be more definitive, but let us know if your webpages start loading now.
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