If your computer has an operating system that auto-updates itself, you're gonna have a bad time. Don't leave your computer on unattended. Turn your internet off while you are not actively using it. Otherwise you'll end up being the stinker and everybody will hate you for the rest of the month. If you have a family member who doesn't understand how much data they are using, you're gonna have a bad time. Everybody is going to start blaming each other for using it up. HughesNet would be great for someone who only browses text-based posts. (That's me.) If it were just me in my family, I'll admit, I would probably be happy with this service. Back when there were restore tokens, it was OK if we went over the cap, because we knew that we could get back up to speed in an emergency, once a month. Now that we have gen4, one family member has discovered that he can watch a youtube video. I know, it's hard to resist. That's why I stay up until 2 in the morning. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to teach a tech-illiterate the difference between a kilobyte, a megabyte, and a gigabyte. Words? You can look at those all day, every day. Songs? Please don't listen to songs. Radio? Please don't do that. Pictures. It's alright if you look at a couple, but dangit no you can't browse GigaPan all day! Videos? Heck no. Not even once. Pretty please with a cherry on top. See, I understand all this, but I'm the exception to the rule. The rest of my family thinks that HughesNet means infinite Pandora, Spotify, Skype, and YouTube. IT DOES NOT. HughesNet is driving my family apart. I wish that HughesNet offered a plan with a flat 56 kilobytes per second like what we had back in the days of dialup. No great highs. No great lows. Currently this situation where we have three days of 'free-for-all' and then 27 days of crawling 14kbps (except after 2AM) leads to an undercurrent of blame that permeates our daily life. Maybe a constant rate of 57 kbps would be appropriate. That way, 'faster than dialup' speeds could still be advertised. Ok. I'm done ranting. I just needed to get this off my chest. I'm trying to let go of the issue so I don't end up needing therapy. I've tried not to be mean. I think HughesNet is probably the best satellite internet provider, even though we are second-class internet citizens. It's the price we pay for living our beautiful rural lives. No gunshots at night. No droning roar of traffic. No smog. No meth-heads burglarizing the neighborhoods.
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