Thank you for your help. You've given me a better understanding of things. I do still have some questions. One, do I understand you correctly? I think you're saying that the modem on the modem side of the adapter uses a fairly steady 46 watts no matter what. There is the possibility that the modem uses power to amplify the incoming signal. But, if so, such must be little since an Iridium 9555 satellite phone uses only about 0.5 watts. Is it possible that the modem uses much more power to compute and determine and straighten out the data contained in an incoming signal that's been seriously degraded by weather conditions, solar conditions, whatever? In between transmitting and receiving times is the modem idle, using only a few watts at most? If so, then given the high uploading and downloading speeds of the whole system, the modem would be idle most of the time when someone is surfing the web, since he will spend much of his time looking at each website, printing it, whatever. If the modem uses little power idling, such could more or less provide a reconciliation between what you've said and what Curtis-m said. Does HughesNet use the world's most inefficient power adapter, converting about 150 watts ac to 46 watts dc. I use only dc. Is there a way to connect the modem directly to a dc source of power?
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