For several months my Hughesnet seems to be degrading. However when I test my speed on testmy.net I'm getting averages of 26+Mbps with top speeds of 40+Mbps. These speeds do not translate into my real-world internet usage. I just watched Netflix buffer for 4 minutes to play 30seconds of video only to start buffering for another 4 minutes. YouTube is the same exact way. I can't even use Hulu or Starz as I get an error whenever I try to stream a video. I'm not talking HD video here either, it's very low resolution. When I first got HughsNet I did not have these problems, but lately it keeps getting worse and worse. According to testmy.net I'm not having speed issues. My router is wired to my computer, so it's not a wifi issue. If I download a large file HughesNet works reasonably well, but it simply will not longer stream from any service I have tried when I use to have no problems streaming, even on the slower speeds with no data left. The only thing I can think of is HughesNet is throttling several streaming services. Can this be confirmed? If that's not it, what is?
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First, I know I can use a testmy.net account, but my understanding is your device must be attached to LAN by cable and Wifi must be off. Given the location of my modem this isn’t an option, at least without buying a really long ethernet cable. My wifi speeds are fine per speedtest.net though (nowhere near the advertised 25Mbps) but they exceed the minimums required for the services. Hulu and YouTube buffer constantly on HughesNet connection. I believe the problem is HughesNet, not the services. I also have a 1Mbps DLS connection and both services work better, as in not nearly as much buffering, on my 1Mbps DLS connection than HughesNet. I’m currently testing at a little over 5Mbps on my HughesNet per speedtest.net. 5Mbps should be more than enough to play both Hulu and YouTube (at low resolution, mind you). I’m not playing these simultaneously. I’m using only one service and one device at a time. I’ve had Netflix for several months and it works fine. It’s low quality, but it doesn’t buffer a lick. I’ve always had issues with YouTube. Even at 144p resolution, the videos buffer badly. I’ve never used it enough to complain, but I just signed up for Hulu and it’s even worse than YouTube. I pay for the Hulu ad free service, so now I’m complaining. Depending on the weather, I usually get between 5Mbps and 10Mbps. Hulu says it only requires 3Mbps for HD but will work with a little as 1.5 at lower quality. I’m getting lower quality resolution, definitly not HD, so I don’t understand why it doesn’t work with HughesNet even at 5Mbps or more. It makes no sense to me that Netflix will play without a hitch, but both YouTube and Hulu buffer constantly even at low resolution, unless of course HughesNet throttles some services but not others. I’ve cleared my browser cache; power cycled my modem. I’ve tried different browsers, I’ve downloaded the Hulu app for Win10 on two different devices, I’ve downloaded the apps on two different Firesticks. All have the same buffering issues, yet again, Netflix works fine on any device. Wifi speeds test at above 5Mbps or higher which exceeds the minimum requirements for the services. My Satelitte Receive Signal Strength is 95 and my system status is all green checks. What’s the deal?
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