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HughesNet Review

HughesNet offers reliable Internet solutions catering to both homes and businesses with download speeds that you won't find with any other satellite Internet provider.

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The Good

Fast download rate

With HughesNet's Power MAX plan, you can get a 15 Mbps download speed, which is significantly faster than what many other satellite Internet providers offer. Speed like this should make it easy to surf the web, watch videos, download files, and more without having to deal with slow load times. HughesNet's other satellite Internet plans offer 10 Mbps download rates, which should still be sufficient for most people.

Express Repair

For an extra fee, you can sign up for HughesNet's Express Repair service, which provides technical support for any issues you may have with your satellite Internet. Phone support is available 24/7, but if the problem can't be solved that way, HughesNet sends a technician to you to fix the problem. You can choose from either the Basic or Premium service. With the Basic service, the onsite response time could be as early as the second business day, and the Premium service provides next business day repairs. HughesNet also gives you one month of Express Repair absolutely free, and if you decide you aren't interested in the service, you may cancel at any time.

Special plans available for businesses

HughesNet offers special satellite Internet plans designed specifically for businesses. They come with the company's fastest download speeds and a much higher data limit than found in their regular Internet packages. Businesses also get access to HughesNet's quality customer support and even their Express Repair service, something which is extremely valuable should the Internet happen to go down.

The Bad

Slow upload rates

Though HughesNet offers some very fast download speeds, their upload speeds don't quite compare to those of other satellite Internet providers. Their most expensive plan, the Power MAX plan, only comes with a 2 Mbps upload rate. Many satellite Internet providers offer 3 Mbps at least. This should only seriously affect those who frequently upload photos, videos, or other content to the Internet.

No bundled TV or phone services

Several other satellite Internet providers offer discounts on their plans if customers bundle their Internet service with satellite TV or home phone packages, but HughesNet does not offer any additional services beyond satellite Internet. For those who are strictly looking for an Internet service and aren't interested in other products, this shouldn't be an issue. However, if you are interested in satellite TV as well as Internet, it may be a good idea to choose a company that offers you discounts for bundling these services.

The Details

Provider Details

  • Monthly Price: $39.99 - $129.99
  • Service Area: Nationwide
  • States Available: 50

Additional Fees

  • Early Termination Fee: $200 - $800
  • Equipment Lease Fee: $9.99/month
  • Installation Fee: None
  • One-Time Setup Fee: None
  • Other Fees: None



  • Price: $39.99/month
  • Download Rate: 5Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 1Mbps
  • Data Allowance (Anytime): 5GB
  • Data Allowance (Bonus): 10GB


  • Price: $49.99/month
  • Download Rate: 10Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 1Mbps
  • Data Allowance (Anytime): 10GB
  • Data Allowance (Bonus): 10GB

Power Pro

  • Price: $69.99/month
  • Download Rate: 10Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 2Mbps
  • Data Allowance (Anytime): 15GB
  • Data Allowance (Bonus): 15GB

Power Max

  • Price: $119.99/month
  • Download Rate: 15Mbps
  • Upload Rate: 2Mbps
  • Data Allowance (Anytime): 20GB
  • Data Allowance (Bonus): 20GB

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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