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It is a common misconception that DIRECTV offers high-speed Internet, when in fact DIRECTV only provides television service. DIRECTV and HughesNet at one time were the same company. DIRECTV merged with AT&T in 2015, and now exclusively provides satellite TV while Hughes exclusively provides HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet. If you are looking for satellite TV service, please click here.

I want to add HughesNet satellite Internet to my DIRECTV satellite TV service. Can I use the same satellite dish for both services?

The equipment that makes your satellite television connection work is different from the equipment needed for satellite Internet. You will need to add another satellite dish as well as a satellite modem, both of which will require some degree of start-up cost. To ensure that you get an unobstructed satellite dish line of sight and, by extension, the best connection possible, you may also want to consider having your equipment professionally installed.

Is DSL or HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet a better option for me?

The type of broadband Internet service that will best meet your needs will depend on where you live, how much you are willing to spend, and how you use the Internet. For those in remote communities that do not receive telephone service or cable television through landlines, satellite Internet is frequently the only choice. DSL connection rates range from 1 to 7 Mbps whereas satellite Internet connection rates reach up to 25 Mbps1. Satellite Internet requires that the user have a satellite modem, a satellite dish, and an unobstructed line of sight with the satellite. Satellite Internet is able to make Internet accessible to many places that have been offline for many years.

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How HughesNet Works

HughesNet is a two-way satellite Internet provider that downloads and uploads through a satellite dish. There are no lines, it all works wirelessly through your satellite dish and a satellite. When you type in a URL and hit enter, a request for the page you want to view is sent from your computer, to a satellite. The satellite then sends information to the Hughes Network Operations Center, which locates the web page you are looking for. Finally, the website beams the information back to your computer.

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