Finding the right HughesNet data plan
With HughesNet high-speed satellite internet service, you can surf the web, upload photos, stream movies, or listen to your favorite tunes—even in rural areas.
You’ll get the most out of your internet activity with a HughesNet plan that has the right amount of data for your home. Follow the summaries below for a better idea of how many gigabytes (GB) you’ll need each month.
|10 GB Data Plan||$59.99/mo.||If you exceed 10 GB/mo., stay connected at reduced speeds.2|
|20 GB Data Plan||$69.99/mo.||If you exceed 20 GB/mo., stay connected at reduced speeds.2|
|30 GB Data Plan||$99.99/mo.||If you exceed 30 GB/mo., stay connected at reduced speeds.2|
|50 GB Data Plan||$149.99/mo.||If you exceed 50 GB/mo., stay connected at reduced speeds.2|
Requires 24 month agreement.
How much is HughesNet internet?
The lowest monthly price for HughesNet is $59.99 a month for the 10 GB plan. If the 10 GB plan isn’t available in your area, the next lowest price is $69.99 a month for the 20 GB plan. The monthly price is the same throughout the life of the contract: 24 months. (To compare, HughesNet’s direct competitor, Viasat, increases the monthly price after the first three months.) Besides the monthly price of the plan you choose, you’ll also need to pay for equipment.
HughesNet internet service requires a HughesNet Gen5 Wi-Fi modem and satellite dish. The satellite dish is included as a part of HughesNet’s free standard installation, but as of this writing, that’s a “limited-time offer” (be sure to ask a HughesNet representative for any and all discounts or special offers).
The HughesNet Gen5 Wi-Fi modem is available to lease or purchase outright. The lease option is more popular (according to HughesNet’s website), and is $14.99 a month with a one-time set-up fee of $99. The purchase option is $449.98 and includes all equipment and installation.
For almost everyone, we’d recommend the lease option. It reduces the upfront cost and won’t leave you stuck with equipment that will likely be outdated in a few years. Also, contracts with HughesNet end after two years, so leasing will save you from getting stuck with equipment that can’t be used with another service provider if you decide to switch. .
Is HughesNet unlimited?
Yes, there are no hard data limits with HughesNet. But it’s important to understand what “unlimited” means here. What if we told you that a car had unlimited mileage? That would be amazing. But what if this car could go only five miles per hour? Hmm . . . that’s not-so-amazing.
It’s the same with HughesNet. It will never disconnect you or charge you for going over your data limit, but you will experience reduced speeds of 1–3 Mbps once you hit your limit. That’s still enough speed to check email and use messaging apps, but expect buffering if you’re trying to stream the latest release from Netflix (or any other streaming platform).
Is HughesNet any good?
If you’re in a rural area and you need internet service, HughesNet is a good option. Most of its plans are cheaper than its direct competitor, Viasat. Like any service, the more you know about it going in, the more likely you are to be satisfied with your experience.
How does HughesNet work?
Because HughesNet is a satellite internet provider, it works by sending requests from your laptop, computer, smartphone, and more to a HughesNet satellite in space (22,000 miles from Earth!). The satellite informs the Hughes Network Operations Center (NOC) of your request and sends it back to your device through the same satellite, which then sends it to the HughesNet equipment at your home (the satellite dish and modem). It’s pretty amazing when you think about the distance your request travels, but it’s also the reason satellite internet has higher-than-average latency.
How much video can I stream with HughesNet?
- 10 GB: 15 hrs. per month.
- 20 GB: 30 hrs. per month.
- 30 GB: 45 hrs. per month.
- 50 GB: 72 hrs. per month.
HughesNet Gen 5
What is HughesNet Gen5?
HughesNet Gen5 is a satellite internet service that offers reliable download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps. Even in rural areas with limited access to high-speed internet options, HughesNet Gen5 can keep you connected. With plans from 10 GB to 50 GB of data per month, there’s a good option for most households.
What you get with HughesNet Gen5:
- 25 Mbps download speeds1
- 3Mbps upload speeds
- Built-in Wi-Fi service
- Widespread availability
- 50 GB of Bonus Zone data per month (2 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
HughesNet Internet for Business
Do More, Faster with HughesNet for Business
|Business 35||25 GB Daytime Data + 10 GB Anytime Data||2–3 users with multiple devices and basic internet needs.|
|Business 50||25 GB Daytime Data + 25 GB Anytime Data||Up to 5 users with light to moderate business internet usage.|
|Business 75||25 GB Daytime Data + 50 GB Anytime Data||Up to 5 users with more intensive business connectivity needs.|
|Business 150||50 GB Daytime Data + 100 GB Anytime Data||Up to 10 users with heavy-duty business data needs.|
|Business 250||50 GB Daytime Data + 200 GB Anytime Data||10+ users who need a robust data plan to keep business running.|
Reliable speeds with every plan
Unlike most internet providers, HughesNet doesn’t charge you more for high-speed internet. All HughesNet Plans come with 25 Mbps download speeds.1
Stay connected wirelessly with built-in Wi-Fi
With the HughesNet Gen5 Wi-Fi modem, you can keep all the wireless devices in your home connected.
Secure and reliable high-speed internet connection
HughesNet has reliable connections, fast internet speeds, and prices that fit your budget. With a stable, regularly updated infrastructure, HughesNet gives you the service you deserve.
Unlimited data with no hard data limits
If you exceed the amount of data on your plan, HughesNet won’t cut you off or charge you more. You’ll stay connected at reduced speeds—typically 1–3 Mbps—through the end of the month.
Video data saver
When you stream all your favorite TV shows and movies, HughesNet Gen5 automatically adjusts your speeds and delivers DVD video quality3 while using less data so you can watch up to three times as much footage.
50 GB of included bonus data
HughesNet plans come with Bonus Zone Data, which offers you an extra 50 GB from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Your Bonus Zone data renews each month. It’s a great time to download your favorite movies, music, and games.