Finding the right HughesNet data plan
With HughesNet high-speed satellite internet service, you don’t need to be connected to city infrastructure to get high-speed internet. You can surf the web, connect with friends on social media, watch a YouTube video, or listen to your favorite tunes—even in rural areas. HughesNet lets you work or go to school remotely from anywhere, including on snow days and every day in between. Figure out how much data you use each month and then pick the right plan that will give you enough data for all you want to do online.
Why do rural Americans choose HughesNet?
HughesNet is a good choice for people living in rural and hard-to-reach areas. With speeds of 25 Mbps, HughesNet gives you enough speed to work remotely, shop online, read the news, stream podcasts and music, have telehealth appointments from home, manage a business, and make video calls with friends and family. As long as you’re careful with data usage, you can even stream a movie and play a few online games over the weekend.
What's a GB (gigabyte)?
Internet data usage is measured in gigabytes, which is often shortened to GB. Most satellite internet plans give you a limited amount of full-speed data each month, which is measured in GB.
|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 video can I stream with HughesNet?
HughesNet recommends always streaming in standard definition (SD), which uses less data than HD, Ultra HD, or DVD quality. Watching Netflix in SD uses a little more than half a gigabyte per hour of streaming, while splurging on Ultra HD uses a walloping 15.98 GB of data per hour.
If you stream in SD (low definition), here’s how much video you can stream each month with your HughesNet satellite internet package.
- 10 GB: 15 hrs. per month
- 20 GB: 30 hrs. per month
- 30 GB: 45 hrs. per month
- 50 GB: 72 hrs. per month
You get 50 GB of Bonus Zone Data each month from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Many people forget to use this bonus data. Be smart and use this free data to download movies and episodes so you can watch them offline later.
You can download a few episodes of your favorite show before you go to bed every night, or while you’re getting ready in the morning.
How much does HughesNet Internet cost?
HughesNet Internet costs $59.99 to $149.99 per month, depending on how much data your package includes. All plans include the same speed—up to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. If the basic 10 GB plan isn’t enough data for your needs, you can step up to a higher priced plan with 20 GB, 30 GB, or 50 GB of data per month.
HughesNet prices are locked for 24 months, which is a big advantage over HughesNet’s direct competitor, Viasat. Viasat increases pricing after the first three months, which can cause sticker shock. Both providers require a two-year contract.
You’ll also have to pay for HughesNet equipment. HughesNet Internet service requires a HughesNet Gen5 Wi-Fi modem and a satellite dish. The satellite dish is included as a part of HughesNet’s free standard installation, but it requires a two-year contract. Modem lease from HughesNet is $14.99 per month, or you can buy it outright for $449.98.
Is HughesNet unlimited?
Yes, there are no hard data limits with HughesNet, so it is technically unlimited. But it’s important to understand what “unlimited” means here.
Every month, you’ll get a set amount of full-speed data—amounts vary by plan from 10 GB to 50 GB per month. If you go over that amount (and most people will—the typical American household uses over 400 GB of data per month), then your speeds will be reduced to 1–3 Mbps. So you can keep using an unlimited amount of data for the rest of the month, but it’ll be way slower than typical speeds of 25 Mbps.
Download speeds of 1–3 Mbps are still fast enough to check email, read the news, and use messaging apps, but expect buffering if you’re trying to stream video or music.
There are things you can do to reduce data usage, like stream video in SD instead of HD, turn off autoplay commercials on websites, or download content in the middle of the night (during the Bonus Zone) to watch the next day.
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.
Is HughesNet any good?
HughesNet is a good option if you need internet service in a rural area. Most of its plans are cheaper than its direct competitor, Viasat, and it offers 25 Mbps speeds on every plan. Your price will also stay locked for the duration of your two-year contract. 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.
What internet speeds does HughesNet offer?
All HughesNet Internet speeds the same speeds: 25 Mbps download speed and up to 3 Mbps upload. This is fast enough for streaming, video conferencing, online schooling, browsing, social media, online shopping, and most other activities with the exception of fast-paced gaming.
But, if you reach your monthly data allotment (10 GB to 50 GB per month, depending on your plan), your download speeds will slow significantly to about 1–3 Mbps. Your speeds can also vary depending on the time of day.
Even if you hit your monthly data allotment, you can still get 50 GB of full-speed data (25 Mbps) during the Bonus Zone, which is from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily.
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
- 3 Mbps upload speeds
- Built-in Wi-Fi service
- Widespread availability
- 50 GB of Bonus Zone data per month (2:00 a.m. to 8:00 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 your plan’s data threshold, 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. And since HughesNet Internet is available nationwide, you can stay connected to unlimited internet no matter where you live.
Video data saver
When you stream all your favorite TV shows and movies, HughesNet Gen5 automatically adjusts your speeds and delivers DVD video quality while using less data so you can watch up to three times as much footage.
Extra 50 GB of data with HughesNet Bonus Zone
All HughesNet Internet plans come with Bonus Zone Data, which offers you an extra 50 GB of full-speed data (25 Mbps) from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Your Bonus Zone data renews each month. It’s a great time to download your favorite movies, music, and games.
Should I lease or buy a HughesNet modem?
In general, we recommend leasing a HughesNet modem. Buying the modem up front costs $449.98, while leasing it is $14.99 per month. Leasing reduces the upfront cost and won’t leave you stuck with outdated equipment 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 internet service provider if you decide to switch.
How much does HughesNet cost?
HughesNet plans start at $59.99 per month and go up to $149.99 per month, not including modem lease ($14.99 per month). All HughesNet plans offer the same 25 Mbps speeds but different amounts of full-speed monthly data.
Is HughesNet unlimited internet?
HughesNet Internet is technically unlimited internet, but each plan has a limited amount of full-speed (25 Mbps) data. Once you reach your data allotment (which ranges from 10 GB to 50 GB per month), you can continue to access data without incurring overage fees, but it will be at much slower speeds (1–3 Mbps).
What is Bonus Zone data?
Bonus Zone data is 50 GB of full-speed (25 Mbps) data that’s available with all HughesNet plans, which you can use between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Bonus Zone data is extra data you get in addition to your plan’s monthly data allotment.
What’s the best plan from HughesNet?
HughesNet’s best plan is the 50 GB Data Plan, which gives you the most monthly data. In addition to 50 GB of data that you can use anytime, you also get 50 GB of Bonus Zone data that you can use from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., so this plan gives you a combined 100 GB of full-speed data each month.