HughesNet for Business FAQ
Should I get a HughesNet residential or business plan?
Small businesses with one1 to three3 employees often save money in the city by using a residential plan. But not so with HughesNet. The 35 GB HughesNet for Business plan ($69.99/mo.) gives you the best value on data for the money. So, if the business plan is available in your area, we recommend it.
How much does HughesNet for Business cost?
HughesNet for Business plans start at $69.99 per month. This gives you 35 GB of data per month at broadband speeds of 25 Mbps. If you reach this limit, you’ll have an unlimited amount of much slower data (1-3 Mbps) for the rest of the month. Plans with up to 100 GB of monthly data cost $199.99 per month.
Is HughesNet reliable?
HughesNet is reliable in the sense that you can get a steady connection. As long as you have a clear view of the southern sky, it will work. Sometimes it might go out during storms, which can be frustrating, but otherwise your signal should be pretty steady.
Is HughesNet unlimited?
HughesNet satellite internet plans are unlimited in the sense that you can keep using your connection at reduced speeds after you hit your data cap. This data races along at 25 Mbps and can support most online activities (other than multiplayer gaming—but hopefully your employees aren’t playing Fortnite on the clock anyway).
Once you hit the data allotment, your speeds will slow—dropping to around 1 to 3 Mbps. You can keep using data for the rest of the billing cycle, but everything will be a lot slower—whether that’s ringing up purchases for your customers, sending emails, or anything else. Some internet activities might not work at all.
If you’re coming up short every month, you can always bump up to a bigger internet plan (the easy route) or buy additional Data Tokens as needed, which are actually pretty cost-effective.
Should I get satellite internet for my small town business?
You should get satellite business internet if your business is internet-dependent and located in an area without cable, fiber, DSL, wireless, or standard types of internet connection. Some small towns don’t have many options, which is why satellite internet is often selected even though it’s usually slower and more expensive than other types of internet service.. Even in very rural areas you can usually get a satellite business plan.
Keep in mind that any kind of satellite or mobile data connection will require some data budgeting, since these types of services generally have data caps. If you are checking emails and printing packaging labels all day, you might not need much data and satellite internet will work well.
But data limits are tricky to navigate for people working with large image files, like photographers, designers, and YouTube-ers. If you use lots of data—or your customers are streaming video all day at your laundromat—then check out every other option first because satellite internet’s data cap can be a real bummer.