About our HughesNet internet speed test
The HughesNet satellite internet speed test measures your speed and internet performance by looking at three things:
- Download speed: This measures how quickly data travels from the server to your computer, which determines how quickly the content on a page loads and how high the quality of a video stream can be. According to the FCC, to qualify as a high-speed broadband internet, a connection must have at least 25 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed.
- Upload speed: This is how fast you can send data from your computer to the server. You upload data every time you upload a photo to social media or send an email. Some activities, like video calls, need a good upload speed to run smoothly.
- Latency: This measures how long it takes information to travel in a round trip from your computer to the server and back. Since satellite data must travel all the way to satellites in Earth orbit, the latency of satellite internet is very high. Latency is important for things like online gaming, where reaction time really counts.
When you take the speed test, a file is sent from the server to your computer, and then back again. By timing this information, the test can determine your download speed, upload speed, and latency.
Your internet speed can vary throughout the day. During periods of high internet traffic, usually in the evening, your connection speed might slow slightly. To get an accurate picture of how fast your HughesNet connection is, we suggest taking the speed test multiple times over the course of a day.