HughesNet Satellite Internet Review

Rating: 9.1 / 10 (Excellent)
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HughesNet is a high speed satellite internet service that provides internet access to homes across the contiguous United States. It offers an alternative to cable-based internet services by directly providing this to home via satellite technology. HughesNet makes it possible for rural homes or those without access to standard internet services to enjoy high-speed internet. HughesNet has a variety of internet packages that all offer download speeds of 25 Mbps with built-in WIFI and no hard data limits. Even if you exceed your plan data, they won’t cut you off or charge you more.


Internet Plans


Monthly Price




10 GB





20 GB


$49.99 for 12 months (new subscribers only)



30 GB


$69.99 for 12 months (new subscribers only)



50 GB


$99.99 for 12 months (new subscribers only)




HughesNet does provide a generous amount of data across its plans. The company practices a Fair Access Policy that regulates the amount of data usage for each customer. It limits the amount of data uploaded or downloaded with a one-month billing period. Customers who exceed this limit can experience a reduction in internet speed.

*** Speeds are not guaranteed. Monthly Data is the sum of the Anytime and Bonus Zone. Actual speeds during the Bonus Zone period will likely be lower than speeds indicated.

Plan Details


Contract Length

24 months

Activation Fee


Leasing Fee

$14.99 per month

Cancellation Fee

Up to $400


*** If you cancel after activation but before the end of your 24-month term commitment, you will be charged a Service Termination Fee of up to $400. The exact amount of the Service Termination Fee will be $400 for the first ninety (90) days after activation of the HughesNet Service. Thereafter, the amount will decrease by $15 per month for each month of active Service.


Features and Services

HughesNet comes with free email and a suite of internet targeted features. HughesNet Gen5 automatically compresses and optimizes Web content with built-in SmartTechnologies, to make Web pages load faster while using less of your data. Its data allowance is already considerable but Bonus Zone allows more savings on your monthly daily allowance. In case you manage your data allowance, its Data Token service allows you to replenish this with an additional fee of course.

  1. Data token
  2. Bonus Zone (2 am to 8 am)
  3. Email
  4. Vacation plan
  5. Data-saving Features -

HughesNet Gen5 also includes new data-saving features to get the most out of your service: 

  • Automatically adjusts streaming video for great picture quality while using less data.
  • Automatically compresses and optimizes Web content with built-in SmartTechnologies to make Web pages load faster and use less data.

Support Services

  • 24/7 support
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Online chat
  • Technical support


Satellite Internet at HughesNet

Internet services, whether satellite or cable-based, are all about speed, reliability and pricing. HughesNet does come with cheaper monthly plans and download speeds of 25 Mbps, which should satisfy the needs of most anyone nowadays. HughesNet comes with good credentials and delivers solid internet services especially for areas without reliable internet services.   


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Customer Comments & Reviews

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Tracie D
Seattle, Washington
My 85-year old father recently contacted Dish TV about getting a package deal for TV service and also internet (which they bundled through Hughes Net). A Dish representative came out and set up both the TV and the internet. He explained my father would have both; it was a 2 year contract and didn't explain that the internet plan was a 'Data' plan - mostly used with cell phones. Residential areas mainly need 'speed' plans due to different requirements. Computer internet usage in residential areas is often determined by Windows upgrading itself or security updates or even streaming on TVs. My dad uses internet for both his computer and TV (and even his house phone). They never said that... Read More

Richard F
Chico, California
The only thing worse than Hughes net's internet service is their customer service. For months we upgraded our package and NEVER received the bandwidth that we paid for. Customer service had HUNG UP on us more than once. Stated that an internet provider doesn't have the ability to send an email (they must use their own service), and blamed our equipment as the reason our service was sub-par (four laptops, three tablets, three smart phones where all defective apparently). After paying over $170 per month for service that was slower than my cell data 4G connection, Hughes wanted to charge us anywhere between $300-$600 to terminated their service, the amount changed with every service rep... Read More

Mancelona, Michigan
We recently had HughesNet internet and phone service installed at our home. We had been on DSL at about 6 mbs download speed with frequent outages. We signed up for speed of 25 mbs. The HughesNet speed is even slower than our old DSL. Very frustrating and now facing their very high discontinue charge.

Norma C
Cedar Hill, Missouri
I have the Gen 5. It is not fast. You have a choice of how much gyg-a-bites you want for what they call high speed. Once you use your gigs for the month the speed gets slower. You can buy more gigs if you want. Also, it goes out when it rains. The best kind of Internet is cable.

Gary P
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
I have the pro plan internet is good if you dont want to watch any video, youtube, netflix, firestick, all need better speed and connection only good for looking up general info not real high speed internet.

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  • Worry-free professional installation
  • Internet service starts at $39.99 per month
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Smart Technology
  • Bonus bytes
  • Purchase additional data with Restore Token