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HughesNet Broadband Internet Access Plans

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Home Satellite Broadband.
$59.99 700 kbps 128 kbps Unlimited Buy Now
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Pro Satellite Broadband.
$69.99 1000 kbps 200 kbps Unlimited Buy Now
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$79.99 1500 kbps 200 kbps Unlimited Buy Now

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HughesNet is the high-speed Internet solution that's available to everyone in the contiguous U.S. with a clear view of the southern sky. HughesNet uses satellite technology to give you a super-fast, always-on Internet connection—so you can enjoy the Internet the way it was meant to be. HughesNet gets you online instantly, lets you surf and open pages faster and download files in a fraction of the time it takes a dial-up modem.

How does it work?

HughesNet delivers high-speed Internet over satellite—not over your telephone line—so you can surf and talk at the same time. A certified HughesNet installer will connect your computer to a satellite modem and link it to a satellite dish (antenna) that’s typically mounted on the roof of your home. The satellite dish sends and receives information (i.e., email, Web pages, files) over the Internet and delivers it your computer almost instantly!

HughesNet is brought to you by HUGHES, the leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions for consumers, businesses, and government. For over 30 years, Hughes has delivered satellite products and services around the world, with more than 800,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in 85 countries. Hughes pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet services, which it markets globally under the HughesNet brand.

HughesNet (formerly DirecWay) is the brand name of the one-way and two-way satellite broadband Internet technology and service in U.S. and Europe owned by Hughes Network Systems. The service was originally called DirecPC and was only available as a one-way satellite Internet option (uploading was accomplished with a dial-up modem connection). The original consumer DirecPC service launched in October 1996.

Technology
HughesNet (then DirecWay) satellite Internet systems used to require both a home PC along with a special DirecWay-compatible USB modem. The original dial-up return (one-way) system used a single USB modem, while the satellite return (two-way) system used to use a special dual USB modem that interfaces with the subscriber's computer. The DW3000 USB modem were once used with one-way setups, while DW4000 USB were used on existing two-way customers' systems.

The DW6000 and DW7000 modems are newer products that have several major improvements over the older DW4000, including automatic software upgrades over the network, a smaller box, an ethernet connection instead of the USB interface, and it hosts an IP router.

The HughesNet satellite Internet system uses FSS-type Ku band satellites for transmission of data from the HughesNet network operations center's Internet connection to its customers' personal computers. In contrast, competitor WildBlue uses Ka band transmission.

HughesNet sales associates claim there is an FCC requirement to be "2-way microwave transmission" certified to install a 2-way satellite setup. This is true, but not actively enforced. The FCC recommends that you become trained in the proper methods of pointing a 2-way dish under 2 watts. Above that, you need a license to operate 2-way satellite. HughesNet systems are typically 1 watt, however some are 2 watts or 4 watts depending upon the upstream maximum data rate and class of service.

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