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Things to Do When You Have Hughesnet

Updated on August 12, 2013
I hope you didn't pay a lot for one of these, because you won't be using it much if you have Hughesnet.
I hope you didn't pay a lot for one of these, because you won't be using it much if you have Hughesnet. | Source

I hope some of you have been wondering where I've been. Allow me to enlighten you!

Since February of this year, when we moved to Western New York, we've had the scourge of internet providers. This lovely company is called Hughesnet, and they advertise amazing services on their television commercials. Speeds so much faster than dial-up. They even do this graphic thing that shows how much faster you can download a photo or an album than you can with dial-up.

We should have known that any company that compares itself to dial-up would be trouble.

There are a lot of things that the nice lady in the television commercial doesn't tell you about this "service." So, before I get into the list of things you can do with Hughesnet, let me explain to you some of the things you cannot do with Hughesnet.

Edit: In January of 2013, my (former) roommates switched from HughesNet to Exede satellite internet. For the purposes of this article, both HughesNet and Exede can be used interchangeably. With regards to internet providers, both of these are cut from the same cloth. Exede is noticeably faster than HughesNet, which just means you will run out of your daily allowance all the quicker.

The good news is that I no longer live in the country and I have a real internet provider - not one of those shady satellite companies.

This is what your computer will be doing when it is finally connected to HughesNet!
This is what your computer will be doing when it is finally connected to HughesNet! | Source

Things You Can Not Do When You Have Hughesnet

  • No streaming video. This means YouTube, Hulu, NetFlix and any other anything that you have to download.
  • No online music services. Goodbye Spotify and Pandora. It was fun while it lasted.
  • No downloading anything. You are allowed a specific amount of download megabytes per day and, if you exceed that number, you are pretty much shut down until such a time as they consider you having paid for your crimes.
  • No online gaming. And I'm not just talking Call of Duty here, you won't even be able to play Farmville.
  • No Skype. It uses too much of your download allowance to run.
  • Aunt Mabel likes to send pictures of your family out in Idaho. I hope she's sending them snail mail, or you won't be seeing them.
  • Is it raining or snowing? Is there a cloud in the sky nine towns over? Guess what? You won't be online. At all.
  • Do you use the internet for work? If you do, you may want to consider AFLAC for back-up income.
  • You know how your computer caches things so that pages won't take so long to load? Forget about that. Also, ads on websites kill your download allowance.

The bad thing is that I am really not exaggerating. In this day and age when information flies faster than we can even conceive of it, this company is charging users three to five times the price of DSL for sub-standard service. I won't even go into their shady business practices or making little old ladies climb ladders to get the dishes down when they finally get sick of the service and cancel.

Last Thursday, August 2, 2012, our service started degrading about 8PM. A call to Hughesnet promised us we would have a technician call us by Monday. Of course it didn't happen. Apparently it takes multiple calls to their outsourced customer service department to get anything done.

But.. there is hope. Verizon is working on their Fios service right down the hill!

In the meantime, if you are a multiple Hughesnet symptom sufferer as well, here are some things you can do when you have Hughesnet.

This woman obviously has an interent provider other tham HughesNet!
This woman obviously has an interent provider other tham HughesNet! | Source

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Things You Can Do When You Have Hughesnet

  • You can watch your grass grow... while CNN.com is loading.
  • You can paint your toenails three different colors while you're waiting for e-mail. If you use Gmail, you might as well paint your husband's toenails, too. It's going to be a while.
  • You can write a snail mail letter and send it to Zanzibar. It will get there quicker than your e-mail will.
  • You can lose lots of auctions on eBay, since trying to get your computer to log in so you can increase your max bid might take some time.
  • You can connect with friends and family, especially if you still have a telephone. Smoke signals also work better than your internet connection.
  • You can cook a pot of two-day chili. Just make sure you buy a recipe book in a real store.
  • You can and will find out how well you can use curse words.
  • You can feel depressed and left out when all of your friends are posting cool photos on Facebook and all you get is that sad little "X."

In closing, if you ever find yourself in a position where your only internet options are Hughesnet and dial-up, for the love of peanut butter.. TAKE THE DIAL-UP!

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© 2012 Georgianna Lowery

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazing in this day and age. I have missed you young lady! Here is a fact that will amaze you...when I was teaching in a remote native village in central Alaska, in the middle of the tundra, we had excellent internet service....go figure!

      Very funny hub but also sad!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Glad you made it back, I hope you can get that situation cleared up.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have heard that Hughesnet sucks. I have taken dial-up over them, just because I couldn't afford them. Now I am thankful. I have cable internet right now. Lovely to have something that works, except when they come over to fix something and shut you down right in the middle of something that you didn't save the location. I think they have a note in there file that I am a b***h. I yelled at them and they now let me know that they are shutting me off for a minute.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I didnt realize anyone in the US had internet service as bas as mine!

      By the way, I have 347 hairs on the back of my hand. How do I know this? I thank my ISP for all sorts of fun facts I have learned while sitting here (counting the bumps on my dogs nose, the dust bunnies under my desk...need I go on?)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I'm sorry to hear that, Georgie! When we were living at the farm 40 miles from the nearest anything, we were offered Hughesnet or wait 3 months for a technician to come out and plug the wireless modem into the telephone jack (I think I'm finally over the anger now). I'm really glad I opted OUT of Hughesnet. :) Hope things get better for you!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hey Georgie I saw my typo but couldn't fix it..guess why? Another thing to thank my ISP for. Should have read "as bad as mine", as I am sure you can relate.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Poor Georgie. I'm glad you made the effort to touch base with us. Yikes, if in the situation take dial-up! Your hubs is so witty!

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      Omnivium 4 years ago

      Sounds just like dial-up. Dial-up was the worst, I didn't even try to watch videos or play anything online.

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      Karina 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      I can feel your disappointment and frustration. Very funny hub though!

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      pmorries 4 years ago from Golden, CO

      I am glad your back, and I figure that because of your internet problem, you are probably 100 hubs behind schedule.

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      Robert Burroughs 4 years ago

      I love reading your Hubs. You have a pleasant and comical style. I like reading a rant that doesn't read like a rant.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I agree with you. I have Hughesnet, and its really slow and too expensive!!

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      I don't know why I never responded to comments here. I guess I'm a gigantic jerk! Two months in and we're being asked to pay a $400 deposit for a newer, faster dish that's going to give us less internet than we have now for more money. There's just no end to what these people will do.

      Thank you for the comments, even if I am a giant jerk!

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      alexis 4 years ago

      Hey no fair I have hugesnet and I can't watch your video at the end!

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      richard 3 years ago

      dude ur the best i have had hughesnet for like 7 mounths now the most fucking shity time of my life id rather go outside n stare at a tree for 18 hrs then to use fucking hughes net the cost to much money i spent 550 $ on internet for a mounth thinking hahha mouther fuckers ill never run out of time ....it was GREAT for like 3 days bewwwww lag so bad it makes dial up look like the fucking greatest shit on this fucking planet i wish i had a dozer so i could fucking impale this satilight n modem into the hell from wish it came

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      BILLKAY 3 years ago

      HUGHE'S NET SHOULD BE VIEWED ON BETTER BUSINESS BUREA (HOWEVER U SPELL IT.) THERE TV'S COMMERCIAL'S STINK.

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      R Johnson 3 years ago

      Hughesnet is the worst , period, restore tokens , RIPPOFF, cannot watch a movie or any video over 10 min, ,,,any business people with money to invest ,,,start an ISP , you will have more hughesnet customers flocking to you then you could handle ,,,,hughesnet ,,,,stinky

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      D Larson 2 years ago

      Three months into a contract, all sanity out of my household. (Not to mention all money out of my wallet...)

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      Wilburn Goddard 2 years ago

      I have no alternative to Satellite, and I've also had trouble with running out of my data allowance with Hughesnet. I know people on Exede and it's no better. I found a way to watch Netflix using Aterlo NightShift which preloads shows at night so I can watch them when I want to. Between this and just making sure none of my devices can do upgrades during the day, I've managed to not run out most months.

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