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My 1st HughesNET Gen 5 Setup & Connection

Difficult to Ignore

I pulled the trigger on our “Plan B” Internet provider source — HughesNET Gen 5. (Plan A is a Verizon data plan.)

Received all the equipment for my portable setup from yesterday. Can’t say enough about this company and Barb Nolley. Very good to work with.

I really didn’t expect to get HughesNET up and running the first day as it’s pretty complicated compared to what I’m used to — setting up a DISH TV portable antenna. Similar principles, but a HughesNET Gen 5 dish is more hairy and a lot bigger. The round fiberglass HughesNET Gen 5 dish is .98 meter (3′ 3″) . . . and it’s heavy.

There were some minor gotchas, like this:

Two Washers Needed, Only 1 Provided


And the download speed was much slower than I was expecting . . .

1st HughesNET Gen 5 Speed Test


Nevertheless, so far so good. I’ll post more info shortly.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. First of all, well done on getting it all together and online! 🙂

    Regarding the 2nd washer (typo in your caption, BTW), Joe has never needed two, but the dish is probably the only thing we don’t set up fully before shipping. We just inspect and make sure it looks OK. We’re wondering if Hughes changed the length of the bolts. We will definitely check this detail out.

    Regarding your download speeds, that is absolutely not normal, but it sometimes starts out sluggish and improves quickly with use. Users have been seeing at least the 25 Mbps advertised and many are seeing more!

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Barb Nolley

    June 27, 2018
  2. No, that is very good signal … we’ve seen higher, but not much other than maybe in the very center of the beam. 😉

    June 27, 2018

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