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HughesNet recently launched their Gen5 plans in 2017 to enhance your internet experience. These all new plans have the fastest satellite internet speeds available in America from coast to coast. HughesNet Gen5 plans have more data than ever before. HughesNet also introduced additional services to make sure take advantage of your data each month:
All four HughesNet Gen5 plans come with the Bonus Zone, which gives you 50 GB of Data FREE to use between the hours of 2.a.m. and 8a.m. This additional data does not count towards your data plan and requires no additional action from you. This is a great window of time to download any large files or updates to your game systems, tablets, computers, or smartphones.
Tired of paying overages or getting disconnected when you hit your data caps? With HughesNet Gen5 plans overages are a thing of the past. If you reach your monthly cap, you can still surf the internet at reduced speeds between 1Mbps and 3 Mbps. You also have the option to purchase a Data Token to return to 25 Mbps download speeds.
HughesNet Gen5 automatically adjusts the resolution of streamed videos to DVD quality (480p), which allows you to watch your streaming services up to three times longer than HD (1080p). You do have the ability to opt-out of this feature temporarily or permanently. If you do switch this setting, make sure to check your usage meter because HD (High Definition) videos consume a larger amount of data than SD (Standard Definition) videos. The new Gen5 plans also use SmartTechnologies to compress web content so that websites load faster and use less data.
The HughesNet usage meter allows you see the exact amount of data that you have used in real time. It also breaks down how much data you are expected to use based off of the current amount of data already used. If you are worried about hitting your monthly cap, you also have the option to purchase a data token that resets your data limit.
HughesNet Gen5 plans work well for accessing streamed services through gaming systems such as Xbox LIVE® and the Playstation Network. You can also easily play strategy or turned-based games. However, due to latency issues with satellite networks, rapid response and real-time games are not able to maintain a connection. Latency refers to the time it takes a signal to travel to the satellite and back down to your dish, which is about 45,000 miles. This causes a half-second pause in your devices communication, causing real-time games to pause or buffer. When doing any sort of gaming or streaming with HughesNet, be sure to check your usage meter because these activities require a significant amount of data.
Built-in WiFi, allows the whole family to connect their devices to the internet wirelessly. The HughesNet dual-band 802.11ac modem delivers wireless frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 2.4 GHz band allows your WiFi signal to reach a larger area and the 5 GHz band transmits the signal at faster speeds. If you want to be able to browse the internet anywhere in your home, connect with the 2.4 GHz band, but because the 2.4 GHz band is more susceptible to interference, it is not as fast. If you want to stream movies and music, use the 5 GHz band. As an added security bonus, you can create a guest WiFi network for any visitors.
The new EchoStar XIX satellite with Jupiter Technology allows anyone in the U.S. to connect to internet, coast-to coast. This satellite has double the capacity of EchoStar XVII, which has been in orbit since 2012, giving customers more data and faster speeds. HughesNet has been ranked number one by the FCC for the past 2 years for delivering advertised speeds to customers.