A word of warning to my fellow CD freaks: avoid Hughes satellite service! Yes, this includes Hughes, HughesNet, DirecTV, DirecWay, et al. The service is absolutely abhorrent.
Any kind of fog or precepitation will interupt the television signal. Quite frequently, the audio will become so distorted and messed that I feel its damaging my speakers at times. Any Hughes customer will know exactly what I’m talking about. What do people do on rainy days? Watch TV! Don’t plan on doing that with Hughes.
If you’re even THINKING of using their internet service, you need a swift smack to the head to wake you from the delusion of obtaining even usable service from this joke of a telecommunications provider. A nice little bit of the fine print in your plan includes what’s called the Fair Access Policy. Don’t get suckered in by this DCE-like spin on the term (DRM=DCE or Digital Consumer Enablement; fuck you, HBO).
With FAP, you get to download 200MB per day. That is nothing at all. That is not even dialup speed if you calculate that out:
200MB = 204800KB.
1 day = 24 hours = 1440 minutes = 86400 seconds.
204800KB/86400sec. = 2.37KB/sec. = 19kbps
. . .and that’s giving them the beneit of the doubt. They probably interpret the 200MB figure in base-10; in which case it would be 2.31KB/sec. Broadband is technically 128kbps, right? They advertise broadband internet access, so how can they get away with delivering 14K speeds? Hughes sells you service under false premises. Wonderful.
That sure sounds like it’s worth $60/month on top of the $400+ for the equipment, doesn’t it? You can pay 5X the price of dialup for half the speed! What a deal, HughesNet. Thanks.
The draw, of course, is the ability to use this 200MB/day allotment whenever you like at speeds of 100KB/sec. So, on a ~800kbps down pipe with an allotment of 200MB means I can use it for:
800kbps = 100KB/sec.
200MB = 204800KB
(204800KB / 1 day) / (100KB / sec.) = 2048 sec. / 1 day = 34.13 minutes / 1 day
I get to use my satisfactory access to the infrastructure for a whole 34.13 minutes a day. What a deal; what a deal. Where would I be without you, Hughes?
Like the television service, the internet service will go out if there moderately indecent weather. Hell, even overcast can kill the internet connection. The customer service is on par with the rest of the service, too. My biweekly call to bitch about the service is always met by some Indian with the thick accent. Hughes cuts all possible corners. With the ridiculous throughput thresholds, the poor quality of service, and cheap-ass support staff, I wonder if this whole operation is run by a guy in his basement.
Do yourselves a favor by not buying into the FUD spouted out by Hughes themselves to hook you in.