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FAQ: HughesNet Installation

What powers HughesNet high-speed broadband Internet? The most cutting-edge satellite Internet equipment and technology to date, that’s what. But you don’t need an advanced engineering degree to get set up. In fact, once you place your order and book your installation time, you don’t have to do a thing. You can kick your feet up and relax, knowing your installation is in good hands with a certified professional HughesNet installer.

Question: What can I expect during a standard installation?

The HughesNet professional installer with install the HughesNet Wi-Fi Modem (with power supply) and will connect 2 devices, such as:

  • Desktop computer (connected to modem with a HughesNet supplied LAN cable)
  • Laptop
  • Tablet (Apple iPad, etc.)
  • Smartphone

You can ask your installer to connect additional devices like home networks at an additional cost, payable to the installer. Speak with them in advance for a quote.

A HughesNet satellite antenna (dish), radio, and mount will be located with a clear line of sight to the southern sky and at least 4 feet off the ground so that it is out of reach of small children. It also needs to accessible with a 24- to 25-foot ladder for quick and easy servicing should it ever be required. This is usually on the first level of the residence.

Up to 125 feet of dual RG-6 cable will be run from the antenna outside to the computer inside through a single exterior wall penetration to an adjacent interior wall. It will be terminated on the inside wall with a two-connector faceplate.

A grounding block is provided and the entire system is grounded to an NEC-approved bonding point.

All outdoor penetrations and water-resistant compression fitting are thoroughly weather-sealed.

Question: How quickly will I be up and running?

Hughes is proud to offer timely and flexible service that is most convenient for you. When you place your order, your HughesNet representative will check for available dates and times for HughesNet installation. You choose the time that works best for you. Because Hughes uses local installers in your area, most customers are installed within 5 days of their order however, next-day installation is often available. With the launch of Gen5, install times may be delayed due to a spike in demand for the service.

Question: Can the certified HughesNet installer also set up my home network and my wireless router?

Your installer will connect two devices during your installation appointment. However, you can ask your installer to connect additional devices like home networks at an additional cost payable to the installer. The installer will also set up the HughesNet Wi-Fi Modem which is included with your satellite internet system. You will not have to provide a wireless router any longer with HughesNet Gen5.

Question: What’s not included in a standard installation?

Every home is different and so is every HughesNet installation. That’s why certified HughesNet installers do a thorough, comprehensive evaluation of your setup requirements prior to installation. They will work with you to make sure you get the best setup possible. However, there may be some things that fall outside of standard HughesNet installation:

  • Custom work: This may include moldings or cosmetic hardware to hide cables, and non-penetrating roof, pole, or chimney mounts. Discuss complex installations with your technician before the work begins.
  • Previously mounted equipment: Removal or repair of this equipment falls outside standard installation procedure. However, this work may be performed with a signed Waiver of Liability.
  • Height: Mounting to a roof structure that exceeds one story in height.
  • Pole mounts: The pole mount is only included in standard installation when it’s needed for the satellite dish to have a clear view of the southern sky.

Question: What do I need to know before my HughesNet installation?

There are a few things to ask yourself prior to your scheduled HughesNet installation date:

1) Do you have a clear view of the southern sky?

In order for your dish to receive optimal signal and send information to the satellite in space, a clear line of sight to the southern sky is required. Without a clear view of the southern sky, you may have less than satisfactory service. To ensure that you receive the fastest speeds, be sure to remove any obstructions that may block your dish. Your technician will also check for any obstructions prior to installation.

2) Do you know the date and time of your scheduled installation?

Make sure you are home during the installation process. You must be over 18 years of age. Double-check your schedule to avoid any conflicts. Though the installation may finish sooner than expected, you’ll want to be around should any installation questions arise.

3) Do you have the right computer system requirements for HughesNet?

HughesNet is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, and 8 as well as with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and 10.9 (Mavericks).  You will need a PC with ethernet network capability, or a wireless router of your choice to use with your other wireless devices.

4) Which room in your home will house your computer and modem?

To ensure the fastest installation, make sure your computer is set up and ready for use. This will also allow the technician to quickly test your new HughesNet service once the modem has been set up and the connection established.

Should you have any other HughesNet installation questions, feel free to ask your knowledgeable HughesNet representative when you place your order. They are happy to help!