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Learn To Use Pinterest In 5 Easy Steps

Posted by: on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Categories: About HughesNet

Whether you want to use Pinterest for your business or for personal reasons, such as planning a baby shower or birthday party, setting up an account and building out Pinterest boards can be done in 5 easy steps. Using your HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service makes this even easier.

Step 1: Create a Pinterest account

When you create your Pinterest account, you can sign up with either Facebook or a personal email address. If you choose to sign in using your Facebook account, Pinterest can see your Facebook friends and let you know who is already using Pinterest. You’ll also be encouraged to invite your Facebook friends to join Pinterest.

Step 2: Pick and Pin your interests

Once you have an account created, start searching through Pinterest and “Pin” images and topics that appeal to you. Pin as much as you like! A Pin on Pinterest is like a digital stickpin that you would use to post things to a picture board.

However, you aren’t just limited to pictures. Pinterest has grown to include recipes, makeup tutorials, DIY projects, and more.

Following other Pinterest members and their boards will help populate your Pinterest feed on your homepage. Whenever you log in to Pinterest, new Pins from people and boards you follow will appear on your feed.

Step 3: Organize it all on Pinterest boards

Pinterest boards allow you to organize your Pins in a way that makes sense to you. For example, if you enjoy cooking, you may consider creating a Pinterest board that has nothing but recipes and mouth-watering food images.

Creating a Pinterest board is as easy as Pinning. To create a board, simply click on the plus button next to your profile picture. You’ll have the option of uploading a Pin, adding a Pin from a website, or creating a board.

You can also create boards that aren’t visible to others. This might come in handy if you are planning a surprise party and only want a few friends’ opinions and suggestions for ideas.

Pinterest also allows you to invite others to add Pins to your boards. These are called group boards. You can invite people and remove people or Pins. Group boards are great for sharing pictures from a recent trip, brainstorming a private event, or sharing things you want to keep among a small group of friends or family.

Step 4: Explore and discover

Pinterest also helps you find new interests with a full list of categories, including topics such as:

  • Animals
  • Fashion
  • Health & fitness
  • Gifts
  • Home décor
  • Kids
  • Travel
  • Weddings
  • Quotes

These categories can give you fresh ideas for your Pinterest boards and help you find new boards and people to follow. You can also do a simple search on Pinterest if you are looking for something more specific.

Step 5: Invite others to Pinterest

Inviting your Facebook friends and email contacts to Pinterest can help you discover new interests or things you may have in common. By following others, browsing through various Pinterest categories, or just searching for specific ideas, you can find creative and inspiring ways to approach any project in your life.

What Equipment Do You Need for Satellite Internet?

Posted by: on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Categories: About HughesNet

Getting equipment for your rural Internet service is easy. Plus, with HughesNet high-speed Internet, you can get flexible options to fit your budget. Choose to lease your satellite Internet equipment, or purchase your equipment to keep over the years.

Here are the satellite Internet tools use to get online with HughesNet Internet service:

HughesNet satellite

HughesNet uses ground-breaking satellites to provide high-speed Internet service to more people than ever before. All you need in order to access great satellite Internet is a clear view of the southern sky. Even in rural settings, the high-tech satellite signal can reach your home.

HughesNet primarily uses one satellite in geosynchronous orbit to connect users to the Web: the EchoStar XVII with Jupiter high-throughput technology.

Satellite dish

The next important piece of equipment for satellite Internet service is your home’s satellite dish.  This will be mounted by your local HughesNet-authorized installation professional and will give you access to high-speed Internet. The signal from the satellite in space to your satellite dish will be verified during the installation process.


After the satellite dish is mounted to or around your home, it can be connected through a coaxial cable to the room where the modem will be located. The modem will interpret the satellite signal and communicate with your computer.

PC or Mac

Another essential part of your satellite Internet equipment is your PC or Mac. HughesNet Gen 4 satellite Internet works great with both PC and Mac operating systems. Both systems can communicate with your modem to connect to the Web. Connect your PC or Mac so you can start surfing the Web in no time.

Wireless router (optional)

Some satellite Internet providers may suggest that you use a wireless router with your rural Internet service. These routers allow for multiple devices to be connected on one home Internet network. Depending on the plan you choose for your home, you could get the whole family connected at once.

Wireless device (optional)

If you choose a wireless router for your home, pair wireless rural Internet service with your favorite device. Wi-Fi in your home is possible with any device of your choice—laptops, e-readers, tablets, and more!

Check off this list to get a great satellite Internet browsing experience that will be perfect for your high-tech home and high-speed lifestyle.

How Do I Reset My HughesNet Modem?

Posted by: on Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Categories: About HughesNet

When you order HughesNet satellite Internet, you won’t have to hassle with cables and wires. The Internet service provider in your area will send a HughesNet-authorized installer  to your home with all the necessary equipment – including a modem. The professional will mount a satellite dish and install your modem. In no time, you’ll have wireless Internet for your home, even if you live in a rural area.

HughesNet Customer Care

The installer will also activate your modem and help you register at On this website, you’ll find HughesNet Customer Care, where you can:

  • Easily contact HughesNet’s customer service representatives
  • Explore FAQs
  • Complete a system performance test
  • View and pay bills

Connect your computer to the HughesNet modem

To connect to the modem in your home, simply use a PCMCIA adapter with an Ethernet connection or a 10/100 Ethernet Network Interface Card. When you receive your modem, you’ll also get an Ethernet cable that can be used to connect [what with what?]. Don’t be overwhelmed – a HughesNet-authorized professional will take care of the entire satellite Internet installation process for you, including the modem setup.

Reset your modem

Reset your HughesNet modem literally at the touch of a button. You’ll find the reset button either on the back or at the base of your modem, depending on which model you have. Because the button is extremely small, you might need to use something pointed to hold the button, such as a toothpick or a ballpoint pen.

Hold the button down until all the lights on the modem turn off and then back on. If your modem model does not have a reset button, simply unplug the modem. Plug it back in after at least one minute.

Order HughesNet satellite Internet

Call a HughesNet Internet service provider in your area today to get affordable high-speed Internet anywhere in the country. Thanks to advanced satellite technology, HughesNet provides faster speeds than dial-up and reaches homes that cable Internet can’t.

Multiple users can log on at once to stream music, download movies, and upload photos. You’ll always be able to contact HughesNet customer service representatives. And as long as you have a clear view of the southern sky, you’ll have access to high-speed Internet with HughesNet.

Fun Facts about HughesNet’s EchoStar XVII Satellite

Posted by: on Friday, September 13th, 2013
Categories: About HughesNet

HughesNet launched their most advanced satellite yet –EchoStar XVII – into geostationary orbit in July 2012. And with the new satellite came a whole new generation of satellite Internet technology:  HughesNet Gen4.

Here are some fun facts about EchoStar XVII and HughesNet Gen4 satellite broadband:

EchoStar XVII is located at longitude 107° West

This meridian runs between the North and South Poles, crossing over Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico on its way. EchoStar XVII moves in geostationary orbit along this line: 22,236 miles above the Earth.

EchoStar XVII means faster satellite broadband . . .

EchoStar XVII provides HughesNet with better performance and faster speeds for HughesNet Gen4 – up to 15Mbps. Gen4 offers download speeds of up to 5 to 15Mbps. That’s comparable to many cable and DSL Internet services.

. . . so you can do more online

HughesNet Gen4 is equipped to handle almost anything you want to do online, from streaming to downloading to gaming. Catch up with your favorite TV shows online. Video chat with friends and family. Update your social media profiles. Listen to music, watch video clips, and more.

HughesNet Gen4 gives you greater flexibility . . .

With HughesNet Gen4 from EchoStar XVII, customers have more data – and greater flexibility to use it.

So it’s okay if you use the Internet for hours one day and not at all the next – with Gen4, it’s up to you.

. . . and more freedom

Choose from a number of different plans with HughesNet Gen4. Are you an avid Internet user? Get the Max or Pro plans – they’re great for everything from working from home to streaming videos.

Only go online occasionally? Choose a lower-speed, inexpensive plan like Choice or Prime.

EchoStar XVII expands HughesNet service

HughesNet already has more than 1.5 million customers. But EchoStar XVII brings HughesNet service to more places, increasing access to rural Internet across the country. And with EchoStar XVII, HughesNet is considering an expansion into India and Brazil.

Whether you use HughesNet for an urban or rural Internet connection, HughesNet Gen4, powered by EchoStar XVII, brings more speed – and better performance – to more places. Learn more about satellite Internet specials from our experts now!

HughesNet Gen4: What Is It?

Posted by: on Friday, August 16th, 2013
Categories: About HughesNet

If you’re considering satellite Internet for your home, you may be curious about the terms used to describe the service. If you’ve researched HughesNet satellite Internet, you might have wondered, “What exactly does HughesNet Gen4 mean?”

To put it simply, HughesNet Gen4 is a HughesNet-branded term that refers to HughesNet’s fourth generation of service. As leaders in the satellite Internet industry, HughesNet uses innovative satellite technology as a fantastic option for rural Internet.

If you enjoy the comfort of your small country town, HughesNet Gen4 is the best satellite Internet connection for your home. It’s always on, so you can get online easily with HughesNet Gen4 satellite Internet. With faster speeds and incredible download capacity, HughesNet Gen4 will amaze you.

The satellite Internet advantage

There are plenty of advantages to the newest technology in satellite Internet, such as HughesNet Gen4.  Do more of what you like to do online with better overall performance in your satellite Internet service.

Do more

Get improved Internet performance when you use HughesNet Gen4. Better support for your favorite applications will help you surf the web the way you want.

Use the faster connection to watch videos, stream music online, or use social networking sites.  Multi-tasking is easier when you get dramatically upgraded quality from HughesNet Gen4.

Better download speed

With your improved download capacity, take advantage of web browsing. Share photos, play interactive games, and even play videos.

More data allowance

With HughesNet Gen4, choose a higher data allowance to download more music, upload more videos, and watch more online videos. Get HughesNet Gen4 as your rural Internet service and enjoy more data allowance than ever before.

HughesNet Gen4 Plans

HughesNet Gen4 has four different service plans, some of them up to 15Mbps.

1)      Choice

  1. Great for one computer at home
  2. Download up to 5 Mbps
  3. Upload up to 1 Mbps

2)      Prime

  1. Perfect for web surfing, emailing, and photo sharing
  2. Download up to 10 Mbps
  3. Upload up to 1 Mbps

3)      Pro

  1. Great plan for sharing and using social media or social networking
  2. Download up to 10 Mbps
  3. Upload up to 2 Mbps

4)      Max

  1. Good for watching videos and streaming music online
  2. Download up to 15 Mbps
  3. Upload up to 2 Mbps

HughesNet Gen4 for your home

HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet. HughesNet Gen4 is a trusted service you can count on. HughesNet has invested $1 billion in satellite communications innovation and will continue to bring you the latest in satellite technology. As the largest consumer satellite Internet service in North America, HughesNet Gen4 is an excellent choice for your home.

Troubleshooting your HughesNet Equipment

Posted by: on Friday, July 19th, 2013
Categories: About HughesNet

Your HughesNet Internet connection is perfect for you. It’s high-speed, reliable, and affordable.
But sometimes, things happen that are out of your control – and ours. Windy days. Rain storms. Geographical issues.

We want to make sure your HughesNet satellite Internet is always there for you. So here are some troubleshooting FAQs to help get you back on track.

The website I’m on isn’t loading. What should I do?

  • Check the Transmit light on the front panel of your modem (the second light from the top). If it’s blinking quickly, that means it’s in the process of transmitting data. If it’s blinking infrequently, it’s ranging, or measuring the distance to the satellite to calibrate transmission.
  • Check the Receiving light on your modem, right below the Transmit light. If it’s blinking, that means that you’re in the process of receiving data, and your page will load shortly.

My satellite connection has been slower than usual. Why?

First, check inside:

  • Make sure that you’re not connected to a VPN. Connecting to a virtual private network can reduce your Internet speed by 50 to 75 percent. If you must connect to a VPN, be sure to log off as soon as possible to get your high-speed Internet back up and running.
  • Are several people using your network? Too many simultaneous users can reduce the speed of your HughesNet connection.
  • If you’ve gone over your monthly Data Allowance (between 10 and 40GB per month, depending on your plan), your Internet speed could slow down. Keep track of your data usage online at

Then, look outside:

  • Is it windy or storming? Severe weather conditions can affect your Internet connectivity.
  • Is there debris, such as snow or leaves, on your dish? Remove it and re-check your connection.
  • Has your satellite dish been moved? Are there branches or other objects obstructing your dish? Your satellite needs a clear view of the southern sky to connect.

I don’t think my satellite connection is on. How do I check?

  • Check the LAN light on the front panel of your modem (the very top light). If it’s off, that means you are not connected to the Internet or that your device is not working properly.
  • Check the System light on the front panel of your modem (the second one from the bottom). If it’s on, that means that you’re connected to the HughesNet Network Operations Center (NOC). If it’s off, you’re not totally connected, and your satellite connection will not work.
  • If you’re unsure your connection is working, visit to test your connectivity to the HughesNet NOC.

Still have questions?

If you have more questions or if you need technical support from a HughesNet expert, log into your HughesNet account at You can chat with technical support staff for around-the-clock assistance.

Test your connection and speed, and search user help guides. Or you can call your local HughesNet dealer to speak with customer care and technical support by phone.

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