Review: HughesNet “Classic” (Satellite Internet)

hughesnet-classic-satellite-mobile-internet-review

This device has been discontinued and we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing this device.



Got Coverage?

Potential Current Option: HughesNet Gen 5

HughesNet (www.hughesnet.com) has long been the leader in consumer- grade satellite internet, and in some rural areas HughesNet remains one of the few affordable options for getting online.

Though HughesNet never officially directly supported mobile users, there used to be several companies that provided the equipment and training to allow for tripod-mounted HughesNet dishes to be taken on the road.

Commercial partners also officially resold HughesNet service (at a slight markup) paired with auto-aiming roof-mounted dishes, like the classic MotoSAT Datastorm.



Got Coverage?

But as HughesNet has evolved to focus consumer offerings exclusively on next generation residential spot-beam service, it has grown increasingly eager to migrate customers away from the old satellites and service plans.

And unfortunately for RVers – the new spot-beam equipment and plans from HughesNet are NOT mobile compatible, and are only suitable for fixed location installation.

Though some grandfathered customers remain roaming the country using older HughesNet HN7000S satellite modems with legacy service, as of 2014 HughesNet has made it nearly impossible to activate new consumer- grade service using older equipment.

The days of taking a cheap HughesNet plan on the road are essentially all but over.

Specifications

Testing Status: We had a tripod setup from 2010-2013.

MIA-final_FullColor web

The Rest of this Review is:
Member Only Content

We are thrilled & honored to be primarily member & reader funded - allowing us to present unbiased content. The in-depth review section of this product listing is part of the premium membership benefits of joining. Members can also leave their own reviews on products.

If you're a member, please log in above to read the in-depth review for this product and/or leave your own review. If you've not joined yet, learn more about membership at:

Become a Mobile Internet Aficionados Member

Purchasing Options

If you are looking to buy older gear, here are some resources:

  • OregonRV.net buys up old equipment, and refurbishes and resells it to consumers.
  • RFMogul.com is a group of former MotoSAT engineers who provide new Datastorm controller software and upgrade options for old controllers too.
  • Datastorm Users Group - You can sometimes find individual listings here.
HughesNet Ratings
  • Overall Ratings

Quick Take

Though some grandfathered customers remain roaming the country using older HughesNet HN7000S satellite modems with legacy service, as of 2014 HughesNet has made it nearly impossible to activate new consumer- grade service using older equipment.
The days of taking a cheap HughesNet plan on the road are essentially all but over.

0
Comments Rating 0 (0 reviews)

Members, Please Log In to Comment on this Article.