Experiencing the “HughesNet WiFi not working” for a while now? Here’s the solution!
Many things could have a negative impact on your WiFi’s functionality and be aware of them is essential to networking.
In this guide, we’ll get you familiar with the most common factors, that could interrupt your WiFi router’ signal and how to properly handle them!
To fix when HughesNet WiFi isn’t working, Hard Reset the network device and then settle any wireless interference that has occurred in your setup. Simply disconnect unused devices on your network and Factory Reset the router/modem in your setup!
To acquire a better understanding of why this problem occurs in the first place, keep reading!
You’ll be amazed by how many things could actually have an impact on your network’s functionality.
On one side, there are essential factors, such as paying your subscription on time, installing the router correctly and properly connecting with the WiFi.
On the other hand, simple things such as interference, could make your WiFi unbearably slow or even make it go offline at certain times.
Here are all of the causes wrapped up:
- A problem with the Network Device
- There is a Temporal Outage in HughesNet’s network
- An issue with Wireless Interference in your setup
- No bandwidth left available in your network’s resource cache
- Problems with your HughesNet Subscription Payment
After taking a look at these, you should be ready to troubleshoot!
We’ll be covering all of the following causes in our upcoming guide, so make sure to keep reading!
Since our guide is designed for step-by-step troubleshooting, it is essential to follow the order of our solutions and not to skip any.
Even if you’ve already tried a method of ours, do it again for the sake of the step-by-step design of your solutions and tips.
Let’s dive into the guide!
The first thing you should do is perform a Hard Reset on your Network Device, to clear up the problem with the HughesNet WiFi.
This is the best universal solution known so far, that’ll settle problems with your HughesNet network installation, related to the WiFi.
The Hard Reset consists of cutting the power to your network device until both the software and hardware are refreshed, which usually takes about 5 minutes.
Here’s how to do it:
- Press the Power Button on your HughesNet Router (or Router & Modem combo).
- Wait for the device(s) to shut down.
- Unplug the Power Adapter of your network device.
- Stand by for 5 minutes while the device’s power is disconnected.
- Re-attach the power cable of the router or other network device to the source.
- Turn on the unit and wait for it to fully start up.
- Test the WiFi…
You’ll know that the WiFi has become online after the Hard Reset, once the WiFi LED Light starts to blink and then turns solid green. Once this happens, test the WiFi connectivity.
Alert: Make sure that your secondary device does not auto-connect to another network.
If the problem is with the receiving device (your phone, laptop or PC), you could try to forget and re-add the HughesNet network.
This way, you’ll delete a faulty settings profile that has probably impacted the functionality and data transfer between the router and your device.
- By forgetting the WiFi Network, you’ll have all of its settings flushed
Follow these instructions to get the HughesNet WiFi deleted and re-added:
- On your phone (or another device), navigate to Settings.
- Press “WiFi”.
- Locate the HughesNet WiFi.
- Make sure that you’re connected, even if there is no internet.
- Press the “Info” or “Network Settings” button.
- Press “Disconnect & Forget this Network”.
- In the “Discoverable Networks” section, look for HughesNet WiFi.
- Select the connection and type the password.
- Hit the “Connect” button.
- Wait for your device to hook up to the WiFi.
Alert: Make sure that the WiFi password you’ve inserted is spelt correctly.
Perhaps, the issue is with your receiving device’s WiFi, rather than the network itself.
Such problems with the implemented WiFi receiver of your device could often impact the connection, make it poor or prevent your device from connecting at all.
Simply, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the Settings of your device.
- Access the WiFi Tab.
- At the top of the page, press the slider to deactivate WiFi.
- Head back into your receiving device’s Power Menu.
- Press the “Reboot” option, to make your device restart.
- Wait for the restart’s full duration.
- Once your device starts up, activate the WiFi.
- Connect to the HughesNet WiFi.
The WiFi feature must be turned off by the time you’re rebooting the receiving device or there won’t be any point in doing this, so keep this in mind.
Tip: For better restart efficiency of your device, turn it OFF and then turn it back on!
Chances are that some sort of wireless WiFi interference exists in your setup, preventing your receiving device from having a reliable connection.
Wireless interference is not something uncommon and is frequently met throughout the various user setups.
- Furniture on top of your network device or near its antennas
- Too many cables in the setup of the network device
- a nearby Bluetooth or other Network Device
- The router simply being too far away from you
Now is a good time to get you familiar with the difference in networks!
- 2.4 GHz WiFi Networks – Average or less than the average speed with good range (up to 50-70 meters) and the signal could travel through objects and walls.
- 5 GHz WiFi Networks – Faster, but bulkier WiFi signal. Has coverage of about 20-30 meters and cannot travel very well through walls and hard surfaces
Based on your own HughesNet Network and WiFi thread (checked on a sticker underneath the network device), you should re-adjust the location of the unit.
Tip: If using a 5GHz WiFi signal, make sure you stand closer to the router/network device.
Another thing about networks and WiFi threads is that they could become exhausted of bandwidth.
Whenever that occurs, the network will automatically start disconnecting paired devices, to preserve the little bandwidth (network resources) that have been left over.
To properly handle this situation, your only way out is to reduce the number of connected devices.
Make sure that you only disconnect devices that are no longer in use or are being used rarely by your or your family members.
The difference in bandwidth between average, low speed and fast networks are large, you should immediately notice the difference.
Tip: Connect devices to your network only when you have to use them yourself.
If nothing so far worked, then we will get you familiar with our most powerful solution, the Factory Reset.
As the title of the solution suggests, we’ll be performing a total data wipeout of your network device, for the sake of repairing the WiFi threads’ connectivity.
You should keep in mind that the Factory Reset will erase all contents, settings and features established on your network setup.
As a precaution from that, you could take screenshots of the saved settings profile, to have an easy time re-apply it later.
Here’s how to Factory Reset your HughesNet Router (or other Network Device):
- Make sure that the network unit is plugged in.
- Search for a Reset Button on the back of the device.
- Press and hold the reset button for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Let go of the button once that time has elapsed.
- Wait for your network device to reset.
As a result of holding the reset button for 15 seconds, the router or other HughesNet network device will start blinking amber light.
Make sure to wait out the blinking’s full duration, after which you could proceed using your router, once the setup is complete.
Note: Undergo the HughesNet web setup, once the factory reset concludes.
Thus, to fix when HughesNet WiFi not working, perform a Hard Reset on your router and pare down the number of connected devices. After doing this, check your setup for interference and have your network device undergo a Factory Reset process.
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.