If you are on HughesNet satellite internet, you may have heard about the HughesNet Bonus Zone. This is an extra service HughesNet provides its customers free of charge to help ensure they get the most out of their high-speed internet coverage. By taking advantage of this bonus zone, you will have more data to use throughout the month without worrying about whether you’re going over your cap.
Here’s a closer look at how the HughesNet Bonus Zone works.
What is the Bonus Zone?
The HughesNet Bonus Zone is a time slot in the day where you can get extra time for high-speed data downloading and uploading with your HughesNet satellite internet service. This is designed to help you save your data plan from being overwhelmed by large file transfers each month.
The HughesNet Bonus Zone occurs between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. each day for residential customers. During this time, you will receive extra high-speed data transfer privileges (check your individual plan details to see the exact amount). If you go over your allotted amount during this time, don’t worry—you won’t be cut off or charged any more. Instead, you still stay connected at a reduced speed, which will typically be 1 to 3 Mbps.
Big data transfers can soak up a lot of data without you even realizing it. This includes software updates, uploading video files, downloading large files or a large folder or files, system updates for your Mac or Windows computer and many other situations. Even watching a lot of videos in HD or UHD 4k can take up a lot of data from your monthly high-speed internet allotment.
This situation doesn’t just apply to your computer. Downloads, uploads and updates also occur on your smartphone and tablet devices on a regular basis. The issue can be especially noticeable with smartphone and tablet updates, as these often happen automatically and can really eat up your data.
How to use the Bonus Zone
Using the Bonus Zone is simple—as a HughesNet customer, you don’t need to do anything, really. All data transferred between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. is automatically counted toward the Bonus Zone and not against the data from your service plan.
To make the most of this service, it’s a good idea to schedule any regular updates to take place during this time. It’s best to make sure your device is plugged in and turned on nightly (it can be in sleep mode) to make sure the update cycle will be completed without interruption. If you have a big upload or download to take care of, you may also be able to schedule it to take place during this time.
Call a professional
When you need satellite TV or internet installation in your home or business, it’s important to hire an experienced company that knows not only the installation process, but also the specific features of the service itself. When you need the best sales and installation services for HughesNet Bonus Zone or any other satellite internet service, contact JDS Systems today.