How to Install a Netgear Router With Hughes Satellite

By Jonah Quant

You can add a Netgear router to your existing satellite Internet service.
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Hughes Network Systems sells high-speed Internet access over satellite. Each subscriber receives a HughesNet satellite modem; the modem bridges network packets between the subscriber's local (personal or business) network and HughesNet's connection to the Internet. Satellite modems do not have Wi-Fi capabilities. You can, however, configure your Netgear wireless router to provide a wireless network on top of the wired Internet connection provided by HughesNet.

Turn on the Netgear router. Connect an Ethernet cable to its "WAN" port; connect the other end of the cable to the satellite modem.

Connect the computer to any of the numbered ports on the back of the Netgear router, using the other Ethernet cable.

Launch a Web browser on the computer and navigate to the configuration menus for the router. The Web address depends on the router's model. For example, for a Netgear WPN824, the address is "".

Configure the basic characteristics of the wireless network. For example, for a WPN824, click "Wireless Settings." Enter a name of your choice for the wireless network into the "SSID" field. Select the region of the world where you are using the pull-down menu next to "Region," then select "g and b" from the "Mode" pull-down menu. Click "Apply." At that point, the Netgear router will be ready to provide a wireless network on the HughesNet connection.