How do I configure my network/router?

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How do I configure my network/router with a HughesNet modem?
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Sara for Hughes

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Hi Tickers,
Specific configuration steps will depend which router and modem you have.
For step by step instructions on the most commonly used routers click here.
If you still have trouble my best advise is to contact your router's manufacturer. They would be able to give you router specific instructions.
I hope this helps! Sara
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I run a network?.
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John MacGugan

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I will add how IMPORTANT it is to properly configure your router. If you offer wireless access, make sure your WiFi broadcast is ENCRYPTED so your friends, neighbors, and enemies cannot get access to your computer and personal files. Hope that helps...
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Well it is frustrating to be told to contact your router manufacturer as most have no clue how to set up their router for satellite and will just tell you to contact Hughes who will tell you to contact the manufacturer.

So I wrote this a few years ago it is still applicable and works 90 percent of the time.

How do you network your home system?
This is how Hughes says to do it using a router.
DW6000, DW7000, HN7000S or HN9000 NAT router
Note: A router is not the best choice for this type of network. A better choice would be a hard wired hub or a wireless access point.
If you have no choice but to use a router follow the steps below to set it up to work with your network.
1. Disconnect your computer from the DW6000, DW7000, HN7000S or HN9000. You will reconnect it to the network later.
2. Establish communication between your PC and your router. If you are having trouble doing this please contact the manufacture or your router.
Note: Do NOT plug into the "WAN / Internet" port on your router.
3. On the router, you will need to make the following changes to the LAN settings or setup.
Consult the owner's manual for instructions on how to do this.
a. Disable the built in DHCP server.
b. Set its LAN IP address to
c. Set its LAN Subnet Mask to
d. Set its LAN Default Gateway to
Note: Not all routers will have these settings. If yours does not you should consider purchasing either a hard wired hub or a wireless access point. Also you may lose connectivity to your router after making these changes. If at any point you want to reset your router, most routers have a reset button on the back. Press and hold the reset button for at least 15 seconds. This will reset the router to its original factory settings and allow you to regain connectivity to it.
4. Plug the DW6000, DW7000, HN7000S or HN9000 into your router.
Note: Do NOT plug into the "WAN / Internet" port on your router.
5. Reboot your computer to renew its IP address.
6. At this point you should have internet connectivity. If you don't recheck each step carefully. You can also try resetting your router's settings and starting over. Most routers include a reset button on the back for this purpose. Press and hold the reset button for at least 15 seconds.
7. This concludes the network setup. Anytime you want to access the router's internal webpage browse to Anytime you want to access the DW6000, DW7000, HN7000S or HN9000's internal web page browse to
My thoughts are that this was written by a Network Engineer used to setting up multi computer offices and not understandable by average home users. Plus on most routers it will bypass most if not all of the routers firewall protection by not using the WAN port. Not critical as you are already behind the NOC firewall, but you never know.
It is way overkill for most home networks. Most inexpensive routers will work with Hughes modems right out of the box or with minimal setting changes.
You just bought a router why not use it as a router as it was intended to be used.
My Method of networking a home Hughes system:

1. Make sure the system is working properly with out any router in line, just the modem connected to the computer.
2. Disconnect the computer from the modem and connect it to the router thru any LAN port. Check the IP address of the router to be sure that it is not (the IP of the Hughes modem).
3. If it is different you are good to go, if it is the same (most Dlink and a few others) you will not be able to access the modem so you must enter the setup of the router and change the IP of the router. I use
4. DHCP setting.
I prefer to enable DHCP on the router and let the router hand out IP addresses to the network as it was designed to do. If you have some device on your network that won’t pick up the IP or you just can’t stand the idea of double nating your network you can disable DHCP and let the modem hand out IP’s. I have found this method to be unstable with my Dlink.

5. Set all devices to obtain IP automatically.

6. Connect the router to the modem using the WAN port of the router.
7. Restart the router. If you have DHCP disabled you may have to restart the modem.
8. Run the network setup wizard or use the Network sharing center on each device (depends on operating system) (don't have a clue about MAC's) to connect to the network.
9. To enable wireless networking follow the instructions for your router.
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Um, ya.... That is COMPLETETY awesome! I'll be pasting that into a word *.doc for future reference! Thx

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