Make the HughesNet Outlook 2010 Connection

Updated February 18, 2012




How to Make a HughesNet Outlook 2010 Connection

I’m sure your HughesNet email account has served you well. But it will serve you even better if you combine it with Outlook 2010. That’s what we are about to do – make the HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection.

Why would you want to connect your HughesNet email with Outlook? More specifically, what is the advantage of getting your HughesNet email to appear in the Outlook Inbox? Here are two of the advantages of making this connection: it can save you time and it can give you power. That last statement probably requires some explanation.

Getting your HughesNet email to appear in the Outlook Inbox saves you time because you only have to work with your email in one place. Surely it will be faster to see your HughesNet email in the same inbox as your other mail than to have to open a browser window and check in two different places.

Ok. That’s clear enough, but what’s this about power? Well what I mean is email and information management power, not the power to leap tall buildings in a single bound or anything like that. Outlook is an incredibly powerful tool for managing your email and your personal information.

When you get your HughesNet email in the Outlook Inbox, you get to apply all that power to your HughesNet email messages. This kind of power alone is enough to make the small amount of effort needed to connect Outlook 2010 to your HughesNet email account worthwhile.

But before we start the HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection procedure, there is one thing we need to talk about. You need to be aware that the procedure for making this happen varies depending on which version of Outlook you are using. The instructions on this page are specifically for Outlook 2010.

NOTE: If you are using Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007, then you are in the wrong place. Follow the link at the end of this page for instructions that are specific to those versions of Outlook.

All you need to do is follow the directions below and you should have your HughesNet Outlook connection set up in minutes.

Make the HughesNet Outlook 2010 Connection

  1. In Outlook 2010, click the File tab on the Ribbon. In the “File” menu that appears, click Info to display the “Account Information” screen shown below.

  2. Create a new email account for the HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection.

  3. Click Add Account to open the “Add New Account” page of the “Auto Account Setup” wizard.
  4. Fill in this form to configure Outlook 2010 for HughesNet.

  5. Select the Manually configure server settings or additional server types option, then click Next. There is no need to enter any other information on this screen as we will be entering it on the next one.
  6. On the “Choose Service” screen that appears, select Internet E-mail, then click Next. This opens the “Internet E-mail Settings” screen.
  7. Internet E-mail Settings screen

  8. In the “User Information” section of the screen, enter your Name as you want it to appear in messages.
  9. Enter your full HughesNet E-mail Address.
  10. In the “Server Information” section of the screen, select POP3 as the “Account Type.”
  11. For “Incoming Mail Server,” enter mail.hughes.net and for the “Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP),” enter smtp.hughes.net.
  12. Enter your full HughesNet email address in the “User Name” field.
  13. Enter your HughesNet password into the Password and Retype Password fields, and set the Remember Password option so you don’t have to manually enter the password every time Outlook wants to check for new mail.
  14. Confirm that the Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) option is NOT selected.
  15. Click the More Settings button to open the “Internet E-mail Settings” box, then click the Outgoing Server tab.
  16. Outgoing Server tabbed page

  17. On the “Outgoing Server” tabbed page, set the My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication checkbox and then set the Use same settings as my incoming mail server option.
  18. Click the Advanced tab to open the “Advanced” tabbed page.


  19. Internet E-mail Settings, Advanced tabbed page.

  20. Make sure that “This server requires a secure connection (SSL)” is not checked under either “Incoming server (POP3)” or “Outgoing server (SMTP).”
  21. Click OK to save these changes and return to the “Internet E-mail Settings” screen.
  22. Click the Test Account Settings button to confirm that your HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection is set up properly. After a moment or two, you should see a box with the message, “Congratulations! All tests completed successfully.” This tells you that all is well. Click Close to close this box and return to the “Internet E-mail Settings” screen.
  23. Click Next, then Finish.

NOTE: If the test shows that you can receive messages fine, but you can’t them, the problem is often caused by factors outside the HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection you just set up. I’ve posted instructions for troubleshooting that kind of problem on the Can’t Send Email page.




That was the last step. Your HughesNet Outlook 2010 connection should now be up and ready to go.

HughesNet Outlook 2010

From here you can:

Return to the top of this HughesNet Outlook 2010 page.

Go to the main Outlook 2010 email accounts page.

Go to the Outlook 2010 home page.

Go to the Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 HughesNet Outlook connection page.

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3 Comments on "Make the HughesNet Outlook 2010 Connection"

  1. Your instructions say “This server requires a secure connection (SSL)” is not checked under either “Incoming server (POP3)” or “Outgoing server (SMTP).” However, your photo illustration has the box checked.

    I am pummeled with a request to enter my password over and over. I tried reconstructing another profile per your instructions and they don’t work at all.

  2. Cindy,

    Are you trying this at the office? Some companies block access to all external email services as a security measure. If you are doing this at work, you might want to talk to the computer folks and see if they are blocking the connections.

    If you are doing this at home, can you tell me what happens when you try to set up a connection? We may be able to figure out what’s going wrong.

    –Bill

  3. I tried this for my hughesnet AND gmail accounts – nothing works.
    : (

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