[clug-talk] Calgary ISP Comparison

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Fri Nov 12 22:16:53 PST 2004


As of about a year or so ago i have not noticed this once in my area

Travis R.

Tomas Florian wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I had Shaw a long time ago (3 years) and the reason I stopped using it was
> because of the variable speed (sometime slow sometime fast) and it seemed to
> depend on what my neighbors were doing.  If they were downloading heavily
> they took all the bandwidth.  Some of my clients who used Shaw also seemed
> to have experienced this.  Has Shaw taken care of this issue by using a
> traffic shaper on their routers? 
> 
> Thanks,
> Tomas
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: clug-talk-bounces at clug.ca [mailto:clug-talk-bounces at clug.ca] On Behalf
> Of Niels Voll
> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 11:08 AM
> To: CLUG General
> Subject: Re: [clug-talk] Calgary ISP Comparison
> 
> my experience with Shaw's residential package has been generally positive; 
> 
> positive experiences
> - relatively few outages,
> - no port 25 blocking nonsense, like for example Telus
> - plug and play DHCP - i.e. none of that having to go to a password 
> protected website to "register" one's NIC, like for example Telus
> - cable is less sensitive to CO proximity than xDSL - although on cable 
> you "compete" with your neighbors for bandwidth - hasn't been a problem 
> for me, though
> - same dynamic IP addresses for months and months
> - bundled deal with digital cable is pretty good combination deal
> 
> negative experiences
> - there was a stretch, when their DNS servers seemed very temperamental 
> (slow to non-responsive)  -  as a result, I've been running my own for 
> the last few months
> - their email servers have had very slow throughput at times - however 
> since I'm running my own email server, this doesn't bother me
> 
> Other observations
> 
> bundling issues:
> - Shaw's residential service seems a reasonably good deal in combination 
> with some of their digital cable TV packages
> - I don't think you can get a static IP address as an add-on to Shaw's 
> residential packages, only with business packages (someone please 
> correct me, if that is untrue)
> - I believe, if you want Telus DSL, you need to have their residential 
> Telephone service, at least for local service; Telus telephone service 
> is a bit more expensive than some of the others (Sprint etc.)
> 
> 
> HTH
> 
> ...Niels
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Jesse Kline wrote:
> 
> 
>>Hey Group,
>>
>>I'm looking into Internet service providers for my new place, and while
>>I know this topic has been covered on the list before, I was hoping I
>>could get some suggestions from the group as well as share the
>>information that I have collected so far. I'm looking for residential
>>Internet service that is fast (I'd like something faster than your basic
>>1.5MB ADSL link) as well as relatively inexpensive. Your suggestions
>>would be appreciated. I have already done up a quick comparison of some
>>of the service providers in town. If anyone has information to add to
>>the list, or any other providers that I should be looking at, please let
>>me know. My comparison is available online at
>>ftp://ftp.kline.ca/pub/clug/isp.html 
>>
>>Thanks,
>>
>>Jesse
>> 
>>
> 
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