[clug-talk] Calgary ISP Comparison

Nick W nickw77 at shaw.ca
Sat Nov 13 09:03:40 PST 2004


On November 12, 2004 04:21 pm, 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?
>


I don't know how they fixed it, but it doesn't happen any more.


> 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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