[Discuss] Real internet provider in Victoria?

Darren Duncan darren at darrenduncan.net
Fri Nov 3 17:30:46 PDT 2017

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When the Internet 150 plan first came out, the rate was $80 per month for both 
of the first 2 years, this being just $5/month more than I was paying for 
Internet 30; since I knew I wouldn't be leaving Shaw any time soon, this 
contract seemed a no-brainer.  Then, about 3-4 weeks after I joined, they 
changed the offer to be $50 per month for the first year.  My understanding at 
the time was that the Shaw deals were for anyone who was upgrading from a slower 
speed and not just new customers.

As for speed, I will say that I got the full advertised rate, and more.  I live 
in downtown Victoria.

While the speed test utilities provided by the ISPs themselves are good for 
debugging speed issues, third parties are good for testing in a more neutral 
fashion.  If you Google "internet speed test" you get a few third-party options. 
  Just now one of them showed that I got 173.4MBps down and 15.8MBps up; another 
showed 178.06 and 16.04.  You can also try exchanging data with servers you know 
are fast and measure the rate.  An example of something that could fill up the 
bandwidth is downloading one of those many-gigabyte games.

-- Darren Duncan

On 2017-11-03 2:32 PM, Alan W. Irwin wrote:
> On 2017-11-02 11:54-0700 Darren Duncan wrote:
>> [Shaw] offer their top tier Internet 150 plan (150/15) on a 2 year plan which
>> gives you the first whole year for $50/month and the second year for
>> $85/month.  After this the monthly rate is $105/mo, though it used to be
>> higher and I expect it'll drop by the time the 2 years are up.  I'm currently
>> on this plan, or its analogy when 150 first came out 15 months ago.
> For the others here, further details of this offer are given at
> <https://www.shaw.ca/internet/plans/> which confirms what Darren said
> above for new customers, but for old customers who want to upgrade
> their current speed the offer is $85/month for the first two years.
> That is not that much larger than the rate we were paying before for a
> 25Mbs plan so we just did that upgrade to the 150/15 plan.  A Shaw
> service tech came out to our house to swap in a new cable modem (at a
> rental cost of $0.00/month for its lifetime) since our old modem
> (which they had given us under a similar zero cost arrangement) would
> have otherwise limited the speed.
> The speed results at http://speedtest.shaw.ca right now for us are
> 94.5Mbs/16.0Mbs. I assume for this test that Shaw has done everything
> in their power to make this test as local to us as possible on their
> network. So it likely doesn't test general network conditions at all
> and instead only tests very local Shaw network speed as well as the
> speed of my ethernet connection from modem to computer.  I am happy
> with the upload speed of 16.0 since that is slightly better than the
> 15 expected with this plan.  That download speed is less than the
> expected 150Mbs, but I attribute that to our old 100BASE-T (100Mbs)
> network card that is connecting the modem to our computer.  I suppose
> I could replace that card with one that provided 1000BASE-T speed, but
> I doubt that is worth it since I expect real download rates from real
> sites will never achieve 100Mbs in any case.  For example, I am
> currently getting "only" 24Mbs when downloading a tarball from
> SourceForge, but there are likely less than ideal network conditions
> at this time of the day so I plan to try that test again at times when
> the general network should not be as busy to see what highest speed I
> can achieve from SourceForge (a site I use a lot).  And only if that
> approaches the 94.5Mbs above will I be interested in bothering with an
> ethernet card upgrade.

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