Mar 112012
 

I was out for dinner the other night at a nice restaurant in downtown Calgary. While waiting for my tenderloin steak, I decided to pull out my phone and check my Twitter, Facebook, e-mail (you know, the usuals). I noticed that my Samsung Focus (SGH-i917) picked up some WiFi networks and I accidentally tapped the option, I saw that I was picking up a wireless network with the SSID of “ShawOpen”.

I remember reading about Shaw launching a city wide wireless network in select areas as a trial. This service compliments your existing internet services you have with Shaw. While the project is currently on trial, when and if it leaves trial, it will simply use the amount of bandwidth you are already paying for with your home Shaw internet package.

More information on the Shaw Exo WiFi Trial can be found here. I believe you can associate 10 devices with your account (someone correct me if I’m wrong) and your device will automatically connect as long as your WiFi is turned on whenever you are in range. It’s a simple, fast, wireless internet connection.

 

Anyways, moral of this story: It was easy to connect, easy to log in (it uses your @shaw.ca e-mail address), and it was fast! And don’t forget, this lets you avoid using your cell phone data plan! I’m definitely going to be using this more often! Good job Shaw!

And remember: Whenever doing anything with confidential data (banking, private stuff, etc…), always make sure the website’s you are accessing use SSL encryption (you’ll see https in the address bar). If data is sent over a wireless connection and not encrypted it can be intercepted.

Jun 142011
 

Well, I decided to upgrade to Shaw’s new “Business Internet 100 Plus” today. I decided to choose the option to pick up the Cable modem, instead of having scheduled a technition since I wanted to play with it today!

Got it done rather quickly over the phone. The plan also includes a phone line, which actually does have to be scheduled since it uses a different device that has to be installed by a Shaw tech.

Anyways, plugged in the new SMC Cable Modem. Noticed that it was an integrated all-in-one Cable/Router/Wifi. This concerned me as I thought I may have received the wrong unit. Plugged it in, noticed Wifi turn on (which concerned me even more). Shortly however, the WiFi turned off, and the “Bridge Mode” was enabled after it was automaticly provisioned by Shaw. (I confirmed this is what actually was happening later on when I spoke to tech support).

Had a few problems getting online. For some reason my account was limited for only 2 devices to have concurrent internet. This was odd and frusterating considering I have 6 Static IPs and should have over 10 Dynamic IPs. After a phone call to Shaw, they resolved this. I also got them to test the line, and all was good.

One interesting thing is that most of the speed test sites out there, actually don’t provide accurate testing since they can’t actually handle your bandwidth. The Shaw Speed test actually reporting a download speed of 98Mbps, and an upload spead of 4.97Mbps.

So far it ROCKS!

Update – July 21st, 2011

It’s been over a month now, and I’m still very satisfied. We had a few minor problems in the past on our old connection with the limitations of upload speed, both for pushing updates out to clients, along with our VoIP system that runs over our internet connection. With the new service, all issues no longer exist. I can actually utilize the internet connection, get the speeds I expect, at the same time use multiple lines on our VoIP system with absolutely NO issues at all.

The speed is still rock solid, the stability of the connection is also still rock solid. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever…

Jul 102010
 

Well, it’s that time of the year again. The Calgary Stampede kicked off in 2010 on Friday starting with the parade.

I read somewhere online that over 350,000 people showed up to show their support during the parade!

This is just another great reason to call Calgary home. I wish everyone happy stampeding, and PLEASE remember, don’t drink and drive! Take public transportation or call a cab, or have that dedicated designated driver!