Moving to Ottawa from NB, horrified by non unlimited service
Hey all. I'm moving to Ottawa for school and I am very concerned about the bandwidth cap. I also would prefer something less monitored if possible as I have no interest an ISP bothering in my online business.
As a student I want to try to be minimalist, and I've already switched from standard phone plan on my bell to WIFI only, and gotten the VOIP setup (Dell voice and hopefully with some tinkering, Google Voice). Whenever I'm home I'm on the internet for work and play (I have a full gaming rig and several extra computers I often run simultaneously, as well a remote job in the US that is 100% online) so anything less than unlimited will not cut it, and I need good speed to boot. I don't care that Bells and rogers offer frills like all the extra equipment, I've always replaced the stock modems and wireless stuff with better products I buy myself whenever I can.
So with this, I think I should seriously consider a whole seller. Some googling lead me to a few nice and informative threads here, though some dated, so I though I'd post here myself.
So far I've found unlimited packages on the sites of Teksavvy and distributel but I'm open to all options. Comments on the DSL vs Cable for them would be cool too, as I've been on fiber op mostly (Bell aliant here still has unlimited)
Thank you in advance for your time and any and all help! This site has been a great find already!
Dsl seems to work well, vdsl works if you get a sagemcom modem. Cable internet has cities it doesn't work well in Ottawa being one of those cities. the others are Brampton, Mississauga and London. It's so bad Rogers cable internet barely works in most parts of Mississauga and Brampton.
|reply to Eldanesh |
Try Distributel. They offer $50 unlimited service.
I used them for my last year in Ottawa without any service problems in centertown.
Free rental for Docsis 2 or 5 bucks a month for a Docsis 3.
Thanks so far, are you referring to the DSL?
I'll be about 4 km south of Carleton campus, around Heron, if it matters.
MacGyverDon't Waste Your EnergyPremium,ExMod 2003-05Reviews:
There is a massive Bell CO on Bank Street between Riverside and Heron. You should have no issue getting fast unlimited service with Teksavvy or another DSL ISP in that neighbourhood.
Thanks all. So far I have not found much either than tech savvy or disrtibutel . I am fine with paying for DSL 6 type packages or DSL 12 -16, but is it a difference I'll be noticing and worth the extra cost?
Also, MLPPP, I've read a bit, but how is that service around there, and what is it best for? I do always have multiple devices connecting to my network, but I may be misinterpreting where the strength of it is.
What speed do you currently have out in NB?
I've relocated a few times, but the landline here is fibreop unlimited 30/30 I believe. That kind of upload doesn't seem available anywhere and as a student I'm willing to sacrifice a bit haha. I think I was used to 15 /1 before but it was also very dodgy and inconsistent. I mean if 6 is not much worse I suppose I'd consider it. Since my DL rates never get that high, and I was at least under the impression that, again, for client gaming a consistent DL rate was more important than a super high one, but feel free to educate me otherwise haha.
PS: Is there a specific set of information or questions I can ask the previous tenant, who has rogers, so as to have the info I need to book a package before I'm on site? I say so because I heard these companies can take a while to show up.
I've been using cable internet since 1998 and have never had any issues with it, I've used Rogers, TekSavvy and Start Communications.
I'm currently using Start cable internet, since July 25, 2012, and the service has been great, I haven't had any issue with it so far.
I was previously with TekSavvy cable internet and it was fine and I never had any issues with it, I only switched to Start for another reason which had nothing to do with TekSavvy.
Being that you are used to having 30/30, I would recommend getting either 16/1 Mbps DSL or 18/1 Mbps cable if you want to save a bit of cash or get 25/7 Mbps DSL, which will give you a decent upload rate but it will cost a bit more since you will need a dry loop or you could get 28/1 Mbps cable.
With DSL most indie providers now offer an unlimited downloading window, TekSavvy offers 2AM-8AM every day, Acanac offers 2AM-12PM and Distributel is always unlimited.
Don't worry about cap. Unlimited service is not a problem. But lower the expectation of speed (esp. upload speed)/price ratio to Ontario level. It won't be as good as that in NB.
I would suggest check Bhell / Robbers' prices first. Then you probably will feel much better when you look at the service you will eventually be using.
|reply to ChuckcZar |
said by ChuckcZar :I can't speak to TSI or Distrubtel's links specifically, but as far as the last mile goes this comment is pure BS.
Dsl seems to work well, vdsl works if you get a sagemcom modem. Cable internet has cities it doesn't work well in Ottawa being one of those cities.
|reply to Eldanesh |
Avoid DSL at all costs. The lines in Ottawa are very old and your sync rates will suck. I had to pay ~$100 a month to get two 3mbit lines MLPPP. That was the best available at the time. Fortunately, wholesale cable became available since.
Get cable in Ottawa.
That statement used to be true, but not necessarily anymore. FTTN is increasingly available in Ottawa. A year ago, I could get ~2Mbps sync rates with a bit of luck. Now I can get 25/10 with breathing room to spare.
There may still be some areas of Ottawa that are in DSL-hell, but it's no longer the "rule".
Ok, so I got some good info.
In my area, despite the proximity to bell CO, only 6mpbs DSL service is available. Furthermore, there's no active phone line in that place so I'd also be paying for dry loop. The previous tenant had rogers cable.
In other words cable seems like the de-facto option. I'm still afraid of the traffic issues but I'm hoping that if I get 28/1 that it won't be as bad, as it's just important that I stay within the 15-30 bracket.
Any experience or advice for cable use would be appreciated as I've only ever used DSL/fibre op.
Thank you all again for your input!
Don't bother with Rogers. If you want to buy your modem get TekSavvy. If you want to rent it, get Distributel.
Make sure you order it a week early, because it usually takes a week to ten days to get it installed.
|reply to Eldanesh |
Don't forget Acanac as well if you go with purchase a modem route.
|reply to bt |
said by bt:The only thing he knows how to post is pure BS.
I can't speak to TSI or Distrubtel's links specifically, but as far as the last mile goes this comment is pure BS.