When my Apartment building added fibre to its diet a couple of years ago, I resisted mainly because I was old grumpy man set in my ways plus I didn’t want to troubleshoot my whole network just to reconnect everything back to the internet after the change; so I stayed with the old Shaw Coper wire.
Also the pricing structure was relatively the same; $80 to $100 for either Shaw cable or Telus fibre and when browsing the internet, speed doesn’t really make much difference.
However recently I was accosted by the Telus Evangelists in the lobby of my apartment and I resisted as long as I could, walking quickly towards the elevators with them yelling out the advantages of fibre like it is your own highway without anyone sharing it, upload/download speeds at 300Mbps, fibre optics straight to your apartment, can we book an appointment for you? and suddenly one of them said “and it is 25% off for 2 years” at which I stopped walking. It was at that point another sales intern pounced with an iPad and asked me for my personal info and I succumbed to a price point of $45/month with a start up credit of $150 in my account to pay for the Shaw contract cancellation charges. Looking back it was 3 against 1 and I didn’t stand a chance.
On March 4th, 2019 I moved over to Telus Fibre as you can see by the cleaner text flow and faster postings; it only took me an hour to compose this post.
I have 300mbps up and down which is $10 more per month than the $45/month 150Mbps quote but I am still saving $25/month; not a lot but still.
So what does this have to do with the My Cloud?
Well at first I thought that 300mbps upload was a waste of data speed, I mean the only people that would benefit from a 300mbps upload speed would be the people who is downloading from my bit torrent but after thinking about it I realize that when I am accessing my “My Cloud” from my iphone I will no longer be getting the meagre 2 or 3 Mbps upload speeds that I use to get. I can now enjoy streaming my movies directly from my “My Cloud” without having to download my movies.
Also If I remote access my home computer from my iphone I will getting snappier responses.
I can also backup directly to my Apple Cloud, from my home, at speeds that rivals my wifi backup.
I was lucky in that a few years ago, I moved all my local devices over to switches which isolated everything from the router. All I needed to do was unplug my Shaw Router from the switch and plug my Telus Router in, making sure that the new Telus DHCP was set to give out IPs in the 192.168.0.xxx range and everything just migrated over without a hitch; seriously it was as easy as that.
For a small apartment my network is very convoluted due to my Lutron dimmable light switches, TP link Cameras, Wifi Apple Aiport bridges where two Apple Routers are linked by Wifi only just so my 100Mbs ethernet devices are isolated from the Gigabit devices. My Apple Airport provides the Wifi AC support for all my Apple Devices. There is even a 3rd Apple Airport Express located in the kitchen because wifi signals are blocked by metal corners. The Airport Express provides Wifi N to my Laster Printer.
I think I have at least 60 wifi devices in my apartment which includes multiple smart TVs, sony playstation 4, the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, Mac Mini, iPhone, iPads, Sony Receiver, Laser Printer, a whole bunch of lutron light switches, a whole bunch of TP link security Cameras with a tiny Zotac PC hidden behind books that records all my cameras onto a SD card, a bunch of iHome outlets that turns on and off my cameras (all requiring an IP) and a home alarm system.
The switches/hubs are strewn all over my apartment much like a power bar. Whenever I need to backup my cough other NAS, I simply pull out my “My Clouds/EX2’s” and plug them in.
In addition I can then plug in my WD USB drives to the Cloud device to give me access to the USB drives.
For those who are always having problems with connecting to your “My Clouds”, it isn’t a problem with your “My Clouds” but with your network. Set a static IP on your My Clouds and you are generally good to go, but I haven’t had any problems with using DHCP IPs either but if you are having problems, try using a switch in between your router and your “My Clouds”.
With Fibre, the evangelists are correct in that I’m now on my own data highway traveling at the speed of light and connection to “My Clouds” are now instantaneous without that middleman Shaw Coper Server that I had to fight with kids playing Fortnite with simultaneous voice taking up all the bandwidth.
I should have changed over years ago but then again, back then I told them to get away from my carpet of my front door.