ISP Recommendation? (was "Rogers Breaks DNS")

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at
Sat Jul 19 20:35:12 UTC 2008

Marc Lanctot wrote:
> Colin McGregor wrote:
>> Just to note, Rogers has decided to break DNS. As of now any trip to a
>> website with an invalid URL and you will be taken to a Rogers/Yahoo
>> search website (with Rogers adverts.). I have called, complained and
>> been told "that is the way it is supposed to work".
>> Is it my imagination or is Rogers totally determined to offer the
>> WORST possible Internet service in Canada?
> Ouch!
> I'll be moving to Etobicoke soon (from Alberta).. if I want cable, do 
> I have a choice (ie. Cogeco?). I've also heard Rogers does 
> traffic-shaping. Sounds like I might want to avoid Rogers if I can.
> A few more questions about Rogers: do they block incoming traffic on 
> ports other than 80 and 8080? If I leave my machine on all the time 
> and want to SSH in remotely (and run a web server on a non-standard 
> port), will they crack down on this? I know Shaw here nor Videotron in 
> Quebec ever gave me problems, but if Rogers will then I might consider 
> my other options.
> I'd really rather avoid DSL.. who provides it there, Bell? I'd like 
> opinions on that-- has anybody done the switch from one to the other? 
> If so, why, and was it worth it?
> Marc
Rogers is the only cable provider in Toronto & vicinity.  Cogeco is in 
Oakville etc.  I have no problem connecting home with ssh or OpenVPN.  
They also provide an alternate smtp port, so that you can access their 
server from other networks.

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