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Forum: Home Theatre Corner   2016-08-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,213
Posted By Macman
I agree with everything mentioned so far. I feel...

I agree with everything mentioned so far. I feel smart TVs are a gimmick, and are basically underpowered computers with limited functionality.

In my experience seeing many people's setups (and...
Forum: Telus IPTV (also known as Optik TV)   2016-06-22, 12:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,690
Posted By Macman
Where I work, they tell us the ethernet jack on...

Where I work, they tell us the ethernet jack on the set top boxes are only to be used as an input only (as opposed to coax) even though they will supply an internet connection. I believe it's because...
Forum: Smartphone and Tablet Computing including Android, Blackberry and iOS devices   2016-05-11, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,580
Posted By Macman
I'm too paranoid to even consider something like...

I'm too paranoid to even consider something like this, even though I feel I was an early adopter of Interac and doing things like pay-at-the-pump for fuel.

Wireless encryption seems to be fairly...
Forum: Bell Aliant Home Phone, Internet, IPTV   2016-04-27, 01:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,318
Posted By Macman
I've seen some weird things in almost a decade of...

I've seen some weird things in almost a decade of being a "cable guy"

I've seen some where the PVR works fine, but the buffer (or cache as some people say) wouldn't allow the secondary set top...
Forum: Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone   2016-04-11, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,078
Posted By Macman
128 kbps is basically dialup speeds, FYI. If...

128 kbps is basically dialup speeds, FYI. If you're not careful (ie. if YouTube app is set to play in HD all the time) you might blow through that data in no time.

I remember seeing someone here...
Forum: Home Automation and Security   2016-04-09, 12:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,994
Posted By Macman
Interestingly, I once told a guy who runs a small...

Interestingly, I once told a guy who runs a small electrical/networking company how we staple CAT5 with round crown T25 staples, and he was stunned. He said no way is stapling to standard. He uses...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2016-04-09, 12:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,180
Posted By Macman
Here in MB, MTS has had the HD feed for quite a...

Here in MB, MTS has had the HD feed for quite a while. I don't think it's been there since their Ultimate TV was rolled out, though.

The HD feed is national, while the SD feed is local to...
Forum: MTS   2016-03-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,260
Posted By Macman
Hey, I saw your post on the Community Forum....

Hey, I saw your post on the Community Forum. Sorry to hear you're having problems again. I didn't want to reply on there, as I'm not an official rep on there. Figured I'd try and chat with you here...
Forum: Bell Aliant Home Phone, Internet, IPTV   2016-03-13, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,403
Posted By Macman
We aren't allowed to have more than 10 ft of...

We aren't allowed to have more than 10 ft of outdoor rated optical cable inside the home. Apparently it's not fire rated or something.

Optical cable can definitely be spliced. I've never done...
Forum: MTS   2016-03-05, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,401
Posted By Macman
I think I'm understanding your question. I...

I think I'm understanding your question. I believe when they cancelled Lightning Bolt (32 shared with TV) & SuperMax (25 dedicated) the new 10 & 20 plans were dedicated speeds. They later bumped it...
Forum: Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone   2016-02-25, 11:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,384
Posted By Macman
I've heard of people having some success...

I've heard of people having some success connecting their alarm to VoIP, but many say it's a bad idea.

I think it's been covered here before, so maybe search the forum. I think the main options...
Forum: Bell Fibe TV   2016-02-24, 07:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,337
Posted By Macman
Hope you don't mind resurrecting an old thread. I...

Hope you don't mind resurrecting an old thread. I was troubleshooting a customers TV service today. I've never seen this before in almost 10 years as a cable guy, so I'm always surprised to see a...
Forum: News, Weather, and Sports   2016-01-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,688
Posted By Macman
I wonder if there are many of these boxes there?...

I wonder if there are many of these boxes there? Here in Winnipeg, I've only seen 2 or 3 in 9 years. I think they were only put in new developments ~5 years ago.

It's interesting to me how things...
Forum: Bell Aliant Home Phone, Internet, IPTV   2016-01-09, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,123
Posted By Macman
I wonder if it's an incoming light issue? Maybe...

I wonder if it's an incoming light issue? Maybe your light was at the bare minimum acceptable level (-20db is what we're told where I work) and something is affecting your light just enough to cause...
Forum: Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone   2016-01-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,080
Posted By Macman
Here in MB, the incumbent landline provider, MTS,...

Here in MB, the incumbent landline provider, MTS, will not have dialtone on the line if you aren't a subscriber to at least one of their services.

It's interesting to note that if you have their...
Forum: MTS   2016-01-05, 11:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,302
Posted By Macman
I'm sure it works fine, but they must have...

I'm sure it works fine, but they must have standards for us to adhere to for a reason. My guess is that you probably haven't saturated the network with too many simultaneous torrents or something.
...
Forum: MTS   2016-01-01, 11:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,302
Posted By Macman
Their original installation standards dictated...

Their original installation standards dictated that only the 1216 be wired with cat5, and all other secondary set top boxes be wired via coax.

Maybe a year or two ago, they changed it so that all...
Forum: Rogers, Fido and Chatr Wireless   2015-12-16, 11:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,165
Posted By Macman
That's crazy! We only got our second area code in...

That's crazy! We only got our second area code in MB a couple years ago (I think?) and I rarely get any 431 contact numbers on my work orders. The handful that I have had were cell phones. Haven't...
Forum: Bell Canada Home Phone and Internet   2015-12-12, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,227
Posted By Macman
One of the hardest parts of my job as a...

One of the hardest parts of my job as a TV/Internet installation & repair contractor is determining the cause of intermittently slow (or no) internet.

Sometimes it seems like the stars have to...
Forum: MTS   2015-10-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,630
Posted By Macman
Yeah, they started rolling out a firmware update...

Yeah, they started rolling out a firmware update on the 5168's (and possibly the 3801's?) with some new features.

I noticed in the old firmware, under NAT, there was X/1024 NAT sessions (where...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2015-10-18, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,555
Posted By Macman
I've seen all kinds of junk coax, and sometimes I...

I've seen all kinds of junk coax, and sometimes I have to make it work, so I change the pre-made ends to compression-type and join it with a blue F81 (a.k.a. barrel, coupler, etc) and it often works...
Forum: MTS   2015-10-18, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,279
Posted By Macman
I believe the new firmware started being rolled...

I believe the new firmware started being rolled out a few weeks ago in stages, not just a broad rollout. I don't exactly know what it's called now, but when you say open NAT, I'm guessing that's what...
Forum: MTS   2015-09-02, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,461
Posted By Macman
National Post: Why BCE Inc should buy MTS

Seen this morning:

Why BCE Inc should buy Manitoba Telecom Services Inc (http://natpo.st/1Oa5VtH)

Someone on Twitter "Is there currently a deal on table for MTS to sell Allstream ? or just TD...
Forum: Bell Aliant Home Phone, Internet, IPTV   2015-09-01, 08:59 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 29,166
Posted By Macman
I know this is an old post, but I just read it :)...

I know this is an old post, but I just read it :)



It seems like some of it is barely suitable even for phone calls anymore! Mind you, this is just what I've read online in places like...
Forum: Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone   2015-08-29, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,705
Posted By Macman
Working in the telco field as an...

Working in the telco field as an installation/repair contractor, I've checked this guys site before. Lots of good info, and this might help you. Why not have a standalone light?

Mike Sandman,...
Forum: Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone   2015-08-16, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,814
Posted By Macman
And by charges, you mean rental charges. Only...

And by charges, you mean rental charges. Only $3/mo per TV box. Also the PVR feature was $6/mo last I saw.
Forum: Bell Aliant Home Phone, Internet, IPTV   2015-07-31, 11:10 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 173,036
Posted By Macman
Where I am, we MUST register the MAC in their...

Where I am, we MUST register the MAC in their back end for the modems, and it's a big deal if we don't register them. It'll work without registration, but I think I was told that without being...
Forum: Home Fix-up including Appliances, HVAC and Power Tools   2015-07-18, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,037
Posted By Macman
If you were to swap blades, I wonder if a blade...

If you were to swap blades, I wonder if a blade alone has a CFM rating, or if it is matched to the housing? I was going to add that I bet the compressor is a bigger source of noise. Mine is very...
Forum: MTS   2015-06-26, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,133
Posted By Macman
I think one thing to remember is that they are...

I think one thing to remember is that they are two very different sized companies, so maybe that plays a role in the equipment used?
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2015-06-17, 12:18 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,410
Posted By Macman
I suggested this network on the official MTS...

I suggested this network on the official MTS Community Forum and one person replied that it wasn't likely to ever happen. Not sure why.
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