Find answers to commonly asked questions about WiFi connectivity, network issues, and how to improve download speeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

My Internet isn't working — is there an outage in my area?

An outage can cause a disruption in your Internet services. Outages can be a result of scheduled maintenance or unexpected events such as faulty equipment, unscheduled maintenance, power outages, or network connectivity issues.

You can visit Service Outages & Updates to see if there’s an outage in your area.

If there is an outage in your area, it is temporary, and your service will be restored as soon as possible. To receive updates about outages in your area visit how to subscribe to service update notifications for your region.

You can find more answers in our Shaw Service Updates & Outages FAQs

How do I check if my Internet modem is online and functioning properly?

You can easily confirm if your Internet modem is online by checking its light(s).

  • If you have a BlueCurve Gateway, you should see a white solid light at the top corner. You can also verify your gateway status in the BlueCurve Home app. To learn more, see About: BlueCurve Home.
  • If you have one of the other Shaw modems, the first 4 lights should be solid.

To learn more about the light indicators on your Internet modem, visit Equipment Info: Shaw Internet modems.

How do I restart my Internet modem?

Many Internet issues can be quickly solved by rebooting your modem. You can try restarting your modem with the tap of a button using My Shaw. To learn more, read How To: Restart your modem with My Shaw.

If you have the BlueCurve Gateway, we recommend you restart it using the BlueCurve Home app. Learn how by reading the article Troubleshooting: Fix home WiFi network issues with BlueCurve Home,or follow the steps below to reboot the modem manually.

Note: Reconnecting the coax cable may help improve the signal levels, especially if the root cause of an issue is related to signal loss on the cable line. It's not recommended to perform this more than once if the issue is reoccurring.

  1. Unplug the power cord and unscrew the coaxial cable from your Shaw modem.
  2. Reconnect the coaxial cable back in as tightly as you can with your fingers.
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cord back into your modem.
  5. Wait a few minutes until the modem comes back online and check your Internet connection.

Note: Sometimes there could be a faulty splitter in home connections that might be causing signal loss on the coaxial cable. Try bypassing any splitter and repeat the steps above.

 

How can I tell if my connectivity and/or speed issues are caused by WiFi, wired connection issues, or device limitation?

It's important to understand if you are experiencing problems on WiFi, a wired connection, or both. We recommend starting by checking the connectivity on your device with a wired connection.

If your device supports WiFi connection only, visit the article Troubleshooting: WiFi connection issues to troubleshoot your WiFi issues.

If you have an ethernet port on your device, follow the steps below: 

  1. Connect your computer to your modem with an Ethernet cable
  2. Open a web browser (eg. Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge) and verify whether you’re able to access the Internet.
    • If you would like more detailed instructions, or the issue only occurs on a specific wired device, please read the article Troubleshooting: Internet connectivity issues.
    • If the connectivity issues on your device appears to be resolved by connecting directly to your modem through a wired connection but the problem still persists when connected to WiFi, continue with the article Troubleshooting: WiFi connection issues.

 

I’m having problems sending and receiving my Shaw email — how can I fix this?

There are a variety of reasons an email client may stop sending or receiving emails. These include connection problems, folder corruption, and server setting issues. We recommend testing your Shaw email account, by visiting webmail.shaw.ca and signing into your Shaw email address to see if you're able to send or receive any emails. If your email account works properly on webmail.shaw.ca page, then the issue might be related to an email client (application/program) that you're using. For solutions, read the article Troubleshooting: Fix issues with sending and receiving email.

 

What is WiFi?

WiFi is what allows devices to connect to the Internet by sending and receiving data between your devices and Internet modem via wireless radio frequency. This is commonly used on mobile devices like laptops, phones, tablets, and other equipment such as printers and smart home devices.

What’s the best location for my Internet modem and Pods?

Your modem should be placed in a central location, this works especially well if your house has an open floor plan. For better WiFi coverage, it's important to find the optimal location for your Internet modem in your house. There are a variety of factors to consider when placing your Internet modem and pods, to learn more, see the article About: Modem placement and range.

 

How do I make my WiFi better?

WiFi signals are heavily impeded by the range you use your devices, the wireless interference from other devices, building materials, and the house type and size. To learn more and get helpful tips read the article, How To: Optimize your WiFi experience.

 

It seems like I have issues with my WiFi mostly - What is WiFi Interference and how does it impact my experience?

The wireless signal coming from your Internet modem could be disrupted or weakened by WiFi Interference, caused by multiple factors such as: WiFi range, physical obstructions, and 2.4Ghz radio interference. For more information, read the article About: WiFi interference.

 

What is the difference between 2.4GHz vs 5GHz Frequency?

5 GHz frequency can carry more data and provides faster speeds, but it has less coverage and subsequently could be affected by obstacles more frequently.

  • Convenient for devices relying on higher data and speed, such as streaming devices and smart TVs

2.4 GHz frequency has a wider range but lower speed which tends to be affected by any radio interference easily compared to 5 GHz frequency.

  • More suitable for devices that doesn’t rely on faster speeds, such as non-streaming smart devices like thermostats, fridge, garage door and security cameras.

 

Why doesn't my device show the 5G network?

There are a few possible reasons. If you have a BlueCurve Gateway, you will only see one network as your devices are automatically routed to the most optimal frequency using a feature called “band steering”, which seamlessly alternates WiFi frequency of your devices at any given time between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band based on your device requirements, signal strength and WiFi congestion thresholds.

Another possible reason is that your Internet modem or wireless router broadcasting your home WiFi signal may not be capable of 5GHz and only has the 2.4GHz frequency. You can read about your modem in the Shaw Internet Modems - Equipment Guide.

Older personal devices may not have the ability to use 5GHz frequency, you should always visit the manufacturer's website to confirm this.

 

How do I turn band steering off so I can see both of my WiFi network names?

Note: Band Steering is a feature that is necessary if you have Fibre+ WiFi Pods

While we don’t recommend disabling this feature unless you have more than 30 devices connected on each band, you can try splitting SSIDs to balance devices between the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Follow the below steps on BlueCurve home app or website:

  • Select the network name
  • Select See Network
  • Select the pen icon in the top-right corner of your screen
  • Place a Checkmark on 'Use different names and passwords for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi'
  • Add '-5G' at the end of your 5Ghz network name
  • Select Apply Changes

Within a few moments you will see your WiFi name in your device's WiFi or Network Setting screen, and on compatible devices that are within range, you will see the secondary WiFi network with the '-5G' added to the end of the name.

 

How do I change my WiFi network password?

To change your WiFi password, read the article How To: Change a home WiFi network password.

 

What’s the difference between Speed and Bandwidth?

Bandwidth is a measurement of the amount of data that can be passed through an Internet connection in a given time. It can be considered a measurement of either speed or usage. The speed result that comes from a speed test represents the bandwidth being used by that device. The speed of your Internet plan represents the total available bandwidth to all devices in the home. Learn more about bandwidth and data usage on devices by reading the article, About: Internet Bandwidth

 

Why is my Internet so slow & where can I go to check my Internet speed?

The maximum bandwidth on your Internet plan will be shared by all the devices connected to your home network. It's normal to experience slower speeds if you have many devices connected at once, or if one device is consistently uploading or downloading substantial amounts of data. This is more noticeable on slower speed packages.

Several factors such as device capability, connection on wired or WiFi networks can affect your Internet speed. You can visit http://speedtest.shaw.ca to test your Internet speeds, using a device connected to your Shaw Internet. Learn more about testing your Internet speeds by reading the article, Shaw Speed Test FAQ.

If you think your Internet is slower than it should be on all of your devices connected on your home network, read Troubleshooting: Slow Internet speeds.

How can I do a total bandwidth test on my connection?

Please see Performing a total bandwidth test for instructions on how to do this.

I have slow speed issues on a specific device, why is that happening?

Your experience can change drastically depending on your device. Depending on when your device was manufactured, it may not be able to reach the top speeds offered by your Internet plan regardless of whether it's wired directly to the modem, or in an ideal WiFi environment. Many devices made prior to 2015 are incapable of reaching speeds over 100 Mbps.

If you're unsure of your device's speed capabilities, we recommend that you check its technical specifications or contact the device's manufacturer for potential upgrades or software updates that may improve device performance.

Computers

Year Released  Expected WiFi Speed*
2011- Present 150-500 Mbps
2007-2010 75-150 Mbps
2006 & Earlier 25 Mbps
 

Phones and Tablets

Year Released Expected WiFi Speed*
2011- Present 75-300 Mbps
2007- 2010 25-75 Mbps
2006 & Earlier 25 Mbps

* 2020 (source)

 

Does Shaw have Internet usage restrictions?

To brush up on Shaw's usage terms, read the Acceptable Use Policy for Internet, and our Terms of Use. If you're concerned about data limits, read the article How To: View my Internet data usage

I'm considering upgrading my Internet package - where can I see my options?

Visit our latest Internet offerings and Shaw bundle information.


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