I looked into this just for curiosity as I own my Internet cable modem and my Dual Band Wireless-N Router with Storage Link. The later is now over 3 years old.
Shaw's offering combines the two into one box but, I believe, omits the dual band capability and the Storage Link. Although, looking at the connection diagram it seems that the box has a USB connection but there is no mention of being able to set up an external USB drive as a server.
I am currently having trouble with Internet download slow downs. I called Shaw for technical help yesterday but when I described my problem the tech said I was likely having problems with my router. I agreed as the slow down can be temporarily fixed by toggling the MTU setting on the router between Auto and a fixed value. The tech said if it was a possible problem with my router Shaw couldn't offer help and suggested I contact my router manufacturer for help which I will do. If I can't get it it fixed, I am thinking of replacing it with a new unit. Shaw's may be an option if it will fix the slow down problem. A speedtest say the slowdown is by a factor of 5 to 8. Very noticeable.
I don't like renting this type of equipment but will consider it as getting rid of one box, one power block and one connecting cable is attractive.
For someone who is just starting with Shaw Internet it is a better deal though it can expensive if you rent for more than two or three years.
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