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I have a house with a basement suite. Currently, we are using Shaw internet/phone, and sharing our internet connection with our tenants as part of the lease. The issue I have is that when they are downloading torrents, it slows our connection down (either by throttling, or by maxing out the connections on my router). I am looking at several different options, and am looking for opinions (obviously I can't go the the ISP). If I put a switch off of my shaw modem, and then connect two routers to it, which would put me and my tenants on separate networks, would I see better isolation between us? Is the throttling/# of connections issue IP based, or modem based? Also, I am getting VOIP for my home phone, and am considering switching to Telus, as their service with the same advertised speed is cheaper/month, plus they have promotions on right now. Would I be able to do something similar with their fancy wireless modem/router thing? I have had the same Shaw modem for like 7 years, and have no experience with the new devices that are available.

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Id consider going to Telus. Lower ping time which is better for voip, they dont throttle like Shaw does and they dont monitor bandwith usage. I'd recommend highspeed Turbo, its on a promo right now, but its $50 a month as a standalone package.
 

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Shaw vs Telus

I had been 3 years with shaw until I start playing game on internet and often kicked out of the game because of high Ping with Shaw. Throttling is just a complete exaggeration or boasting and sometime shows you the speed of 25Mbs to 85 Mbps a complete lie.

They also slow your downloading torrent speed and caps bandwidths. I switch to Telus DSL and have no regret so far. You can get either a Laptop or Xbox for 2-3 years terms.

Don't rely on the people comments against Telus just go to your friend's home who has Telus and try it by yourself.

merve04 suggestion is the same as mine.
 

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I had been 3 years with shaw until I start playing game on internet and often kicked out of the game because of high Ping with Shaw. Throttling is just a complete exaggeration or boasting and sometime shows you the speed of 25Mbs to 85 Mbps a complete lie.

They also slow your downloading torrent speed and caps bandwidths. I switch to Telus DSL and have no regret so far. You can get either a Laptop or Xbox for 2-3 years terms.

Don't rely on the people comments against Telus just go to your friend's home who has Telus and try it by yourself.

merve04 suggestion is the same as mine.
I think the problem might have been with your connection,
I have no issues with shaw as far as throttling, I have 50Mbps internet with a couple well seeded torrents it'll hold full speed strong, torrents take minutes and even seconds to download at that speed,

Ping wise I've moved from burnaby to maple ridge, my ping is up a bit, but nothing to complain about,

I've considered a move to telus recently only cause of shaws new cap policy, not cause I'm unhappy with the speed,
the speed is what might hold me back from telus, I read it drops significantly when watching HD, at my house its not uncommon for 2 shows being recorded in HD, while downloading torrents, while I'm online gaming

and to the original poster, if your tenants are heavy downloaders, shaw is soon charging for going over, so keep that in mind,
and as far as limiting the speed of your tenant, I have a Dlink router with game fuel, I have it setup to prioritize my 360 when its on, so torrents and other people on the network aren't hindering my connection
 

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+1 on ClassicSat.

You want the performance of two connections but you don't want to pay for two connections. Splitting the pipe is not going to mean anymore throughput.
 
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