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DSperber's Avatar DSperber 07:55 PM 08-26-2014
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I wonder how much more Ultimate 200 and 300 will cost (if any).
The following shows current plans and what new MAXX plans they are automatically transformed into, for the same price. Early on there also may be reduced promotional rates for limited periods, especially for new customers.



Turbo -> Ultimate 100, for $10 over Standard (new Ultimate 50).

Extreme -> Ultimate 200, for $20 over Standard

Ultimate -> Ultimate 300, for $30 (I think) over Standard


Don't forget the new MAXX speeds require an appropriate modem to get those speeds.

Although my area is probably among the last to get upgraded (i.e. still hasn't happened yet), I'm still trying to decide whether to drop my current Extreme service (30/5) back to Ultimate 50 (50/5) after the upgrade kicks in, and save $20/month. My current Netgear CMD31T will support Ultimate 50, so I have no equipment upgrade cost but will see my download speeds increase from 30 to 50 while saving $20/month.

Or, I already have purchased a new SB6141 modem but that will only support the new Ultimate 100, so I can go that route and improve from 30 to 100 download, 5 to 10 upload, and save $10/month by dropping from the auto-upgraded Ultimate 200 (which my modem won't support) down to Ultimate 100.

Etc., etc.

HowardV's Avatar HowardV 10:34 PM 08-26-2014
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I have an SB6141 modem and subscribed to Ultimate. I'm getting 100/10. So I can technically downgrade to Turbo and get the same speed for less. Unless I pitch out $120 and get the new modem and get 300/20 with my current Ultimate plan. Not sure which way to go. 100/10 is plenty for me. Not sure what I'll do with 300/20 other than impress friends when I pull up speedtest.net

Decisions...decisions...

What can you do with 300/20 that you can't do with 100/10? I do use torrents often, but I never come close to the 100/10 usage. Are there any services that can benefit from 300 mbps over 100 mbps???
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 10:34 AM 08-27-2014
So, patience is not one of my better points. I went down to TWC in Santa Monica and picked up the new router. Here is my new speed (zip 90025):



WoooHooo!!!!!
fastsvo's Avatar fastsvo 10:58 AM 08-27-2014
Out of curiosity, how much are you guys paying just for TWC cable modem service?
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 11:05 AM 08-27-2014
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Out of curiosity, how much are you guys paying just for TWC cable modem service?
Paying $65/month for Internet service plus $6/month for modem rental. See my speed in the post above.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 12:14 PM 08-27-2014
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So, patience is not one of my better points. I went down to TWC in Santa Monica and picked up the new router. Here is my new speed (zip 90025):



WoooHooo!!!!!
Why not buy your own router and modem to save money?
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 12:32 PM 08-27-2014
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Why not buy your own router and modem to save money?
Cuz the new router capable of these speeds is not available for sale (yet). The new SP6183 should be available in about a month or so for $120 from Amazon.

I paid about $80 for my SP6141 just 3 months ago. Wasn't aware of new upcoming speeds back then. Will have to sell it now at a big discount.

I may buy the SP6183 when it becomes available and then return the one I rented. Not sure yet.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 12:46 PM 08-27-2014
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Cuz the new router capable of these speeds is not available for sale (yet). The new SP6183 should be available in about a month or so for $120 from Amazon.

I paid about $80 for my SP6141 just 3 months ago. Wasn't aware of new upcoming speeds back then. Will have to sell it now at a big discount.

I may buy the SP6183 when it becomes available and then return the one I rented. Not sure yet.
Gigabit routers aren't fast enough? :O
DSperber's Avatar DSperber 12:57 PM 08-27-2014
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Paying $65/month for Internet service plus $6/month for modem rental. See my speed in the post above.
I would say this is an "introductory rate" for 12 months, not the standard normal rate. Yes?
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 12:58 PM 08-27-2014
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Gigabit routers aren't fast enough? :O
Woops! Meant to say modem.

I have two Buffalo AC routers creating a wireless bridge between upstairs and downstairs at my apartment. Speedtest shows 250/20 using this wireless bridge. This AC bridge can't handle my new full internet speed!
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 01:01 PM 08-27-2014
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I would say this is an "introductory rate" for 12 months, not the standard normal rate. Yes?
You are correct. Based on my prior experience with TWC, all you have to do is call them at the end of each term and they will extend. You usually have to speak to the customer retention reps.
WackyPacks's Avatar WackyPacks 07:22 PM 08-27-2014
In case anybody missed it, the latest programing notice from a week ago or so mentioned that the NHL Network would be available on Variety tier starting October 1. Previously, the channel was only available to those who subscribed to the Sports Pass tier.
sted 09:35 PM 08-27-2014
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In case anybody missed it, the latest programing notice from a week ago or so mentioned that the NHL Network would be available on Variety tier starting October 1. Previously, the channel was only available to those who subscribed to the Sports Pass tier.
Is there a link to the programming alerts?
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 10:03 PM 08-27-2014
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Is there a link to the programming alerts?
http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/ab...s-angeles.html

Bookmark it. Is there a way to get notifications about these alerts?
fastsvo's Avatar fastsvo 02:21 PM 08-28-2014
So I ended up ordering TWC Turbo internet service, (West Hills has not been upgraded yet) for $50.99/mo including the modem.

Once the service get's the 100/10 upgrade I believe it will be enough bandwidth for me (netflix, cctv, home automation), but I am considering buying the SB6183 modem. Good idea, considering I am not buying into the ultimate service? Am I crazy, to believe that even with the turbo service, this new modem will sneak in some additional bandwidth for me?

Thanks!
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 02:25 PM 08-28-2014
My and near cities got their Internet speed upgrades overnight. I saw faster speeds, but I need to replace my old Ambit/Ubee cable modem, from 10/4/2008, to get the full 50/5 speeds. Maybe I will buy my own this time!
WackyPacks's Avatar WackyPacks 07:39 PM 08-28-2014
There is no way to get a notification about the alerts as far as I know. I do manually check for them regularly.

A year or two ago, people kept on eye on them hoping there would soon be HD versions of their favorite channels. As the HD rollout is likely finished and very few must-have new channels being introduced, there is mostly no interest in the alerts anymore.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 07:49 PM 08-28-2014
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There is no way to get a notification about the alerts as far as I know. I do manually check for them regularly.

A year or two ago, people kept on eye on them hoping there would soon be HD versions of their favorite channels. As the HD rollout is likely finished and very few must-have new channels being introduced, there is mostly no interest in the alerts anymore.
Thanks. Well, you let us know. Do you know how often it gets updated? Or is it random? I didn't pay attention to see if it is in a pattern.
Mastaclocksetta's Avatar Mastaclocksetta 02:32 PM 08-29-2014
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Thanks. Well, you let us know. Do you know how often it gets updated? Or is it random? I didn't pay attention to see if it is in a pattern.
I have found that it is usually updated every other Wednesday, judging by the date on top of the page. Hope this helps!
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 02:42 PM 08-29-2014
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I have found that it is usually updated every other Wednesday, judging by the date on top of the page. Hope this helps!
Thanks, that's good to know! We should check it every other Wednesday then.
joe221's Avatar joe221 11:37 AM 08-30-2014
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Give up all hope on the SB6141 doing anything better than 100 on TWC. You're looking at an old list.

The new approved modem list at http://www.timewarnercable.com/conte...ovedmodems.pdf shows the SB6183 as the only one approved for Ultimate 200 and 300.

You can find it for sale (backordered) at http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-Motorola...otorola+sb6183
I thought when I ordered the 6183 it was in stock. Mine is now back ordered. Sigh. I have confirmation that I'm on the 300/20 plan in my new higher bill. I was locked into a rate until October. I called and complained and got switched to "retentions" and now have a new $65 rate for the next year. I really want to try out the 300 just for the Hell of it. After that I'll probably try to get a good rate on a lower speed. 109 has been great so far, better up is good for Slingbox and online backups, though.
HowardV's Avatar HowardV 12:15 PM 08-30-2014
Joe, you're in the same boat as me. I went down to the TWC branch on Nebraska Ave (Santa Monica) and rented a modem. It's an Arrias DG1670 model (has Wifi built-in - but I have that disabled). They have them in stock and will hand it to you over the counter. $6/month rental fee. The 300 download is overkill for my needs. But the 20 Mbs upload is nice!
joe221's Avatar joe221 12:47 PM 08-30-2014
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Joe, you're in the same boat as me. I went down to the TWC branch on Nebraska Ave (Santa Monica) and rented a modem. It's an Arrias DG1670 model (has Wifi built-in - but I have that disabled). They have them in stock and will hand it to you over the counter. $6/month rental fee. The 300 download is overkill for my needs. But the 20 Mbs upload is nice!
Yeah, I'll probably go rent that for a month while waiting for the 6183.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 02:44 PM 08-31-2014
TWCable.Help@twcable.com just e-mailed me this since I was wondering about the other local cities in So. CA:

"Please refer to: http://www.twcmdu.com/los-angeles.html

You can get an idea when the service speeds may change in your local area. If your area is not listed in this resource you will be notified when the service speeds become available in your local area."

Bah! I guess Brea is the one according to my parents' paper mail bill.
Arvy's Avatar Arvy 09:40 AM 09-03-2014
San Gabriel Valley has Sept. 25 as a target date for the new channel lineup so that's 3 weeks from now. I can't decide if the benefit of auto switching from SD to HD channels outweighs finding the channel numbers in the first place. The Favorites function may become more important to me then. After hearing about the 6 channel tuners, I was all stoked at getting one for free like the MAXX upgrades in Internet speed, but hear that's not likely until Comcast arrives with X1 and for a price increase, too. By then, I just may have moved to a FiOS location anyway.
SPDICKEY's Avatar SPDICKEY 01:16 PM 09-04-2014
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San Gabriel Valley has Sept. 25 as a target date for the new channel lineup so that's 3 weeks from now. I can't decide if the benefit of auto switching from SD to HD channels outweighs finding the channel numbers in the first place. The Favorites function may become more important to me then. After hearing about the 6 channel tuners, I was all stoked at getting one for free like the MAXX upgrades in Internet speed, but hear that's not likely until Comcast arrives with X1 and for a price increase, too. By then, I just may have moved to a FiOS location anyway.
The big benefit of auto switching will be the reduced number of numbers used in the line-ups. No more searching through duplicated SD and HD channels when HD is all I want in the first place. Will be easier once I'd used to punching in "4" for KNBC-HD rather than "404."

And if you want a better DVR, get a TiVo.
henhowc's Avatar henhowc 06:49 PM 09-05-2014
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TWCable.Help@twcable.com just e-mailed me this since I was wondering about the other local cities in So. CA:

"Please refer to: http://www.twcmdu.com/los-angeles.html

You can get an idea when the service speeds may change in your local area. If your area is not listed in this resource you will be notified when the service speeds become available in your local area."

Bah! I guess Brea is the one according to my parents' paper mail bill.
Ugh...I think I'm Bowcroft hub since I'm in Palms/Culver City. Thought Maxx would be coming sooner because I just got the channel line-up change mailer. October
CaCHooKa Man's Avatar CaCHooKa Man 04:52 AM 09-06-2014
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Ugh...I think I'm Bowcroft hub since I'm in Palms/Culver City. Thought Maxx would be coming sooner because I just got the channel line-up change mailer. October
At least you aren't late November like me. I bet Eagle Rock will get pushed back to December or 2015.
johnw248's Avatar johnw248 08:18 AM 09-09-2014
Last night (actually this morning around 3AM) TWC started upgrading FW in the cableCARDS in this system (Chatsworth, LA North)


The old FW:OS Ver: PKEY1.5.3_F.p.1101
Build Time: Jun 6 2013, 16:26:58


The new FW:OS Ver: PKEY2.0.1_F.p.0801
Build Time: Mar 31 2014, 15:12:04


Two cards didn't upgrade but they were "recording" at the time so perhaps they were by-passed and will happen tonight.


This is part of the system rebuild/upgrade and might indicate support for the new 8 tuner cableCARDS.
danki6x's Avatar danki6x 03:58 PM 09-09-2014
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Last night (actually this morning around 3AM) TWC started upgrading FW in the cableCARDS in this system (Chatsworth, LA North)


The old FW:OS Ver: PKEY1.5.3_F.p.1101
Build Time: Jun 6 2013, 16:26:58


The new FW:OS Ver: PKEY2.0.1_F.p.0801
Build Time: Mar 31 2014, 15:12:04


Two cards didn't upgrade but they were "recording" at the time so perhaps they were by-passed and will happen tonight.


This is part of the system rebuild/upgrade and might indicate support for the new 8 tuner cableCARDS.
Locked up my DVR and other box with cable card errors. A power plug pull and restart fixed them. Wife called and they would not give a wait time and said to do this in a phone message they had going, so lots of reboots did not work. /Dan (This is in City of Orange)
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