Questions about possibly switching to Time Warner cable internet?
As you can imagine the DSL service is becoming much too slow to actually do anything on, and I have not seen a speed upgrade in over 10 years when I signed up for this service in 2004 and I am looking for something better but I have a few questions that cannot be answered by the cable company. Verizon DSL service is 3mb.
Time warner basically has a monopoly for my address other than verizon DSL service so I have no other choices really.
My house already has cable service with Time warner, however the picture is not very clear, some channels, especially the local news channels, are very blurry. I have no idea what is going on with the wiring in this house, but its gotta be about 30 years old and I don't have anyone local who can help me with this matter. Would this mean our internet signal and quality would also be bad?
We do not currently use cable boxes, we have 2 standard TV's and one HD TV. The HDTV gets OTA HD which is very clear on the channels it is offered on with only a little artifacting here and there. We are not ready to upgrade to all HDTVs as we have these huge CRT's in our house and have no one to help us dispose of them, and there is no one living in this house that is able to move a huge beast like that. Upgrading would be very costly as we would also need TV stands on which to place the HDTV's. We would have to purchase TV stands and pay for disposal and removal of the old TV's plus we would have to pay for setup of the new ones. Hopefully upgrading would not cause a problem with this arrangement for now. I also don't want to use a cable box because they take up extra inputs on my TV which I do not have to spare. All of my ports are full on my TV. One TV is unable to have a cable box attached because there is something going on with the wires in the back that is a problem I cannot tackle myself.
Based on this if we were to upgrade to TWC for internet, home phone and Cable TV would our house need costly cable wiring upgrades to get a decent reliable signal?
What is involved with installation, do you just plug in a modem and router to the cable wire? Because I can handle that just fine. I do know about the modem rental fees and I plan on buying my own equipment but again I can handle that just fine.
The price, this is the big thing, I am sure TWC would offer us a very attractive bundle offer then up our rates after the promotion period is over as all places do that. How much are we looking at as a regular non promotional rate, as we plan on keeping this service for life obviously once it is installed. I guess if we are paying about $90 each to verizon and twc for separate services it makes sense just to bundle as I can't imagine the cost becoming that high that it is more than what our current bills are. I assume calling and threatening to cancel to get a better rate is out because cable companies are on to this tactic now.
We only have 2 internet users in the house and both are adults, but I personally have a large amount of devices, I have 3 gaming consoles but they are not used much for online gaming, mostly to download files, As you can imagine these files have slowed to a crawl as for download speeds and it can take all day or multiple days to download one of the xbox live gold free games for example. I just spent over 8 hours uploading a video to my facebook page and I can't even upload anything to youtube right now as it takes days.... I also have a perk farm for making extra cash and I would like to keep that going, plus I do basically every other GPT app that is known out there. Are there any data caps with TWC service for now?
I am assuming that some sort of standard internet plan would be fine for my use, as I really just need a little bit more than what I Have with DSL right now. I do not need 100meg internet or anything that is that speedy. I don't expect games that are multiple gigs in size to download instantly or anything like that, if I could download a game that is multiple gigs in 2-3 hours that would be great. If I could upload a video that is under 10 min in length to youtube or facebook in under 3-5 hours that would also be great.
Does the TWC cable internet slow down when other people use the service in the neighborhood? I know my next door neighbors have TWC for everything. My whole neighborhood is unemployed people so everyone is sitting at home all day using the internet I assume. Does it slow down when the TV's in the house are turned on? Does it slow down when someone uses the telephone? The other 2 people I live with talk on the phone a lot. If it consistently slows when other people use it then its not worth upgrading since it would just be slower than the dedicated DSL line I currently have. I am pretty sure I am the only person on my whole street using landline phone service and internet from verizon right now.
TWC's wifi hotspots are very attractive for me, as you can imagine its very frustrating for me not to have a log in for these hotspots, as they are everywhere here. I cannot afford a cell phone with an expensive data plan as its just too expensive. I signed up for ring plus recently and have the LG volt on a ring plus free plan which meets my needs just fine as I never talk on the phone but I need to have a phone in case my car breaks down. But I would like to have more access to these TWC wifi hotspots that are almost everywhere where I live without paying huge extra fees the cell phone providers that cost a very large amount of money for data plans. This would basically permanently eliminate my need for cell phone data if I could get connected to these TWC wifi hotspots.
I would be very grateful for some help with this, thanks.