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Time Warner Maxx modem and speed quick facts

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Time Warner Cable is rolling out their new Maxx service tiers and claiming to have the new tiers in place in my area by the end of 2015.

This means the following with respect to your current tier:

Current tier Maxx tier Old Speed New Speed* price**
Ultimate 50 Ultimate 300 50/5 300/20 $64.99
Extreme Ultimate 200 30/5 200/20 $54.99
Turbo Ultimate 100 20/2 100/10 $44.99
Standard Extreme 50 15/1 50/5 $34.99
Basic Basic 10 3/1 10/1 $29.99
Everyday Low Price Everyday Low Price 2/1 3/1 $14.99

All Speeds Down/Up in Mbps
* Can be as high as 20% above advertised speed
** As of 11/2015

Cable Modems, what you need to know:

First off make sure you get a DOCSIS 3.0 compatible modem to ensure it will work for the foreseeable future. There are many models that will work. TWC has a handy pdf that shows the supported models and the max supported speeds.

You will notice that cable modem manufacturers will advertise a higher speed than TWC will support. For instance my SB6121 advertises that it will support 172 Mbps but TWC will only provision it for 50 Mbps because it only has 4 lanes down.

Lanes (Down/Up) Arris Models Approx. Cost Max Speed on TWC
4/4 SB6121 $50 50/50
8/4 SB6141 $70 100/50
16/4 SB6183 $130 300/50

The main features you want to look at are the downstream lanes so you can determine the maximum speed that you can get with the way TWC has their network configured.

I found all this out after dropping my internet package speed and getting a recurring charge for a modem rental fee that effectively negated my savings in the lower package! At that point I decided to look into purchasing my own cable modem. I ended up paying $50 at walmart (the same modem was $66 on Prime) for the 4/4 SB6121. This might not be the best choice for everyone. I am currently on the 20/2 (Turbo) plan and will just drop back to the new standard (old Ultimate) when Maxx is deployed and save $10 per month. 50/5 will be plenty for my needs for awhile.

The next step up for speeds up to 100 Mbps would be the 8/4 SB6141 and is only $70 on Prime at the time of this writing.

After that I would shop around. I found an SMC D3CM1604 TWC-approved 16/4 for $100 while the Arris is $130.

Have fun and save a few!

NOTE: You will still likely need a router if you want to connect more than one machine and have wireless. But that is a topic for another article.

Please comment with questions!

Written by tmwsiy

November 1st, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Posted in technology