There is an awful lot to think about before you sign up for an internet connection and often it can be incredibly confusing. You have to think about how exactly you will use your web access. Will you be constantly downloading large files or simply checking your emails every now and again? You also have to choose from a raft of companies who all offer a range of different types of connection.
To try and help you through the technicalities of megabytes per second and costs per month, here is a summary of the various Time Warner internet plans.
Time Warner, considered by many to provide some of the best high-speed internet deals, has a group of plans called Road Runner. Within this bundle there are three options, but which one is right for you?
The three Time Warner internet plans differ in the speeds and prices on offer. If you are a web addict and want to quickly download multiple large files, then Road Runner High Speed is probably suited to you. This is up to three times faster than other more basic DSL plans. There is free software and virus protection included in this bundle and for those worried parents there are a number of controls that you can apply. This lightning-fast 15Mbps service does come at a premium of nearly $35 a month. On the plus side, there’s no need to sign a contract and you could receive a free wireless modem.
The next service, Road Runner Basic, provides a 1.5Mbps connection, which is markedly slower than High Speed but may be enough for your requirements. You don’t get the parental controls or the malware protection with this deal. This package, however, is about $8 cheaper per month.
The third package, Road Runner 768 Light, is ideal for very light users who will not be downloading big files or streaming video. With up to 1Mbps, the main appeal here is the $19.99 price tag per month.
Time Warner provides an easy-to-use comparison chart on its website to help you work out which is the best package for you.
Now that you know what’s on offer, you need to know exactly what you need. There is no point in making a saving on cost only to be frustrated as you watch videos endlessly buffer on your screen. At the same time, there is no point in paying more for bandwidth you are simply not going to use.
Take the time to monitor how much, how often and for what you will be using the internet. Also be sure to check with anyone else who will be using the connection. If you are sharing it with someone who will be downloading large amounts, streaming video on bandwidth-hungry applications such as the BBC iPlayer or regularly using VoIP programs such as Skype then it really is advisable to plump for the Road Runner High Speed. Conversely, if you are a light user then you will probably be happy with either of the two lower-speed connections.
To sum up, Time Warner’s three Road Runner cable internet plans have enough variety for most users and the higher-cost connections come with a variety of perks. Essentially, it is up to you to clearly establish what you need the connection for before you take the plunge.
Tamara Matthews is the editor of a renowned broadband technology company. Tamara likes to share her knowledge and ideas on broadband and cable providers. You can check her latest articles: Time Warner internet plans, AT&T internet etc.