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We cover Broadband Internet connections, network security and system performance. A large section of SG focuses on Cable Modems and DSL technology, stressing on improving TCP/IP performance over high speed/latency networks. Some of the more popular SG network tools are listed below:
Wi-Fi Alliance starts certification of WiGig
2016-10-25 15:51 EST by Daniela

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the start of a certification program that could speed up the arrival of networking devices next year supporting WiGig on the less congested 60 GHz band.WiGig, also known as Wi-Fi 802.11ad, uses a new radio using wi-fi technology. It transmits traffic across a much higher frequency band than wi-fi, allowing it to move considerably more traffic: the 60 GHz range.... »

AT&T to acquire Time Warner
2016-10-24 08:42 EST by Daniela

AT&T will buy Time Warner for about $85.4 billion. We may expect that the Dallas telephone giant probably won't take control of Time Warner until sometime in 2018. Before the acquisition comes true, it must be approved by regulators. US lawmakers have already raised questions about the deal. The U.S. Justice Department, has the power to reject such a deal if it violates antitrust laws. AT&T said... »

Netgear releases Nighthawk X10 802.11AC + AD router
2016-10-21 03:20 EST by Daniela

Netgear introduced the Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router, suitable for media streaming and instant backup. The Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi router combines a 1.7GHz Quad Core processor and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, providing combined wireless speeds up to 7.2Gbps. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz... »

T-Mobile to pay $48M over misleading 'unlimited' data plans
2016-10-20 02:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile will pay $48 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission for misleading customers about its "unlimited" data plan.The Federal Communications Commission found that T-Mobile had a policy to slow down the speeds of the heaviest data users during periods of network congestion. However, the company didn't adequately inform the customers about the practice.According to the... »

Qualcomm announces the world's first 5G modem
2016-10-19 03:25 EST by Daniela

Qualcomm has announced that it is working on its very first phone-ready 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50 5G. The chip is expected to be available for testing next year and to start selling in mobile devices in the first half of 2018.The X50 will offer download speeds as high as 5Gbps (bits per second), where networks support them. That is roughly 100 times faster than peak speeds claimed by most... »

Amped Wireless REC22P Wireless Range Extender
High Power AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender

Expand the range of your existing home or office single band or dual band wireless network by repeating the existing Wi-Fi signal. Four 2.4/5GHz amplifiers, four low noise amplifiers, and two high gain dual band antennas (one internal, one external) provide up to 11,000 sq ft of Wi-Fi coverage.

This extender features a technology that increases overall speed and performance by streamlining... »

Amped Wireless RE2600M Wireless Range Extender
ATHENA-EX High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender

The ATHENA-EX is designed for the multi-device household. Built with a Dual-Core Processor, 16 high power amplifiers, and 4 high gain antennas, the ATHENA-EX delivers up to 15,000 square feet of additional Wi-Fi coverage.

The extender provides combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 2600Mbps: 2.4GHz 800Mbps + 5GHz 1733Mbps.

With a total of 16 advanced amplifiers (4 x 2.4GHz amplifiers, 4 x 5GHz... »

Sagemcom F@st 3284 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 VoIP Wireless Gateway

Sagemcom F@st 3284 achieves multi-FXS management. It can manage up to 3 VoIP lines. Advanced voice supplementary services offered by Sagemcom F@st 3284 are VMWI, call waiting, call transfer and others.

Sagemcom F@st 3284 integrates an embedded DLNA media server using Samba and UPnP protocols, thus allowing the end user to share contents (photos, video, music) across his digital network.... »

Netgear EX7300 Wireless Range Extender
AC2200 Nighthawk X4 WiFi Range Extender

Extend any router's existing WiFi with the Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender, delivering speeds up to 2.2Gbps (450Mbps N + 1733Mbps AC). It increases coverage up to 10,000 sq. ft.

MU-MIMO lets you stream to multiple devices for faster speeds than traditional WiFi, while FastLane technology improves performance using both WiFi bands. High-power amplifiers and internal antenna array... »

TRENDnet TEW-740APBO Wireless Access Point
10dBi Wireless N300 Outdoor PoE Access Point

TRENDnet's 10 dBi Outdoor PoE Access Point, model TEW-740APBO, provides Wireless N300 building-to-building connectivity.

A variety of installation scenarios are facilitated with Access Point (AP), Wireless Distribution System (WDS), Repeater, and CPE + AP modes. The AP allows you to create up to eight additional SSIDs.

It comes with a proprietary PoE injector, so that it can connect a... »

Netgear D2200D DSL Wireless Router
802.11n ADSL2+ Gateway

The Netgear D2200D is a single WAN 802.11n ADSL gateway platform that offers operators a highly cost-effective solution with the Netgear quality, reliability, ease-of-use and best-in-class performance they expect.

The D2200D allows end-users to experience fast N300 speeds, consistent and reliable connections and an easy-to-manage network from one-touch set-up, with Push 'N' Connect (WPS),... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (153 comments)

Windows 7 TweaksWindows Vista introduces a number of new features to the TCP/IP stack, including CTCP, and TCP Window Auto-Tuning. This new implementation works much better by default than previous Windows versions with broadband internet connections, and is able to adjust the RWIN value on the fly, depending on the BDP (bandwidth-delay product). This, however, introduces some problems with older routers and restricts the user from tweaking some of the TCP/IP parameters. Still, there is always some room for... »

How To Crack WEP and WPA Wireless Networks
by Philip (93 comments)

Introduction With the popularity of wireless networks and mobile computing, an overall understanding of common security issues has become not only relevant, but very necessary for both home/SOHO users and IT professionals alike. This article is aimed at illustrating current security flaws in WEP/WPA/WPA2. Successfully cracking a wireless network assumes some basic familiarity with networking principles and terminology, as well as working with command-line tools. A basic familiarity... »

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (219 comments)

ipconfigI've often found it useful to get just the wireless functionality out of a WiFi router and reuse it as an access point. Wireless routers seem more common, and are often priced even lower than wireless access points. Adding an access point to a wired network already in place, or to one where the main NAT router is provided by the ISP is usually the easiest solution. However, introducing a second NAT router on the network is not a good idea, especially without some tweaking to set it... »

Windows 8, 10, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (24 comments)

Windows 8 TweaksThe Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences, new syntax for applying tweaks, and some new settings. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is always some room for improvement and we will try to cover all relevant settings and their effect on your connection in detail below.To run some of the outlined commands, you will need to use an administrator account. With... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (22 comments)

Online Gaming can often benefit from some fine-tuning of Windows TCP/IP settings and the Network Adapter properties. This article is intended to supplement our general broadband tweaks and list only TCP/IP settings that are specific to online gaming and reducing network latency. Some of these settings are also mentioned in our general tweaking articles, however, the emphasis here is on latency rather than throughput, and we have complemented the tweaks with more gaming-specific recommendations... »

Windows Vista tcpip.sys connection limit patch for Event ID 4226
by Philip (19 comments)

Microsoft enforces a limit on half-open TCP/IP connections that is hard-coded in tcpip.sys. The maximum simultaneous half-open (incomplete) outbound TCP connection attempts per second that the system can make is intended to limit the spread of malicious viruses and worms, as well as limit the possibility of launching a DDoS attack. However, it has proven to also limit some applications using many TCP connections, such as P2P and P2PTV programs.When the OS reaches the half-open connection limit,... »

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