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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:
Intel, Micron reveal 3D XPoint memory 1,000 times faster than modern storage
2015-07-29 09:52 EST by Daniela

Intel and Micron have announced a new breakthrough in the world of memory chips. They have built a 3D architecture called 3D XPoint memory that's up to 1,000-times faster than existing NAND technology.The innovation forms a new memory tier between DRAM and NAND. It is a radical resistive-RAM technology that is bit-addressable and non-volatile. That means software can access it far more easily... »

Android phones can be hacked with a MMS
2015-07-28 10:18 EST by Daniela

A security researcher has warned that the vast majority of Android phones can be hacked by sending them a specially crafted multimedia message (MMS). about 95 percent of Android devices worldwide are vulnerable. The only thing a hacker needs to compromise a handset is his phone number.Joshua Drake from mobile security firm Zimperium has developed an exploit for the bug, named "Stagefright" after... »

US Census Bureau hacked by "Anonymous" hackers
2015-07-27 10:24 EST by Daniela

Hackers linked to the group Anonymous have showed off that they have successfully hacked the United States Census Bureau. They have obtained sensitive data from 4,200 Census Bureau workers. The leak came from a database belonging to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, which collects audit reports from government agencies and other organizations spending federal grants."Earlier this week, the Census... »

US Treasury's intelligence network vulnerable to hacking
2015-07-24 11:12 EST by Daniela

A recent report from Reuters claims that a third of the devices in the Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network were vulnerable to hacking in 2014. Despite the fact, there is no evidence they were ever compromised.The US Treasury's Foreign Intelligence Network is used to track foreign threats to America's financial system."Devices may not be protected with the most secure recommended configurations,... »

FCC plans to reject Dish Network's $3.3 billion airwaves discounts
2015-07-23 17:49 EST by Daniela

Dish Network Corp. on Wednesday protested against FCC's decision to reject the $3.3 billion in discounts that Dish Network received in the AWS-3 auction. The commission has decided that Dish's bidding partners do not qualify for the small business discount.Dish was the biggest winner of the AWS-3 auction held in January this year. However, it used smaller companies (Northstar Wireless and SNR... »

Netgear MBR1516 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Router

Designed with low latency applications and mobile multimedia in mind, the MBR1516 delivers high performance and multiservice user experience.

For business applications, the MBR1516 provides high availability with an Ethernet WAN port for primary network access and the Mobile WAN port for failover.

The router provides Multi-SSID support, WMM (QoS) and a WPS button. It has a built-in SMS... »

Huawei HG556a Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
300Mbps 3G ADSL2+ VoIP Router

Huawei HG556a 300Mbps Wireless Router is a 3G VoIP home gateway using ADSL2+ technology. It has one RJ-11 WAN port, as well as a USB port for 3G USB modems.

In addition to the high-speed WAN interface, HG556a also provides LAN interfaces to facilitate flexible LAN networking of business terminals and interworking between household terminals.

It can function as a print server when connected... »

TP-Link Archer C9 Wireless Router
AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Archer C9 comes with the next generation 11ac Wi-Fi standard, offering total data transfer speeds up to 1.9Gbps. With 1.3Gbps over the clearer 5GHz frequency, and 600Mbps using two wireless chips to maximize performance over the 2.4GHz frequency, your whole home will get excellent wireless coverage.

1GHz dual-core CPU function as a great 'heart' for fast, stable and responsive performance... »

Netis WF2533 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N High Power Router

The Netis 300Mbps Wireless N High Power router WF2533 provides long range, high performance wireless Internet access over large areas.

With the Turbo button, you may easily control the transmission power. Under the high power mode, you will enjoy much better network experience in large homes, multi-floor offices or warehouses.

Multi-SSID provide up to 3 additional separate networks for... »

Huawei E5338 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
21Mbps 3G Wireless Hotspot

The E5338's frame measures just 6.8 mm thin and 88.4 mm by 54.5 mm. Its lightweight form is designed for portability and comfort. So take it anywhere and everywhere.

The long-lasting 1500 mAh battery equips you with up to 6 hours of working time in between charges and 300 hours of standby time.

The E5338 allows you to access the Internet via 3G or Wi-Fi. When you are using the
E5338 in... »

Arris Touchstone DG860P2 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Cable Gateway

The Touchstone DOCSIS 3.0 Residential Gateway is an 8x4 advanced gateway product which combines a 4-port Gigabit Router, and a 802.11n wireless access point into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

Using multi-processor technology, the DG860P2 can simultaneously achieve high bandwidth DOCSIS performance without affecting the Wi-Fi and other gateway... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (150 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 (201 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 (5 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... »

Windows Vista tcpip.sys connection limit patch for Event ID 4226
by Philip (18 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,... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (4 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... »

Acer TravelMate 292 XC Laptop
by terrancelam (4 comments)

Introduction The Travel Mate 292XC is a part of the 290 Series laptops from Acer. There is a large range of models within the 290 series with different specifications, some Centrino based, and others just Pentium M. This particular model being reviewed, the LX-T3505.455, is a Celeron M 330 processor version and it is a very well priced for its specifications. This model was purchased for about $599.99 CAD and has the following specs: Processor: Intel Celeron M 330 Processor... »

D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router
by Dave Upton (Massa) (38 comments)

routerIntroduction D-Link was founded in 1986, and since then has catered to both consumer and SOHO users. D-Link is already a well known name in the home networking market, however in the past D-Link products have been considered inferior to those of their competitors such as Linksys (Cisco) and Netgear (Bay Networks). Recently this stigma has begun to disappear with D-Link taking a large portion of the home and SOHO markets. The D-Link DI-524 is one of the company's new series of Wireless-G routers,... »

Compex NetPassage 26G Wireless Gateway
by Philip

Introduction Compex is an established, yet forward-thinking company in the networking, wireless and telecommunications industry. The company was founded in 1987 and focuses on designing, development and manufacturing a complete line of networking products for the home, SOHO, broadband, and WLAN market needs. The NetPassage 26G is a notable addition to the wireless wave of broadband routers that is sweeping the current home/SOHO market. It comes with a... »

Netgear RP614 Review
by Jason (Qwijib0) Katterhenry (17 comments)

Netgear is well known in the networking market.  Originally a consumer-oriented subsidiary of Bay Networks, they have since been spun off to become their own company.  Some of the first consumer routers came out of Netgear, and they have been a major player in the home networking scene.  Their latest line of products sports a new sleek look, a major change of the square purple boxes for which they were known.  Personally, I was a fan of the old box, but then again, not everybody wants a... »

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