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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:
Netgear joins Wi-Fi mesh wave with Orbi system
2016-08-23 15:50 EST by Daniela

Netgear has announced the new Orbi WiFi System, which ensures high-speed WiFi throughout hard-to-reach areas of the home and no more dead zones.The system includes two devices, a router and a satellite, that are pre-paired together for an easy out-of-the-box set-up. The Orbi router should be connected to internet modem or service provider gateway, while the satellite should be placed in a... »

EFF says T-Mobile One violates net neutrality
2016-08-23 02:58 EST by Daniela

Last week, T-Mobile announced its new unlimited data plan, called "One". However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) considers that this plan violates net neutrality rules.One gives customers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data starting at $70 a month, with the ability to add up to an additional seven lines. One of the plan's limitations is that tethering is stuck at 2G speeds and if... »

Google to kill Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux
2016-08-22 03:17 EST by Daniela

Google has announced plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS. Chrome apps include Google Drive, Google Store, Calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheets, and more. Since 2013 they were available also for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Over the next year, Google says new Chrome apps will only be functional on Chrome OS devices, and in late 2017, the... »

Facebook is working on its own PC gaming platform
2016-08-19 02:56 EST by Daniela

Facebook has announced that it will partner with game engine Unity to build a dedicated, downloadable desktop gaming platform. The platform will be similar to Steam but with more integrated social features. It is actually an update to the Facebook Games Arcade beta from earlier in May. "Our mission is to give people the power to discover, play and share the games they love with the people they... »

AT&T introduces new data plans without overage charges
2016-08-18 03:08 EST by Daniela

AT&T plans to kill off overage charges. The change will come with the launch of new monthly service plans on August 21st. Currently, the charge is typically $15 per gigabyte over.With the new plans, when users exceed their data allowance, they will be throttled to 2G speeds. This is how the system works, according to AT&T:"After all your high-speed data allotments are used, all data usage is... »

Sagemcom F@st 4310 DSL Wireless Router
802.11n ADSL2+/VDSL2 Router

Sagemcom F@st 4310 is a 300Mbps wireless router, which has one RJ-11 ADSL/VDSL port, 4 x 10/100BT Ethernet ports, one additional WAN port and 2 USB 2.0 ports.

WMM (QoS) prioritizes the traffic over the network. A WPS button allows for easy wireless connection with other WPS-enabled devices.

The device provides support for IPV6 protocol. VPN pass-through (IPSec, IKE, PPTP, L2TP) is also... »

DIGISOL DG-WR4801AC Wireless Range Extender
AC750 Dual Band Wireless Repeater

DIGISOL DG-WR4801AC is a 750Mbps (433Mbps on 5GHz and 300Mbps on 2.4GHz) IEEE802.11AC Wireless Universal Repeater which can easily extend the wireless range of your 11AC wireless network.

DG-WR4801AC enhances Wi-Fi range and improves the signal quality of the Wi-Fi network. Integrated power adapter and a compact design make it easy for plugging the device directly into an electrical outlet &... »

Tenda AC15 Wireless Router
1900Mbps Smart Dual-band Gigabit WiFi Router

AC15 delivers both 1300Mbps 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbps 802.11n at 2.4 GHz concurrently. Plus the Broadcom dual-core processor, you can enjoy lag-free bandwidth demanding entertainments fully, such as the HD video streaming and online gaming.

The high speed USB 3.0 features data transfer up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 and the built-in printer server makes it easy to print wirelessly.... »

Tenda AC9 Wireless Router
AC1200 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

AC9 features Broadcom ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and 128MB DDR3 memory. It works in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. The 5GHz band works at up to 867Mbps, while the 2.4GHz frequency tops 300Mbps, which makes a combined bandwidth of 1167Mbps.

With one gigabit Internet port and four gigabit Ethernet ports, speeds can be up to 10× faster than Ethernet connections.

With 2 external dual-band antennas combined... »

TP-Link Archer C5400 Wireless Router
AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Archer C5400 delivers combined Tri-Band Wi-Fi speeds to 5334Mbps, establishing a network that can connect more devices without slowing down.

Smart Connect helps devices run even faster by assigning them to the best available channel to balance network demand.

The Archer C5400 gets a performance boosts of up to 25%, thanks to NitroQAMTM (1024-QAM) and 4-Stream. These advanced technologies... »

TP-Link RE450 Wireless Range Extender
AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender connects to your router wirelessly, strengthening and expanding its signal into areas it can't reach on its own. The device also reduces signal interference to ensure reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home or office.

TP-LINK's RE450 comes with next generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, it's 3 times faster than the standard 802.11n speeds. The... »

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 (218 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 (20 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 (21 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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