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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:
Apple iOS vulnerable to WiFi SSL bug that can lock devices
2015-04-24 09:01 EST by Daniela

Researchers at Skycure have found that Apple devices using iOS 8 are vulnerable to fly-by WiFi attacks. The bug allows nearby attackers to send apps that can cause an endless reboot cycle and temporarily makes the devices useless.Called "No iOS Zone" it allows a rogue WiFi hotspot to launch a DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service). The attack can be achieved by exploilting a flaw in the SSL... »

Google unveils "Project Fi" mobile service using Sprint and T-Mobile networks
2015-04-23 09:56 EST by Daniela

Google has finally announced its long-awaited wireless service. Called "Project Fi", it combines access to Sprint and T-Mobile's wireless networks with the ability to make calls over Wi-Fi. The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks which means calls, texts, and data will automatically be sent out via whichever service has the strongest... »

Nevada passes bill to collect online sales tax
2015-04-22 10:00 EST by Daniela (1 comments)

Nevada lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow the authorities to collect more tax revenue from online retailers. The idea was proposed by the Democrats several years ago, but so far hasn't been supported by the Republicans."The reality is that we (Democrats) have been pushing this for the last 10 years," said Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas. "But we've never got to two-thirds. Now finally... »

Google adds 'Mobile Friendliness' to its search ranking
2015-04-21 09:35 EST by Daniela

Starting today, Google makes changes to its search algorithm, giving mobile-friendly websites a boost on smartphones. The change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and means that mobile-friendly websites will get higher positions in search results. Those sites that are not considered "mobile-friendly" by Google's new system will drop down search results.Even though Google's... »

Comcast and Time Warner to meet with DOJ to discuss merger
2015-04-20 10:29 EST by Daniela

In an attempt to save their merger, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. plan to meet with Department of Justice Officials this week to discuss the deal. This will be their first meeting since the potential merger was announced.Staff attorneys in the Justice Department's antitrust division want to block the $45.2 billion deal because according to them, the creation of a nationwide cable giant... »

D-Link GO-RT-N300 Wireless Router
Wireless N300 Easy Router

The GO-RT-N300 creates a high-speed home network with wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps for fast file transfers, seamless web surfing, and smooth online gaming.

The built-in internal antenna increases your wireless network's coverage so you can avoid "dead spots" and get a reliable connection in more places throughout your home.

The GO-RT-N300 also has Repeater Mode, which allows you... »

D-Link DIR-600M Wireless Router
N150 Wireless Home Router

The DIR-600M creates a high-speed home network with wireless speeds of up to 150 Mbps
for fast file transfers, seamless web surfing, and smooth online gaming.

The external antenna provides good coverage for your network so you can avoid "dead spots" and get a reliable connection in more places throughout your home.

The DIR-600M also has Repeater mode, which allows you to extend the... »

Arris Touchstone TG1662 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Telephony Gateway

The Touchstone TG1662 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. The TG1662 combines two analog voice lines, a 4-port Gigabit Router, and 802.11n wireless access point with two independent simultaneously operating 802.11n radios into a single device capable of support both home and small office applications.

Using an advanced dual core processor, the TG1662 can achieve high... »

Netgear R6700 Wireless Router
Nighthawk AC1750 Smart WiFi Router

The Netgear Nighthawk R6700 AC1750 Smart WiFi router boasts a 1GHz dual core processor, and provides up to 1750Mbps wireless throughput (450 Mbps N + 1300 Mbps AC speeds).

It supports Beamforming+ and external antennas for greater wireless network coverage. It supports prioritized bandwidth for lag-free gaming and prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music.

It is compatible with... »

Planet WDRT-750AC Wireless Router
750Mbps 802.11ac Wireless Broadband Router

PLANET WDRT-750AC Wireless Broadband Router supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standard and dual band technology, meaning it can provide the wireless speed up to 433Mbps in the 5GHz frequency band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time.

Since there are more and more wireless applications and electric devices using the radio frequency of 2.4GHz, the wireless channel of 2.4GHz has... »

ADB / Pirelli VA 2220 VoIP Gateway
Triple-play Gateway with ADSL2+ WAN access

The VA 2220 offers a triple-play service and home connectivity solution to your subscribers, with a high speed Wi-Fi connection - up to 300Mbps - and 4 Ethernet 10/100 Base-T/TX ports.

File and printer sharing is easy, users can simply plug in a USB hard disk or a printer and share it across their home network. With optional DLNA media sharing, the user can easily share multimedia content with... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (149 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 (3 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 (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... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip

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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