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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:
Europe to remove all mobile roaming charges by 2017
2015-06-30 10:15 EST by Daniela

The European parliament has finally approved a law that will eliminate mobile phone roaming charges throughout the EU starting in June 2017. From April 30, 2016, charges for roaming will be capped at a maximum of €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for SMSs and €0.05 per megabyte for data.This means that from 15 June 2017 consumers can use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU paying... »

Researchers boost fiber optic networks power limits 20 times
2015-06-29 10:08 EST by Daniela

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have broken the limits for data transfer in fiber optic. They succeeded to increase the maximum power delivered through the cables by 20 times, which means that the distance could also be increased. "Today's fibre optic systems are a little like quicksand. With fibre optics, after a certain point, the more power you add to the... »

FCC tries to close loopholes in wireless spectrum auctions
2015-06-26 10:26 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed his colleagues commissioners to change the rules for spectrum auctions in order to prevent the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. During the spectrum auction last year, Dish network obtained $3 billion worth of "small business" credits by using two tiny companies in order to game the bidding process."At... »

ISPs slow internet service on purpose
2015-06-25 10:14 EST by Daniela

A recent ISP speed report has shown that the internet providers don't actually provide the speeds that their customers are paying for.The study, run by internet activists BattlefortheNet, followed the results from 300,000 internet users and found significant degradations on the networks of the five largest internet service providers (ISPs) - AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and... »

Global Internet speed grows 10% to 5 Mbps, but only 4.6% have broadband
2015-06-24 10:01 EST by Daniela

Akamai Technologies today released its First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation. Beginning this quarter, security-related content that was... »


LevelOne WAP-6003 Wireless Access Point
150Mbps 802.11n Wireless Access Point

The LevelOne WAP-6003 is a wireless access point that offers home and office users 802.11n technology at a competitive price.

With wireless speeds of up to 150 Mbps, it offers big improvements on legacy 11g devices for users who want to surf the net, stream videos and conduct large file transfers all at the same time. Supports AP, client, WDS, and Repeater modes for customized wireless... »

ZyXEL NBG6616 Wireless Router
Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Media Router

The ZyXEL NBG6616 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Media Router uses the latest AC technology to deliver concurrent transfer rates of up to 300Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867Mbps for 5 GHz.

The ZyXEL NBG6616 QoS feature avoids this by prioritizing bandwidth usage to optimize multi-stream HD video, gaming, IP voice services and Web browsing.

Easily set up and manage your home network devices... »

ZTE MF61 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G Mobile Hotspot

Create your own personal hotspot on the go with the T-Mobile MF61 4G Mobile Hotspot—get high-speed Internet on up to five Wi-Fi devices, using a single mobile broadband connection.

Capacity 1500mAh

comes with a microSD memory card slot

GSM/GPRS: 1900 MHz;UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100)... »

Linksys EA6100 Wireless Router
Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless AC

Featuring USB 2.0 and four Fast Ethernet ports along with the latest Wireless-AC technology, the AC1200 provides fast, reliable speeds for bandwidth-hungry devices.

By leveraging dual bands with up to N300 Mbps + AC867 Mbps, data traffic can flow quickly and with minimal buffering - meaning gaming, media streaming and general Internet activities can happen simultaneously, keeping all users... »

ZTE MF97S Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G TD-LTE/FDD Mobile Hotspot

The ZTE MF97S is a 4G FDD/TD mobile hotspot that provides download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps.

The device has a micro SD slot (up to 32GB). It comes with a 3000mAh, Li-lon battery.

The hotspot provides advanced features, such as auto-install, VPN,... »

Netgear CM500 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem

The Netgear CM500 High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 680Mbps.

It is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certified and supports 16 download & 4 upload channels simultaneously for reliable Internet access even during peak hours. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides faster access and downloads.

This modem supports advanced Quality of Service (QoS) and... »


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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