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We cover Broadband Internet connections, network security, wireless 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:
AT&T joins others in offering unlimited data plan
2017-02-17 17:10 EST by Daniela

Following in the footsteps of its competitors Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, AT&T also starts offering new unlimitted data plans today. "We're offering unlimited entertainment on the nation's best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group in a statement. The new plans will be available for... »

Yahoo warns users of account breaches related to recent attacks
2017-02-16 16:25 EST by Daniela

Yahoo has admitted yet another hacking incident. The company is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. This is related to a third data breach that the company disclosed in December 2016. A warning sent to some Yahoo users Wednesday read: "Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access... »

Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app
2017-02-15 16:01 EST by Daniela

Comcast will soon launch a new app for iOS and Android devices, called Xfinity Stream that will replace the current Xfinity TV app on mobile devices. The app will basically mimic the X1 platform on Internet-connected devices and promises to cover just about everything you can do with your TV subscription.It will allow Comcast pay TV subs to obtain full access to the in-home TV service, as... »

T-Mobile responds to Verizon by improving its own unlimited data plan
2017-02-14 03:55 EST by Daniela

In response to Verizon's new unlimited data plan, T-Mobile upgraded its own, making it even a better one. T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the update in a series of tweets.According to those tweets, T-Mobile One will now include HD video streaming and 10GB of mobile tethering for every customer, every month. Those used to be add-ons that you'd have to pay $25 per month to get as part of... »

Verizon now offering unlimited data plans
2017-02-13 14:14 EST by Daniela

Verizon has announced that it will revive its unlimited data plans. Starting today, the company will offer what it's calling Verizon Unlimited. The plan will cost $80 for an individual line or $45 for each line on a four-line family plan. Those prices are described as "introductory" and require both paperless billing and AutoPay to be enabled.Users will get unlimited talk, text, and data. There... »

D-Link DAP-1860 Wireless Range Extender
AC2600 Wi-Fi Extender

The DAP-1860 is a wireless range extender, that can also operate in access point mode. It provides up to 1,732Mbps on the 5GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for maximum throughput with less Wi-Fi interference.

It is designed to support MU-MIMO technology that allows multiple devices to get high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal at the same time, distributing data more efficiently, giving you the... »

TP-Link Archer C1200 Wireless Router
AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The Archer C1200 provides a total of 1200Mbps wireless speeds (300Mbps on 2.4GHz + 867Mbps on 5GHz).

With four built-in gigabit Ethernet ports, the Archer C1200 can provide fast, stable connections to all of your favorite wired devices, including game consoles, smart TVs, DVRs, and more.

With the two USB 2.0 ports, you can share printers, files, and media with numerous devices on your local... »

D-Link DIR-842 Wireless Router
AC1200 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

The DIR-842 AC1200 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router is a wireless networking solution providing wireless speeds of up to 1200Mbps (867Mbps AC + 300Mbps N).

By combining high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification with dual-band technology and Gigabit Ethernet ports, the DIR-842 provides a seamless networking experience for SOHOs.

The built-in Quality of Service (QoS) engine allows you to prioritize... »

Netgear CM1000 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.1 Ultra-High Speed Cable Modem

The NETGEAR CM1000 Ultra-High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 1 Gbps.

It is the industry's first DOCSIS 3.1 CableLabs Certified cable modem, 10X faster than DOCSIS 3.0. DOCSIS 3.1 technology considerably reduces latency for gaming and enhances user experience for high-speed applications like virtual and augmented reality.

Enjoy ultra... »

D-Link DIR-895L Wireless Router
AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

The DIR-895L introduces Smart Connect, a new D-Link feature which when combined with
an additional 5 Ghz antenna can provide up to a full 5300Mbps (1,000 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 2,166 Mbps in 5GHz + 2,166 Mbps in 5GHz) of total wireless bandwidth, it supports concurrent 801.11ac and 802.11n wireless clients.

Eight high-performance external antennas and high-power amplifiers can deliver improved... »

Tenda FH330 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wall-Penetrating Wireless Router

4*5dbi external high gain omni-directional antennas with 300Mbps wireless transmission rate ensure stable WiFi with WiFi coverage up to 300m.

WiFi timer switch lets you enjoy a greenlumi and healthy e-life. WiFi is enabled automatically during daytime, providing a freewheeling internet access. WiFi is disabled automatically at night, ensuring a healthy and green e-life.

IP-based broadband... »

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 (223 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 (27 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 (25 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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