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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:
AT&T starts testing 5G wireless with Intel in Austin
2016-12-07 03:08 EST by Daniela

AT&T conducted this week its first 5G business customer trial at one of Intel's Austin offices. The trial was in cooperation with Ericsson and Intel and aimed to show what 5G technology can do for enterprise customers.The companies are using millimeter wave (mmWave) technology to power the 5G demonstration. It featured streaming 4K HD video, real-time camera feeds and speeds of almost 14... »

Apple confirms interest in self-driving cars
2016-12-06 03:10 EST by Daniela

Speculations of a potential Apple self-driving car have been in the wild for a long time. But a letter sent last month to U.S. transportation officials sheds some light into the company's plans.In the letter, Steve Kenner, director of product integrity at Apple writes that Apple is "excited" about the potential of automated transportation and that the company is "investing heavily" into machine... »

FCC slams AT&T and Verizon over zero-rating offers
2016-12-05 03:20 EST by Daniela

The FCC considers that Verizon and AT&T sponsored data plans are a threat to net neutrality. The commission is concerned AT&T and Verizon still have a cost advantage over rivals, since they provide the streaming service and own the networks. The services in question are "DirectTV" and "FreeBee Data 360". The commission sent letters to the two companies.The FCC claims that AT&T's sponsored data... »

Nokia brand returns to smartphone market
2016-12-02 03:23 EST by Daniela

Nokia will reportedly return on the stage of the smartphones in early 2017 with a range of new feature Android smartphones. This happens after some former managers of the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn.The new phones will be manufactured by Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile. A Finnish startup HMD will... »

Netflix adds offline viewing
2016-12-01 03:19 EST by Daniela

The streaming giant Netflix already allows its users to download films and TV shows in advance to watch them without an internet connection.The option is available on iOS and Android devices. It works with all Netflix plans. Users need to update their Netflix app to the latest version, which launched yesterday. Downloadable content can be found via the new "Available for Download" category... »

Netgear C7000 Cable Gateway
AC1900 Nighthawk Cable Router

Nighthawk features 1.6GHz combined processor, 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and USB port.

Simultaneous Dual Band reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices. The router provides combined speed of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps N + 1300Mbps AC).

With 24x8 channel bonding, you'll maintain your connection speed even during peak hours, and technologies like Beamforming+ improves... »

TP-Link Archer VR2600 DSL Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Router

The Archer VR2600 provides a total of 2600Mbps wireless speeds (2.4GHz - 800Mbps and 5GHz - 1733Mbps).

Four high-performance external antennas help the Archer VR2600 create a strong, far-reaching network for your home. Beamforming technology further improves the router's coverage by helping it locate wireless devices to form stronger, more reliable connections, even with mobile devices moving... »

Tenda FH307 Wireless Router
N300 Wireless High Power Router

Two high-gain omni-directional antenna and the latest antenna technology ensure stronger signals and wider coverage.

Broadom chipset as used in Apple devices and amplifier technology allow for increased signal strength vs ordinary routers.

The router supports Wi-Fi extender mode, as well as WPA/WPA2... »

Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless Router
Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router with 1.6 GHz CPU

With an advanced 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB of RAM, the WRT1900ACS delivers improvements in wired, wireless, and network storage performance over its predecessor, the WRT1900AC.

At speeds up to N600 + AC1300 Mbps, the WRT1900ACS meets the needs of the most demanding home Wi-Fi networks. Equipped with a four-antenna configuration, the router provides exceptional signal strength and range.... »

Arris SBX-AC1200P Wireless Range Extender
SURFboard Wi-Fi Hotspot with RipCurrent Technology

The SURFboard SBX-AC1200P Network Extender lets you transmit and receive data over power lines in your home. The SURFboard SBX-AC1200P Network Extender connects directly to any outlet in your home to extend and enhance your network connectivity.

RipCurrent technology utilizes your home's existing electrical lines, via technology to expand your network coverage. Thanks to RipCurrent, the... »

Arris SB6190 Cable Modem
SURFboard Cable Modem

The SB6190 enables channel bonding of up to 32 downstream channels and 8 upstream channels, which provide download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps.

MoCA reject filter ensures carefree interoperation of MoCA and DOCSIS networks.

The cable modem supports IPv4 and IPv6. It is compatible with major U.S. Cable... »

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 (220 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 (24 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 (24 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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