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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:
Sony unveils Google Glass rival
2014-12-17 09:57 EST by Daniela

Sony has unveiled a prototype head-mounted display that can easily attach to any sort of eyewear and provides users with visual information directly in front of their eye. Called "SmartEyeGlass Attach", the device can be a potential rival of Google Glass. It is expected to be formally unveiled at CES next month.Unlike Google Glass, this Single-Lens Display Module doesn't have a camera, which may...

FCC plans to fine Sprint $105 million for overcharging customers
2014-12-16 16:24 EST by Daniela

The FCC reportedly intends to fine Sprint $105 million for overcharging its customers. The proposal for the penalty came from the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. It hasn't been finalized or voted on yet.The so-called data cramming has become very popular recently. It refers to the practice of billing customers for third-party services that they hadn't asked for and didn't...

Microsoft recommends users to remove a recent update for Windows 7
2014-12-15 10:11 EST by Daniela

Microsoft has recommended Windows 7 users to remove a broken recent update. Although the update works fine on latest operating systems, it causes some problems in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, one of which is preventing the installation of a newer update that could potentially fix it.The KB3004394 was released last week as part of the company's regular Patch Tuesday - recently...

FCC increases broadband speeds under Connect America fund
2014-12-12 09:52 EST by Daniela

The FCC has announced that from now on broadband providers that get federal subsidies will have to provide their customer with at least 10Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed. This requirement affects only companies subsidized by the Connect America Fund, which comes from fees paid by phone customers. "The FCC will now require companies receiving Connect America funding for fixed broadband...

Google News to shut down in Spain ahead of new law
2014-12-11 10:14 EST by Daniela

Earlier today Google announced that it will shut down its Google News service in Spain in response to a new law requiring the search giant to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or excerpts of news. As the new copyright law takes effect in January, Google will also remove Spanish publishers from its global news site starting on December 16.The law dubbed "Google Tax" passed in...

Tech Talk around the Web
BlackBerry Classic Unlocked - PC Magazine
US consumer bureau sues Sprint for phone bill 'cramming' - Reuters
5 New Instagram Filters Released With Predictably Silly Names - Huffington Post
Google Releases Most Searched Beers, Drinks, Food For 2014 - ValueWalk
Sony clip-on device transforms regular glasses into wearable tech - Mashable
OnePlus celebrates one year in business with a super-cheap power bank - Engadget

Asus RT-AC87U Wireless Router
Wireless AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC87U RT-AC87U delivers wireless speeds of up to 1734Mbit/s at 5GHz — even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers — plus class-leading concurrent 600Mbit/s speeds at 2.4GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334Mbit/s.

With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this router gives you true 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that delivers top performance for...

ZyXEL AMG1312-T10B DSL Wireless Router
Wireless N ADSL2+ 4-port Gateway with USB

ZyXEL AMG1312-T10B The ZyXEL AMG1312-T10B Wireless N ADSL2+ 4-port Gateway with USB features 802.11n technology to achieve data rates of up to 300 Mbps to provide stable, reliable wireless connections for high-speed data and multimedia delivery.

The AMG1312-T10B is capable of eliminating dead zones and extends coverage, and it's also backward compatible with any IEEE 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi certified device. The...

D-Link DIR-866L Wireless Router
AC1750 Wi-Fi Router

D-Link DIR-866L Use the 2.4 GHz band for everyday tasks, while leaving the high-speed 5 GHz AC band free for HD video streaming, online gaming and large file transfers.

With fewer devices using the high-speed 5 GHz band, there's less interference and congestion, giving you better performance and a lag-free wireless experience.

Monitor your network no matter where you are. See who is connected to your...

Linksys RE6500 Wireless Range Extender
Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Linksys RE6500 Thanks to high-speed wireless-AC technology, the RE6500 creates Wi-Fi speeds that are up to three times faster than wireless-N. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever.

The RE6500 features simultaneous dual bands, which means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. It extends...

TP-Link Archer D5 DSL Wireless Router
AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Router

TP-Link Archer D5 TP-LINK's Archer D5 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Router is a combined wired/wireless network connection device with integrated wireless router and ADSL modem, reducing hassle of configuration and saving space.

With 867Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer D5 offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures...

Linksys LAPAC1750 Wireless Access Point
AC1750 Dual Band Access Point

Linksys LAPAC1750 The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point supports the latest 802.11ac
technology, a three time performance increase from 802.11n. Enhancements such as wider
80 MHz channels provide greater data bandwidth while operating in the less-crowded 5
GHz band space.

The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point can be deployed as a typical
access point, or set up as a...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (148 comments)

Windows 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 (92 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...

Windows 8, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip

The Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences and new problems in tuning TCP/IP. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is still some room for improvement and I 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 administrator account. With earlier Windows versions, we used the...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (197 comments)

I'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 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...

SSD Speed Tweaks
by Philip (7 comments)

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have a great potential to speed up your system, and they're becoming mainstream with prices dropping and the technology maturing. SSDs are faster, have no moving parts, use less power, are quieter, less succeptible to physical shock, with lower access time and latency than traditional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs). However, SSDs use memory chips to store data, which makes them quite different than traditional mechanical drives and most current OSes are still not...


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)

Introduction 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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