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SpeedGuide.net - Broadband Speed tweaks
"Some of the best Broadband tweaks and Speed patches on the Net"
The site focuses on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience. A large section of SG is dedicated to 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:
FCC warns ISPs 'We're watching you'
2014.07.24 09:16 EST by Daniela

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory on Wednesday reminding Internet service providers (ISPs) that they must disclose accurate data regarding the connectivity speed for both home and mobile broadband users.Broadband providers are required to provide accurate and publicly accessible information about the services they provide in accordance with the "Open Internet...

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Asus Launches RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router
2014.07.24 05:44 EST by Daniela

Following its preview at CES 2014, ASUS is excited to launch the ASUS RT-AC87, the world's first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest 5 GHz with speeds up to 1.73Gbps. This is the first router on the market that's capable of hitting the top 802.11ac Wi-Fi speed of 1.73Gbps on the 5GHz frequency band while supporting top 802.11n speeds on the 2.4GHz band. Powered by Quantenna's QSR1000...

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Microsoft to merge all versions of Windows
2014.07.23 08:40 EST by Daniela

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed all the major versions of Windows will be unified into one operating system that will cover all screen sizes. Nadella made the revelation at the company's quarterly earnings call. Last year, Steve Ballmer had already set the wheels in motion for such an integration when he merged the Windows division with corporate VP Terry Myerson's Windows Phone...

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EFF wants hackers to help build an open, secure router
2014.07.22 15:27 EST by Daniela

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is working on an open wireless router firmware that's designed to be a secure and flexible alternative to the existing software that runs on home and small business routers, much of which is notoriously insecure. The first experimental version of the firmware, called the Open Wireless Router was released Sunday and is mainly aimed at developers and hackers...

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Netflix Growing, Envisions Expansion Abroad
2014.07.22 09:31 EST by Daniela

Netflix, the popular streaming and mail-order DVD service, continued its expansion in the second quarter. The company said its brought in $1.34 billion in revenue, and earnings more than doubled, to $71 million or $1.15 per share, from $29 million or 49 cents, a year ago. It also added more subscribers, as Netflix rides a wave of popularity with original series such as Orange is the New Black and...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
Report Apple to Launch 12" Retina MacBook Air, 4K Desktop Product Later this ... - DailyTech
IBM & California Partner On Private Cloud - InformationWeek
Tablet Growth is Losing Steam to Large Screen Smartphones - Maximum PC
HP Invests 50M In Hortonworks Hadoop Bet - InformationWeek
GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund - Reuters
Amazon's smartphone fails to kindle a 'Fire' among reviewers - Livemint

TP-Link Archer C20i Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Router

TP-Link Archer C20i TP-LINK's Archer C20i comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11ac, backward compatible with 802.11n and 3 times faster than wireless N speeds. With 433Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer C20i offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance.

With 3 antennas combined with higher...

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Netgear JR6150 Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Router

Netgear JR6150 The dual band AC750 WiFi Router was designed for the next generation of multi-device, media-hungry homes.

Equipped with simultaneous dual bands to minimize interference and external antennas to maximize coverage, the AC750 also unleashes the kind of speed—Gigabit wired and AC750 wireless— that today's HD videos, online games, and multiple connected devices need to look, play, and perform...

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DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DSL Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless ADSL2/2+ Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DG-BG4100N is a high-performance ADSL2/2+ broadband router providing downstream speed of up to 24Mbps and upstream speed up to 1Mbps. It provides one RJ11 telephone interface for ADSL connection, four RJ45 Ethernet interfaces for connecting to notebook/desktop computer or other network devices. It also supports IEEE802.11n wireless LAN providing speed up to 150Mbps.

DG-BG4100N supports robust...

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Netis WF2471 Wireless Router
N600 Wireless Dual Band Router

Netis WF2471 Equipped with 2 external 5dBi antennas serving 2.4GHz band and 2 external 5dBi antennas serving 5GHz band, Netis WF2471 ensures a wide range across a greater distance.

This device supports AP, WDS, AP+WDS, Client, Repeater modes, providing various wireless solutions.

Besides the wired connection for WAN, the WF2471 also supports Wireless Access to connect the WISP (Wireless Internet Service...

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Asus RT-N12_VP Wireless Router
3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender for Large Environment

Asus RT-N12_VP ASUS RT-N12_VP is a 300Mbps Wireless N Router with both wired and wireless network connections designed specifically for small business and home office networking.

Enhanced signal strength and wider coverage for larger homes and offices are driven by external 5dBi high gain antennas. The design is also suitable for multi-floor locations with devices located on different levels.

Multiple...

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Asus RT-N18U Wireless Router
2.4GHz 600Mbps High Power Router

Asus RT-N18U An 800MHz processor with high clock speed delivers fast and responsive USB and WAN to LAN performance; while TurboQAM technology raises the 2.4 GHz band speed from 450Mbps to 600Mbps for a 33% boost. The energy-efficient ARM-based CPU reduces power consumption to even help you save on the bills.

128MB flash and 256MB RAM ensure a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions and...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (145 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...

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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...

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How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (182 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...

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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...

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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...

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The TCP Window, Latency, and the Bandwidth Delay product
by Philip (9 comments)

This article is intended as a primer on some TCP/IP networking concepts and factors that determine an optimal TCP Receive Window.   The TCP Window  The TCP Window is the amount of outstanding data (unacknowledged by the recepient) that can remain in the network. After sending that amount of data, the sender stops and waits for acknowledgement back from the receiver that it has gotten some of it. As such, this value is probably the single most important...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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