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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:
FTC sues AT&T over unlimited data throttling
2014-10-30 09:28 EST by Daniela

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) intends to sue AT&T Mobility. The Commission accuses the carrier of misleading practices for charging millions of its smartphone customers for "unlimited" data plans while reducing their data speeds, sometimes by nearly 90 percent.Allegedly, AT&T hasn't clearly informed its unlimited data plan customers that speeds would be throttled, or slowed, if...

FCC considers rules to redefine Internet TV
2014-10-29 09:42 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday formally proposed to his coleagues from the commission to consider new "technology-neutral" rules to update the agency's definition for a pay TV service or a "multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD)." The new rules should guarantee that Internet video providers have the same access to the ABCs, AMCs and HBOs channels as cable and satellite TV...

Verizon Wireless tracks users with unique identifier
2014-10-28 11:07 EST by Daniela

If you are among Verizon's 123 million subscribers, you might want to know that for the past two years the company has been tracking you by using Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. This is a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters  that is injected into your Web requests. The company uses the tokens to improve the process of targeted advertising. Advertising agencies can request...

Samsung cuts down LED lighting business
2014-10-27 10:54 EST by Daniela

Samsung will cut down its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business across the globe, and will only develop this part of its business in South Korea in the future. The reason for the decision is that the revenue contribution from the business is smaller than expected and price competition is higher than ever.Previously Samsung considered the areas of LED, rechargeable cells for hybrid electric...

Cisco patches three-year-old security bug
2014-10-24 09:57 EST by Daniela

Networking manufacturer Cisco has recently patched a 3-year-old security hole in Telnet that affects a number of its security appliances. The bug (CVE-2011-4862) was initially discovered in 2011 but security researcher Glafkos Charalambous has recently found it in the AsyncOS software in the following appliances: Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook proudly announces he is gay - The Westside Story
FCC's Wheeler said to mull hybrid approach to net neutrality - PCWorld
Android co-founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google for a start-up incubator - Firstpost
Zuckerberg looks to connect with regular folk in his first 'community Q&A' - Computerworld
Stratasys sees robust 3D-printing market as HP reveals plans - Reuters
Under the microscope with the big winners of Nikon's annual Small World ... - Washington Post

Linksys EA9200 Wireless Router
AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Linksys EA9200 Equipped with two 5Ghz and one 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi bands, the AC3200 delivers the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.2 Gbps. Smart Connect technology automatically prioritizes and balances devices over the two 5GHz bands, enabling up to twice the speeds of a dual-band router.

The AC3200 wireless router features three fixed internal antennas and three adjustable external antennas, which provide...

Netgear C3700 Cable Gateway
WiFi Cable Router

Netgear C3700 Netgear C3700 is a wireless cable gateway that provides next generation DOCSIS 3.0 technology -with 8x faster cable Internet download speeds, up to 340Mbps. It supports wireless speeds of up to 600Mbps. Simultanous Dual Band reduces WiFi interference and doubles bandwidth.

Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports are available for fast wired connections. Using the router, you can easily add USB hard drives...

Ubee DDW366 Cable Gateway
Dual-Band Concurrent Wireless Cable Gateway

Ubee DDW366 The DDW366 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DDW366 delivers the latest security authentication and encryption standards to prevent unauthorized access to the wireless network. These include WPA/WPA2, WPS, and SPI Firewall.

The DDW366 provides 8 SSIDs that offer considerable...

Arris Touchstone DG1670 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Data Gateway with MoCA

Arris Touchstone DG1670 The Touchstone DG1670 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. It combines a 4-port Gigabit Router and 802.11n wireless access point with two independent simultaneously operating 802.11n radios into a single device capable of support both home and small office applications.

The DG1670 also supports MoCA 1.1 for in-home video and data distribution over coax. This feature...

Asus DSL-N16U DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Router

Asus DSL-N16U The ASUS DSL-N16U ADSL can connect to the internet using either the Ethernet or DSL WAN (Wide Area Network) ports, allowing customers to use it as a either a modem router or a standalone router.

Equipped with hardware NAT acceleration and built-in Gigabit Ethernet, the DSL-N16U gives you full Gigabit internet performance, with a WAN-to-LAN throughput performance of over 900 Mbps.

Two USB...

Planet WDAP-C7400 Wireless Access Point
900Mbps Dual Band Ceiling Mount Wireless Access Point

Planet WDAP-C7400 The WDAP-C7400 with 3 built-in high sensitivity dual-band antennas and the simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz + 5GHz wireless access capability transmits power up to 500mW.

It comes with a flying saucer appearance and is compliant with the IEEE 802.3at PoE PD power scheme, thus making deployment easy and mounting to the ceiling and wall of villa and hotel lobbies, exhibition halls and other large...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (147 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...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (191 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...

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...


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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