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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:
Facebook and Microsoft team on transatlantic high-speed data cable
2016-05-27 03:12 EST by Daniela

Microsoft and Facebook plan to lay 6,600 kilometers (4,100 miles) of high-speed cable across the Atlantic, from Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain. This will be the highest capacity data link between the US and Europe.The project, called "Marea" (meaning "tide" in Spanish), is expected to begin in August 2016 and to finish in October 2017. The project will be managed by Spanish telecommunications... »

German researchers achieve world record in wireless transmission
2016-05-26 15:24 EST by Daniela

German researchers have set a new world record achieving wireless transmission speed of 6GB/s over a distance of 37km. This is 10 times faster than any data transmission method.For the experiment, the scientists used the Band E millimetre wave frequency of 71-76GHz which is regulated for terrestrial and satellite broadcasting. This is the only frequency range capable of reaching such a... »

Microsoft ends Nokia chapter
2016-05-25 17:39 EST by Daniela

It's official - Microsoft has lost the mobile battle. The giant is shuttering the last major pieces of its Nokia business. Last week, the remaining feature phone portion of the business was sold off to Foxconn Group subsidiary, FIH Mobile, for $350 million. 1,850 jobs will be cut as well."We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security,... »

Americans' data usage more than doubled in 2015
2016-05-24 03:12 EST by Daniela

According to recent report from the CTIA, Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This means 18 million MB in every minute. The figures also show that smartphones are the most popular wireless devices in the U.S. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone, which makes more than 228 million smartphones. This is an increase with... »

Google to launch its Project Ara phone in 2017
2016-05-23 03:09 EST by Daniela

Google's rumoured modular phone, known as Project Ara, is expected to be avaialable to consumers next year. Actually, developers will get a chance to play around with it this year - Google will start shipping the developer version of the device this fall.Those who want to participate in the development will have to go to ATAP's dedicated Ara website and fill out the form indicating what type of... »

Eminent EM4596 Wireless Access Point
AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Repeater and Access Point

The EM4596 increases the wireless network coverage for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. The Crossband technology ensures together with the four 3dBi antennas for the optimum data throughput and network speed: 300+900Mbps.

The EM4596 has a special WiFi signal indicator which helps you to find the best location for the repeater.

The EM4596 can also be used as a wireless bridge for a wired... »

D-Link DWR-118 Multi-WAN Router
Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Multi-WAN Router

The DWR-118 Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Multi-WAN Router allows you to share 4G LTE/3G mobile Internet simultaneously to your smartphone, tablet, notebook and desktop computer.

A Gigabit Ethernet WAN port allows you to attach a DSL/Cable modem as the primary or backup link, while auto-failover ensures an uninterrupted connection by automatically connecting to your 4G LTE/3G network whenever the... »

Netgear CM600 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem

With speeds up to 960 Mbps and 24X faster than DOCSIS 2.0 devices, this High-Speed Cable Modem gives you speed to spare whether you are streaming or gaming. 24 downstream & 8 upstream channels provide efficient and reliable Internet access.

A Gigabit Ethernet port provides faster wired speeds to connect your router or computer.

This modem is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0... »

Linksys EA6350 Wireless Router
AC1200+ Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

The AC1200+ features dual wireless bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with data speeds up to N300 Mbps + AC867 Mbps. Simultaneous Dual Band (2.4 + 5 GHz) delivers a stronger connection at a wider range than a single band.

Beamforming focuses the Wi-Fi signal directly to your smartphones, tablets, and laptops instead of sending out a general transmission. Plus, two external antennas help strengthen the... »

D-Link DWR-910 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
N300 4G LTE USB Router

The DWR-910 4G LTE USB Router gives you fast access to the Internet wherever you are and lets you share it on-the-go. Using 4G LTE technology, you can achieve download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

Two external MIMO antennas give you a more reliable connection with faster speeds.

The 4G LTE USB Router lets you share your fast mobile connection over Wi-Fi from... »

TP-Link Archer D50 DSL Wireless Router
AC1200 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Router

Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands provide speeds of up to 300Mbps and 867Mbps, respectively. The two dual band external antennas expand the router's range and enhance its performance.

The Archer D50 supports ADSL and Ethernet WAN inputs, providing you with the flexibility you need to get the most from your Internet connection. The ADSL port supports ADSL connections via any standard phone... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (152 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 (215 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 (16 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 (19 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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