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We cover Broadband Internet connections, network security, wireless 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:
Google Maps introduces real-time location sharing
2017-03-22 16:26 EST by Daniela

Google has announced a new location sharing feature that allows friends to share their location and ETA inside of Maps.This feature will be available soon across Google Maps on iOS, Android and the web. It has many practical uses. From a business perspective, workers can share their locations with a boss, co-worker, or client to set better expectations of meetings. From a safety perspective,... »

Apple launches red iPhone 7
2017-03-21 16:30 EST by Daniela

Apple announced today a new cheaper version of its 9.7-inch iPad, and a special limited edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new 9.7-inch iPad has a "brighter" Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels. It is enclosed in a thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing just one pound. The tablet features the Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture for fast... »

Qualcomm's new mobile platform brings 4G to feature phones
2017-03-20 11:23 EST by Daniela

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced today a new line of chips for entry-level phones. The SoC (system-on-a-chip) line is called the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, and will bring 4G LTE capability and other smart functionalities to feature phones.The SoC uses a dual-core 1.1GHz CPU plus a Qualcomm Adreno GPU, but, being a feature phone processor, it caps display support at 480p and camera support... »

Sony patent hints at wireless phone-to-phone charging
2017-03-17 16:29 EST by Daniela

Tech giant Sony has filed a patent which could allow devices to be charged by other devices. The patent is titled "Configuration of Data and Power Transfer in Near Field Communications." It describes a way to wirelessly transfer power between devices using near-field communication (NFC) technology. It doesn't specify that these devices would necessarily be phones, instead using the term... »

European Union Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger
2017-03-16 18:29 EST by Daniela

AT&T Inc.'s proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner Inc. was approved by the European Union competition commission on March 15. The commission made a competition review of the deal and concluded that the merger poses no concerns in its jurisdiction because Time Warner and AT&T don't compete with each other at all in European markets. According to the EU, AT&T provides only business... »

Sagemcom F@st 2864 DSL Wireless Router
VDSL Wireless Router

Sagemcom F@st 2864 provides one WAN port for FTTH, an RJ-11 jack for VDSL connection, four GigE LAN ports, an HPNA connector, 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN for connectivity and 2 USB ports.

It supports wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps. WMM (QoS) prioritizes the traffic over the network. A WPS button allows for easy connection to other WPS enabled devices.

The device is used by Bell Canada and... »

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... »

Asus RP-AC66 Wireless Range Extender
Wireless-AC1750 Dual-Band Repeater

ASUS RP-AC66 is a dual-band AC1750 wireless repeater that's compatible with your existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz router and devices.

It includes easy one-click WPS setup with a built-in LED signal indicator to find the best location in your home or office, plus Roaming Assist to ensure that you’re always locked on to the strongest signal.

The RP-AC66 wireless repeater has two external MIMO... »

Sagemcom F@st 5250 DSL Wireless Router
ADSL/VDSL FTTH Wireless Router

Sagemcom F@st 5250 serves as a Wi-Fi router and modem in one for Fiber optic Internet and TV service.

It provides one WAN port for FTTH, two RJ-11 jacks for ADSL/VDSL connection (pair bonding capable), two RJ-11 jacks for VoIP, four GigE LAN ports and 2 USB ports.

F@st 5250 operates on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum, supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards.

The device is used by Bell... »

TP-Link Archer VR400 DSL Wireless Router
AC1200 Wireless VDSL/ADSL Router

The Archer VR400 unlocks the full potential of your internet connection by providing combined dual band Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, including 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band, eliminating lag and buffering from your online experience.

The latest VDSL2 technology allows the Archer VR400 to deliver VDSL broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is almost five times... »

TP-Link Archer C1900 Wireless Router
AC1900 High Power Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The Archer C1900 AC1900 High Power Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router integrates 4-port
Switch, Firewall, NAT-router and Wireless AP.

Powered by 3x3 MIMO technology, the AC1900 delivers wireless transmission speeds of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps on 5GHz).

1GHz Dual-core processor ensures no interruption while processing multiple wired or wireless tasks... »

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 (223 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 (28 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 (25 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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