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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:
Microsoft unveils Windows 10
2014-10-01 09:26 EST by Daniela

At a press-only event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced its new operating system - Windows 10. The company considers the new OS as such a big change that it's calling the software Windows 10, skipping the more logical product name, Windows 9, entirely. "Because we're not building an incremental product, the new name will be Windows 10," Microsoft's executive vice president of the Operating...

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Global broadband speeds over 4 Mbps, DDoS attacks down 15%
2014-09-30 09:23 EST by Daniela

Akamai Technologies has released its Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation, and traffic...

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Cisco sets $1 billion investment for global cloud computing network
2014-09-29 09:45 EST by Daniela

Cisco Systems will invest $1 billion over two years to further develop its cloud services by linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers around the world in a network with more than 30 partners. The network, dubbed Intercloud, will help businesses process and manage data generated from billions of devices and applications around the world. Cisco's OpenStack-based cloud approach...

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Security bug leaves Linux and OS X systems wide open
2014-09-26 09:21 EST by Daniela

A new security bug discovered in the widely used Bash command interpreter poses a critical security risk to Unix and Linux systems – and, thanks to their ubiquity, the internet at large.The security flaw known as Shellshock allows malicious code execution within the bash shell (commonly accessed through Command Prompt on PC or Mac's Terminal application) to take over an operating system and...

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Apple Pulls iOS Software Update
2014-09-25 09:18 EST by Daniela

Yesterday, Apple pulled off from its site an update to its latest iPhone, iPad and iPod software, hours after making it available. The new iOS 8.0.1 has disrupted iPhone 6's ability to make calls. Some users also complained it had caused problems for the handsets' Touch ID fingerprint facility.The update doesn't appear to be negatively affecting iPads, which aren't equipped with Touch ID, though...

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'Someone' Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using Jailbroken iPhones with Malware - The Mac Observer
NVIDIA Shield 32GB LTE Gaming Tablet Now Available for 399 - Maximum PC

D-Link DWR-755 Wireless Router
3G Wireless Router

D-Link DWR-755 DWR-755 is a 802.11n WiFi HSPA+ VPN router, user can connect to Internet anywhere without hard-wired effort. Besides mobile broadband access, DWR-755 also provides a physical WAN port for fixed-line broadband, and supporting variety of WAN connection types, such as PPPoE, static IP, dynamic IP (DHCP client), PPTP, and L2TP.

In order to protect local computers, DWR-755 supports robust SPI...

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Netgear R8000 Wireless Router
AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router

Netgear R8000 The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology delivers a massive combined wireless speed of up to 3.2Gbps (600 + 1300 + 1300 Mbps). X6 optimizes WiFi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest WiFi band possible and doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed.

High-powered amplifiers & 6 high performance retractable antennas...

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Netgear JWNR2010 Wireless Router
300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Router

Netgear JWNR2010 Designed to deliver the performance needed for applications such as HD streaming, online gaming, and fast downloading, the N300 Wireless Router offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps, external 5dBi antennas for improved WiFi coverage, and Live Parental Controls for safer web surfing on connected devices.

Secure WiFi connections offer the highest level of WPA/WPA2 security. And free parental controls...

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Ubee DVW326 VoIP Gateway
VoIP Wireless Cable Gateway

Ubee DVW326 The DVW326 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DVW326 provides 8 SSIDs that offer flexibility for the customer's network. MSOs can reserve SSIDs for hotspots, guest access, and other applications.

4 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces provide high speed LAN capability. IPv4 and IPv6 support...

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router
Dual Band Gigabit Wi‑Fi Router

Linksys WRT1900AC To provide strong, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, the WRT1900AC is the first router in the market to feature four external adjustable antennas that ensures your Wi-Fi signal is always at maximum strength. It provides wireless transmission rates of up to 1900Mbps (1300Mbps AC + 600Mbps N).

With a professional-grade, 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM CPU the WRT1900AC is capable of moving...

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Phicomm FIR300B Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N Router

Phicomm FIR300B FIR300B of PHICOMM is a 300Mbps wireless router specially designed for home users and provides a stable signal, high speed, wide coverage, conforming with the requirements of users to share high-speed Internet access.

Taking a variety of effective measures to reduce energy consumption and radiation the router reduces emissions to provide a green and healthy environment.

Two 5 dBi smart...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (146 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 (186 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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