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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:
Firefox to start blocking Flash content in August
2016-07-22 03:17 EST by Daniela

Mozilla Firefox will block some Flash content that it deems "not essential to the user experience," starting next month. This move is part of campaign by Mozilla to get rid of the plugin completely by 2017.In 2017, Firefox will make all Flash content click-to-play by default. This means that no Flash content will automatically start playing when you load a tab, including video and games. Users... »

Facebook develops laser-based high-speed Internet
2016-07-21 03:17 EST by Daniela

Researchers at Facebook's Connectivity Lab have found a new way of detecting optical communication signals travelling through the air, by using lasers. Called free-space optical communication or light-based wireless communication, this technology may be an effective way to bring the Internet to locations where optical fibres and cell towers are too expensive to deploy."A large fraction of people... »

Next phase of FCC 600MHz auction starts August 16
2016-07-19 17:17 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently announced that its ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction has completed its first part. The so called Incentive Auction was launched on Mar 29, 2016 and so far has received as many as 62 applications.All the 62 bidders have made their upfront payments. Among them are Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Dish Network and Comcast. The first... »

SoftBank to Buy ARM Holdings for $32 Billion
2016-07-19 03:01 EST by Daniela

SoftBank Group Corp. will acquire chipmaker ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion). ARM is known for its chip designs for mobile handsets. The Cambridge-based company designs microchips and then licenses out the designs to companies like Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm, which then modify them and place them into computing devices. ARM also develops processors that power hardware in... »

White House invests $400 million in 5G wireless research
2016-07-18 03:11 EST by Daniela

The president Obama on Friday announced that the government will spend $400 million in research program aimed at building 5G wireless networks across the country. The project, called Advanced Wireless Research Initiative will start in fiscal year 2017, which starts Oct. 1 and will continue in the next seven years.Led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the reasearch will involve... »

TP-Link AD7200 Wireless Router
Talon Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router

The AD7200 uses Multi-Band technology to run three distinct Wi-Fi bands at once, with the combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 7200Mbps, creating a network that can connect to more devices without a trade-off in performance.

Smart Connect ensures the stability and performance of all of your devices by dynamically identifying and assigning them to the fast available band.

Wireless AC and... »

Linksys RE7000 Wireless Range Extender
Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender

The RE7000 extends the range of your wireless router up to 10,000 square feet, eliminating dead zones.

Next-generation MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology ensures your network can deliver faster and more efficient throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. This means your whole household can surf the Internet, stream HD movies, play online games, and more... »

Arris VAP2400 Wireless Access Point
Wireless Video Access Point

VAP2400 is a wireless access bridge solution that delivers whole-home reach and coverage.

It provides subscribers with easy access to their video content regardless of walls, doors or other physical structures that may exist.

The VAP2400 is an open platform, designed to support multiple set-tops as well as Over-the-Top (OTT) services and other network enabled devices commonly found today... »

Netgear C7000 Cable Gateway
AC1900 Nighthawk Cable Router

Nighthawk features 1.6GHz combined processor, 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and USB port.

Simultaneous Dual Band reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices. The router provides combined speed of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps N + 1300Mbps AC).

With 24x8 channel bonding, you'll maintain your connection speed even during peak hours, and technologies like Beamforming+ improves... »

Tenda NH326 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wall-Penetrating Wireless Router

Tenda NH326 adopts 11N technology with wireless rate up to 300Mbps. It doubles wall penetrating ability. 3*5dbi high gain omni-directional antennas ensure stable WiFi with WiFi coverage up to 300m.

The router supports advanced wireless encryption mechanism like WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2.

IP-based broadband control allows you to distribute bandwidth to specific PCs.

WiFi is enabled... »

Linksys CM3024 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

24x8 channel-bonding technology allows you to get the most out of your existing cable broadband connection.

Certified for DOCSIS 3.0, the CM3024 enables high-bandwidth transfer rates over your existing cable lines with speeds of up to 960 Mbps from your cable broadband connection.

The CM3024 features the Intel Puma 6 chipset to achieve high-speed downstream and upstream... »

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 (216 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 (17 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 (21 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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