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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:
Apple patches iPhone spyware flaws
2016-08-26 03:21 EST by Daniela

Security company Lookout has recently discovered a trio of vulnerabilities in iPhone, called "Trident." It turns out that NSO Group, an Israel-based company that sells hacking services to governments, was taking advantage of those flaws that allowed them to read texts and emails, track calls, record audio, collect passwords and even track a user's location. Such an attack, which is essentially a... »

France and Germany want Europe to crack down on encryption
2016-08-25 03:24 EST by Daniela

After a series of deadly attacks in France and Germany this summer, the two countries' interior ministers stressed the need for a unified European system for sharing police information. They teamed up on Tuesday to propose an EU law that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations and to fight terrorism. The proposal will be... »

Netgear joins Wi-Fi mesh wave with Orbi system
2016-08-23 15:50 EST by Daniela

Netgear has announced the new Orbi WiFi System, which ensures high-speed WiFi throughout hard-to-reach areas of the home and no more dead zones.The system includes two devices, a router and a satellite, that are pre-paired together for an easy out-of-the-box set-up. The Orbi router should be connected to internet modem or service provider gateway, while the satellite should be placed in a... »

EFF says T-Mobile One violates net neutrality
2016-08-23 02:58 EST by Daniela

Last week, T-Mobile announced its new unlimited data plan, called "One". However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) considers that this plan violates net neutrality rules.One gives customers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data starting at $70 a month, with the ability to add up to an additional seven lines. One of the plan's limitations is that tethering is stuck at 2G speeds and if... »

Google to kill Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux
2016-08-22 03:17 EST by Daniela

Google has announced plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS. Chrome apps include Google Drive, Google Store, Calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheets, and more. Since 2013 they were available also for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Over the next year, Google says new Chrome apps will only be functional on Chrome OS devices, and in late 2017, the... »

Asus RT-AC1200 Wireless Router
Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Router

ASUS RT-AC1200 lets you connect to any Wi-Fi device, with up to 300Mbps speeds for 2.4 GHz devices and up to 867Mbps for 5 GHz devices.

Four high-gain external antennas give wider coverage and better performance when lots of devices are connected, making it ideal even for large homes.

With USB 2.0 ports, you can connect external storage drives and stream media content to your networked... »

TP-Link RE450 Wireless Range Extender
AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender connects to your router wirelessly, strengthening and expanding its signal into areas it can't reach on its own. The device also reduces signal interference to ensure reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home or office.

TP-LINK's RE450 comes with next generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, it's 3 times faster than the standard 802.11n speeds. The... »

TRENDnet TEW-740APBO Wireless Access Point
10dBi Wireless N300 Outdoor PoE Access Point

TRENDnet's 10 dBi Outdoor PoE Access Point, model TEW-740APBO, provides Wireless N300 building-to-building connectivity.

A variety of installation scenarios are facilitated with Access Point (AP), Wireless Distribution System (WDS), Repeater, and CPE + AP modes. The AP allows you to create up to eight additional SSIDs.

It comes with a proprietary PoE injector, so that it can connect a... »

Netgear R7800 Wireless Router
AC2600 Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router

Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds.

Four high-performance external antennas deliver maximum range. Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application and device. 1.7GHz dual-core processor boosts performance for gaming and streaming.

Using Multi-User MIMO technology,... »

D-Link DIR-879 Wireless Router
AC1900 EXO Wi-Fi Router

With Smart Connect Technology, the DIR-879 chooses from the two Wi-Fi bands and automatically connects each device on your network to the clearest band available for the best connection every time.

Smart Beam Forming tracks your connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range.

With its built-in high power amplifier (of up to 1000mw) and antenna diversity you can enjoy wider wireless... »

Asus 4G-AC55U Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
Wireless-AC1200 LTE Router

Simply pop in a 4G LTE SIM card, and the built-in modem connects wirelessly to the internet via super-fast mobile broadband. You can enjoy up to 150 Mbps downloads and 50 Mbps uploads.

In addition to its 4G LTE capability, 4G-AC55U has a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet WAN port that can be used as a backup wired internet connection that is activated when the 4G LTE connection fails (failover), and... »

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 (218 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 (20 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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