The Broadband Guide
search advanced
 forgot password? - Speed Up your Broadband
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 explains iPhone killing "Error 53"
2016-02-08 03:03 EST by Daniela

Many iPhone 6 users have recently complained of strange error message that literally "kills" their phones. "Error 53" has been occurring on iPhones since the emergence of iOS 9 updates. The problem is related to the smartphone's home button, which contains a Touch ID thumbprint reader that can be used to unlock the device instead of using a four-digit security code. If a device has been repaired... »

eBay bug lets hackers install malicious code into pages
2016-02-05 03:12 EST by Daniela

Security researchers from Check Point have discovered a vulnerability in eBay's website, which could allow hackers to remotely install malicious code in the page and distribute phishing and malware campaigns on eBay users.Despite a filter that is used in eBay's website to stop sellers from doing anything other than adding basic HTML on a page to highlight text, using the so-called JSF**K... »

Google Rolls Out Free Internet Gigabit Service to Public Housing
2016-02-04 03:09 EST by Daniela

Google has officially announced that it will provide free gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities in which Google Fiber is available. Initially, the service will be launched in Kansas City, Missouri. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Housing's ConnectHome initiative that seeks to expand Internet access in low-income areas. "We've wired all 100 homes with Fiber, and... »

Comcast begins rolling out gigabit cable connections
2016-02-03 01:23 EST by Daniela

Comcast has recently announced that it will launch DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service in five cities across the country in 2016.Initially, it will be available in Atlanta and Nashville, and later in Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Exact deployment dates haven't been revealed. The company has already tested its gigabit internet service in Philadelphia in December 2015."We're constantly... »

Cuba announces broadband home internet project
2016-02-02 03:03 EST by Daniela

Cuba plans to launch a pilot program that will bring broadband internet access to homes in two Havana neighborhoods.The Cuban state telecommunications company (ETECSA) announced that citizens will be able to order service through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei. Cafes, bars, and restaurants will also be able to use the service.However, ETECSA has just... »

Comtrend ER-5840N Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless-N Router

The Comtrend ER-5840n Wireless-N Broadband Router can be used for home or office, allowing both wired and wireless connectivity simultaneously.

Extend your network with 150Mbps wireless throughput, adding wifi devices to your network. It is based on the latest IEEE802.11n standard and is backward compatible with IEEE802.11b/g devices.

The ER-5845n includes routing, switching and firewall... »

ZTE MF90C1 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G TD-LTE/FDD Mobile WiFi Hotspot

ZTE MF90C1 is a pocket-sized 4G MiFi device that supports both LTE TDD and FDD networks, and it is also backaward compatible with 3G & 2G networks.

It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and supports up to 10 WLAN users access to internet at the same time.

A built-in 2300mAh battery allows for flexible usage of the device and independence of power... »

Netgear WNDR3600 Wireless Router
N600 Dual Band Wireless Router

The NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR3600) offers multi-player gaming and unlimited streaming.

This router delivers high-performance wireless speeds of up to 300+300 Mbps and is suitable for medium to large homes. Simultaneous dual band reduces interference that can cause dropped connections.

With four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the WNDR3600 delivers fast wired connections... »

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... »

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... »

ZTE MF61 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G Mobile Hotspot

Create your own personal hotspot on the go with the T-Mobile MF61 4G Mobile Hotspot—get high-speed Internet on up to five Wi-Fi devices, using a single mobile broadband connection.

Capacity 1500mAh

comes with a microSD memory card slot

GSM/GPRS: 1900 MHz;UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100)... »

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 (210 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 (13 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... »

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,... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (18 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... »

Current Poll
Do you pay for Cable TV ?
vote results
more polls
News Glossary of Terms FAQs Polls Cool Links SpeedGuide Teams SG Premium Services SG Gear Store
Registry Tweaks Broadband Tools Downloads/Patches Broadband Hardware SG Ports Database Security Default Passwords User Stories
Broadband Routers Wireless Firewalls / VPNs Software Hardware User Reviews
Broadband Security Editorials General User Articles Quick Reference
Broadband Forums General Discussions
Advertising Awards Link to us Server Statistics Helping SG About