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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:
Eleven-year-old root flaw found and patched in the Linux kernel
2017-02-23 16:26 EST by Daniela

The Linux team has patched a security flaw in the Linux kernel that can be exploited to gain root-level code execution rights from a low-privileged process.The bug is in the Linux kernel's implementation of Datagram Congestion Control Protocol, or DCCP, and could let a local user gain root privileges and, in conjunction with other flaws, allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the kernel.... »

UPS tests drone deliveries
2017-02-22 12:07 EST by Daniela

United Parcel Service (UPS) has successfully tested package delivery with drone. On Monday, the company used a drone to drop off a package at a home in a Tampa, Fla. suburb. This is not the first time UPS tests such deliveries but this time it used a custom electric van outfitted with a recharging station for the battery-powered drone.The drone was launched from the roof of the truck and... »

Verizon will pay $350 million less for Yahoo
2017-02-21 14:56 EST by Daniela

Verizon Communications Inc. will buy Yahoo! with a $350 million discount after revelations of security breaches at the web company.The two companies have also agreed to share legal and regulatory liabilities after the two massive data breaches at Yahoo, one estimated to cover around 500 million accounts revealed in September 2016, and another disclosed in December 2016 affecting over 1 billion... »

Google and Microsoft agree to crack down on internet piracy
2017-02-20 15:56 EST by Daniela

Google and Microsoft have agreed to crack down on sites in the UK hosting pirated content that show up on their search engines.The tech giants have inked a voluntary code of practice with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Motion Picture Association. The agreement follows years of campaigning by record labels and film studios, which have accused Google and Microsoft of doing nothing to... »

AT&T joins others in offering unlimited data plan
2017-02-17 17:10 EST by Daniela

Following in the footsteps of its competitors Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, AT&T also starts offering new unlimitted data plans today. "We're offering unlimited entertainment on the nation's best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group in a statement. The new plans will be available for... »

ZyXEL ARMOR Z2 Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

With up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds, stream high definition movies without stutters, transfer files quicker to your mobile devices, play online games with the low latency.

The ARMOR Z2 is powered with a high end processor, giving you more routing performance for all your network hungry devices needs.

Four adjustable Antennas allow you to fine tune your wireless signals to your... »

Netgear R9000 Wireless Router
Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router

Nighthawk X10 with 802.11ac and 802.11ad WiFi technology delivers smooth 4K streaming, VR gaming and instant downloads.

The Nighthawk X10 supports Plex Media Server with transcoding for smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices.

With the 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor and Quad-Stream architecture, you can enjoy combined wireless speeds of up to 7.2Gbps (4600+1733+800 Mbps).

MU-MIMO... »

Arris SBG6900-AC Cable Gateway
SURFboard AC1900 Wi-Fi Cable Router

The SURFboard SBG6900-AC Wireless Cable Modem & Router is an all-in-one wireless DOCSIS 3.0 cable router. It provides high-speed Internet access for your computer and other wireless network devices on your home or small business network.

The SBG6900-AC also includes a Wi-Fi Pairing option for quick and easy wireless connections for your WPS-enabled (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) wireless... »

Linksys WRT32X Wireless Router
AC3200 Dual-Band Gaming Router

Equipped with enterprise-grade hardware, the router minimizes ping times and ensures smooth, lag-free gaming thanks to its CPU, fast wired and Wi-Fi speeds plus, gaming-optimized firmware.

The WRT32X features Rivet Networking's Killer Mode which automatically synchronizes your Killer-enabled PC with the Killer Prioritization Engine, ensuring fast smooth gameplay so you're always a few steps... »

Arris VAP4400 Wireless Access Point
802.11ac Dual Band Concurrent Video Access Point

By using beamforming, this device provides traditional "wired" levels of service and quality.

The VAP4400 is designed for flexibility and can be deployed in a number of ways. A VAP4400 is typically connected to an existing residential gateway or home router. The VAP4400 will automatically configure itself to act as a wireless extender for the home. Devices, such as tablets and wireless... »

Ubee DVW32CB VoIP Gateway
AC1750 Wireless cable VoIP Gateway

The DVW32CB Advanced Wireless Voice Gateway blends high-speed LAN capabilities with the convenience of wireless networking, and analog telephony in one device.

The DVW32CB delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications. 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels provide speeds of up to 686 Mbps downstream and 122 Mbps upstream.

The DVW32CB offers two... »

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 (27 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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