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SpeedGuide.net - Broadband Tweaks, Tools, Info, News & more
"Some of the best Broadband tweaks and Speed patches on the Net"
The site focuses on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience. A large section of SG is dedicated to 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:
Facebook app gives free Internet to mobile users in Zambia
2014.07.31 09:10 EST by Daniela

Facebook introduced an app on Thursday that will give mobile phone subscribers in Zambia access to a set of free basic mobile data services—and Facebook.The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social...

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Netflix agrees to pay AT&T to ensure smooth video downloads
2014.07.30 09:05 EST by Daniela

Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering when subscribers watch shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black."We reached an interconnect agreement with AT&T in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience of...

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers on 4G LTE
2014.07.29 08:57 EST by Daniela

On Friday, Verizon Wireless stated that beginning October 1, it plans to throttle the speed of a specific group of 4G LTE customers with unlimited data plans. The move is part of the company's Network Optimization policy that launched three years ago, which limits the bandwidth of the company's top 5 percent 3G customers.While all major wireless carriers employ tools to manage the traffic on...

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iPhone 6 launch scheduled for mid-September
2014.07.28 09:30 EST by Daniela

Apple iPhone 6's September unveiling has been all but confirmed by sources close to the company with the biggest indication yet that the new smartphone is well on the way to stores.According to rumours, the second or third week of September Apple will showcase the new 4.7in iPhone 6 that is far along in development with internal testing and manufacturing preparation reportedly already carried...

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Google Baseline Study Seeks to Define a Healthy Human
2014.07.25 09:46 EST by Daniela

Google's research division, Google X, is sailing into uncharted waters with its latest project - the Baseline Study. The study will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people initially, which will then expand to thousands more with a single purpose - creating the most comprehensive database of information on what a healthy human being should be like.Project Baseline will...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
French Upstart Makes Offer for T-Mobile US - New York Times
Which countries made most 'right to be forgotten' requests? Google reveals all - CNET blog
Facebook to bring free mobile Internet access to Zambia - Christian Science Monitor
Hackers Can Now Compromise USB Devices And On-Board USB Controllers - Hot Hardware
Twitter reports a rise in government data requests - PCWorld
Tesla and Panasonic to Build Battery Factory in US - New York Times

Netis WF2411 Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless N Router

Netis WF2411 Netis WF2411 150Mbps Wireless N Router is a combined wired and wireless device for SOHO network applications.

It's compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices and provides wireless transfer speed up to 150Mbps, offering a better performance on web surfing, emailing, and file sharing.

It also supports multiple operating modes including AP, WDS, AP+WDS, Repeater, Client, to expand your wireless...

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Asus RT-AC3200 Wireless Router
3200Mbps Wireless Router

Asus RT-AC3200 Powered by a penta-core six-stream Broadcom chipset, the AC-RT3200 is capable of achieving a combined transfer rate of 3200Mbps. It features 6x External Antennas – all of them fully adjustable.

The combined 3200Mbps transfer rate is derived from a maximum throughput of 600Mbps over Wireless-N with Broadcom's TurboQAM enabled, and 2600Mbps over 5GHz Wireless-AC Band 1 and Band 4. That is also...

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DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DSL Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless ADSL2/2+ Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DG-BG4100N is a high-performance ADSL2/2+ broadband router providing downstream speed of up to 24Mbps and upstream speed up to 1Mbps. It provides one RJ11 telephone interface for ADSL connection, four RJ45 Ethernet interfaces for connecting to notebook/desktop computer or other network devices. It also supports IEEE802.11n wireless LAN providing speed up to 150Mbps.

DG-BG4100N supports robust...

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Netgear EX6100 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 WiFi Range Extender

Netgear EX6100 Netgear AC750 WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range & speed, delivering AC dual band WiFi up to 750Mbps (450Mbps N + 1300Mbps).

The device supports two operating modes. Extender mode to boost existing WiFi and Access Point mode to create new AC WiFi access.

It is outfitted with dual external antennas boosting range and improving WiFi speeds. With its compact wall-plug...

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Netgear C7000B Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway

Netgear C7000B The Netgear DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway (C7000B), has WiFi speeds up to 1900 (600+1300) Mbps with Beamforming+ and DOCSIS speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Built-in Netgear genie offers end-users complete access and management of their home network, resulting in fewer technical support calls. Netgear Enhanced Support Tools offer easy troubleshooting for cable operators...

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TP-Link TL-WA854RE Wireless Range Extender
300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender

TP-Link TL-WA854RE The TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender is dedicated to Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) wireless network solutions.

Using IEEE 802.11n wireless technology, this device can transmit wireless data at the rate of up to 300Mbps. With multiple protection measures, including Wi-Fi protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), the TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender delivers...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (145 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 (183 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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