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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:
Microsoft patent hints at foldable Surface Phone
2017-01-18 04:49 EST by Daniela

Recently discovered patent filings have revealed that Microsoft is experimenting with a foldable mobile device that morphs a phone into a tablet.Diagrams included in the filing show two- and three-screened smartphones that fold in equal parts, changing between phone, tablet, and what we'll call "protected" mode. The two-screened phone can also be positioned in tent mode like most Windows... »

MulteFire Alliance Completes Release 1.0 Specification
2017-01-17 09:42 EST by Daniela

The MulteFire Alliance, an independent, diverse and international member-driven consortium defining and promoting MulteFire, today announced the completion of its Release 1.0 specification, a key milestone in bringing MulteFire technology to market. Release 1.0, based on 3GPP Releases 13 and 14, defines LTE to operate in unlicensed and shared spectrum, while ensuring fair sharing of spectrum with... »

Apple plans to offer its own original content
2017-01-16 09:35 EST by Daniela

Apple reportedly plans to offer original video content just like Netflix and HBO. The company is now looking into buying scripted TV programs. The TV series will then be bundled with Apple Music's monthly subscription service. This new business venture would give the company a big point of difference against its music streaming rival Spotify.Apple has already some experience with original content... »

Google kills off its Project Titan broadband drones
2017-01-13 06:23 EST by Daniela

Google' parent company Alphabet has officially announced that it has killed the Titan drone project. Project Titan is now integrated with a group of robotics projects at Google's research and development factory, X. The company will focus on the Project Loon, which would use high-altitude balloon to deliver internet access to remote areas of the world.The X research lab spokesperson said in a... »

FCC takes aim at AT&T, Verizon over 'zero-rating' services
2017-01-12 16:06 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler claims that AT&T and Verizon are probably violating the commission's net neutrality rules by allowing third-parties to pay for subscribers' data usage. The services which violate the rules are AT&T's DirecTV and Verizon's FreeBee Data 360.The FCC is concerned AT&T and Verizon still have a cost advantage over rivals, since they provide the streaming service and own the... »

ZyXEL LTE3301 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
LTE Indoor Router

The LTE3301 — implements the latest mobile broadband technology — to deliver the best possible data rates of up to 150/50 Mbps (DL/UL). With bridge and router modes embedded, the LTE3301 is adaptive to all kinds of devices/gateways for seamless integration with your CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) on-hand in a simple yet complete way to meet your needs.

The LTE3301 supports single- (LTE)... »

Netgear WAC104 Wireless Access Point
Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless Access Point

The WAC104 is a dual band 802.11ac Wireless Access Point, purposely designed for Small Office and Home Office deployments.

It supports dual band concurrent operation at 2.4GHz and 5GHz with combined throughput of 1.2Gbps (300Mbps at 2.4GHz and 867Mbps at 5GHz).

The WAC104 supports wireless security features (WPA, WPA2) and MAC based Access Control List to protect against intruders.

This... »

Symantec Norton Core Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Security Router

Core discovers smart devices, identifies vulnerabilities and secures them all. If a device is ever breached, Core quarantines the threat.

With this router parents can monitor and manage screen time by person, control time limits by device, and set content filters. They can even pause the entire network.

Core has a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz and more memory and flash storage than... »

Tenda AC9 Wireless Router
AC1200 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

AC9 features Broadcom ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and 128MB DDR3 memory. It works in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. The 5GHz band works at up to 867Mbps, while the 2.4GHz frequency tops 300Mbps, which makes a combined bandwidth of 1167Mbps.

With one gigabit Internet port and four gigabit Ethernet ports, speeds can be up to 10× faster than Ethernet connections.

With 2 external dual-band antennas combined... »

Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless Router
Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router with 1.6 GHz CPU

With an advanced 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB of RAM, the WRT1900ACS delivers improvements in wired, wireless, and network storage performance over its predecessor, the WRT1900AC.

At speeds up to N600 + AC1300 Mbps, the WRT1900ACS meets the needs of the most demanding home Wi-Fi networks. Equipped with a four-antenna configuration, the router provides exceptional signal strength and range.... »

Arris SBX-AC1200P Wireless Range Extender
SURFboard Wi-Fi Hotspot with RipCurrent Technology

The SURFboard SBX-AC1200P Network Extender lets you transmit and receive data over power lines in your home. The SURFboard SBX-AC1200P Network Extender connects directly to any outlet in your home to extend and enhance your network connectivity.

RipCurrent technology utilizes your home's existing electrical lines, via technology to expand your network coverage. Thanks to RipCurrent, the... »

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 (26 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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