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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:
15 Million T-Mobile customers exposed in Experian hack
2015-10-02 05:18 EST by Daniela

Experian Plc, the world's biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, has admitted a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal information of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc. T-Mobile uses Experian's services to check the credit of its customers.Anyone who applied for T-Mobile wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 might be affected.... »

Linux-powered botnet launches a 150Gbps DDoS attack
2015-10-01 15:51 EST by Daniela

A new Trojan malware, called XOR DDoS has been spotted in the wild. It was first discovered in September 2014, but now researchers at Akamai Technologies are warning that this Trojan can create a Linux botnet, capable of strikingdistributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks at more than 150 Gbps, which is many times over what the typical infrastructure of companies would be able to... »

Google unveils new Nexus phones, Chromecasts and a tablet
2015-09-30 07:07 EST by Daniela

At a special event in San Francisco Google has announced a variety of devices, among which two Nexus phones, two new streaming devices and a tablet. The next generation smartphones - the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X - are the first smartphones that feature Android's "Marshmallow" OS. Both of the devices come with new fingerprint sensor, located on the back side of the phone underneath the camera.... »

Zuckerberg and Gates make proposal for universal Internet access
2015-09-29 01:42 EST by Daniela

At the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly session held in New York, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and a host of celebrities have launched a campaign for universal Internet access which would fight poverty. It is called "Connect the World".In a declaration, the activists insist that the UN and governments should take actions to ensure Internet access for everyone globally by 2020. Yet,... »

Sprint will not participate in FCC's 2016 wireless airwaves auction
2015-09-28 02:18 EST by Daniela

Sprint has announced that it won't participate in the FCC's upcoming 600MHz auction, considering its existing airwaves are "sufficient" for its future needs. The company now plans to improve service on the frequencies that it already owns by adding tons of extra cell sites and aggregating bandwidth."Sprint's focus and overarching imperative must be on improving its network and market position in... »

D-Link DSL-2900AL DSL Wireless Router
VIPER - Dual Band AC1900 ADSL2+ Router

Using the latest Wi-Fi AC technology, which can provide transfer rates of up to 1.9 Gbps
1 (600N + 1300AC), the VIPER Dual Band AC1900 Router operates on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands at the same time using concurrent dual-band technology and six internal antennas.

This allows you to browse the web, chat, and email using the 2.4 GHz band, while simultaneously streaming digital... »

DIGISOL DG-WM2005SI Wireless Access Point
300Mbps Ceiling Mount Wireless Access Point

DG-WM2005SI enables communication between wireless and wired notebooks/desktop computers in the network. It complies with IEEE 802.11n standard and is backward compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g standard.

The DG-WM2005SI wireless Access Point can provide wireless data transmission rate up to 300Mbps which enhances the sharing of files, photo, audio, video and gaming experience over wireless... »

DIGISOL DG-HR1020S Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
150Mbps Wireless 3.75G Broadband Router

DG-HR1020S is 150Mbps Wireless 3.75G Modem Broadband Router. Its compact design makes it easy to carry and connect to Internet instantly. It has built-in Wi-Fi which can allow up to 8 wireless clients to connect wirelessly and share the 3G Internet. Supports up to 21.6Mbps 3G speed.

The Micro SD card slot on the router can be used for storage using SD card up to 32GB.

The built-in 3G... »

Linksys EA6100 Wireless Router
Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless AC

Featuring USB 2.0 and four Fast Ethernet ports along with the latest Wireless-AC technology, the AC1200 provides fast, reliable speeds for bandwidth-hungry devices.

By leveraging dual bands with up to N300 Mbps + AC867 Mbps, data traffic can flow quickly and with minimal buffering - meaning gaming, media streaming and general Internet activities can happen simultaneously, keeping all users... »

Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
21.6Mbps 3G Mobile WiFi Hotspot

The world's most compact 21 Mbps 3G router is small enough to fit comfortably into your palm.

With the Huawei Mobile WiFi application, managing multiple devices across the same network will no longer be stressful. You can remotely switch on or off your mobile WiFi, check up on battery levels, examine signal strength, read messages,and view all connected devices in one place.

The E5330... »

TP-Link Archer D2 DSL Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Router

TP-LINK's Archer D2 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac, backward compatible with 802.11n and 3 times faster than wireless N speeds.

With 433Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer D2 offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance. Simple tasks such as sending e-mails or... »

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 (206 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 (12 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 (14 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... »

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