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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:
GitHub hit by DDoS attack
2015-03-30 09:51 EST by Daniela

The world's largest code repository, GitHub, was hit by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that sent huge amounts of Web traffic to the site. The attacks, considered the largest in the site's history, started on Thursday morning (March 26) and caused the service to appear unavailable to many users since then. Reportedly, the attacks have originated in China and have been targeted... »

Facebook solar drone completed its first test flight
2015-03-27 10:32 EST by Daniela

On the second day of its F8 conference in Fort Mason, San Francisco, Facebook announced that earlier this month the company successfully tested a smaller version of the drone, with which it plans to bring web connectivity to the 4 billion people worldwide without Internet. Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its solar-powered internet drone this summer. The drone's name is Aquila, named... »

Cyanogen raises money for Google-Free Android
2015-03-26 10:41 EST by Daniela

The startup Cyanogen wants to "put a bullet through Google's head" by making its own version of Android OS. Now it has the cash to take this serious step. Cyanogen has succeeded to raise over $80 million for the cause. Among the sponsors are Twitter, Qualcomm, carrier Telefonica and media titan Rupert Murdoch. With the money, the company intends to hire talent and drive the development of its... »

Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report
2015-03-25 10:20 EST by Daniela

Akamai Technologies, Inc., has released its Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. The report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ and follows up key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation."Over the course of... »

US broadband providers sue FCC over new Net Neutrality rules
2015-03-24 10:19 EST by Daniela

Though the new FCC rules concerning broadband haven't yet come into effect, broadband providers have begun their assault on the net neutrality proposal by filing lawsuits against the agency.A U.S. trade group, which represents the interests of most national broadband companies - USTelecom (United States Telecom Association) - has already filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of... »

D-Link GO-RT-N300 Wireless Router
Wireless N300 Easy Router

The GO-RT-N300 creates a high-speed home network with wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps for fast file transfers, seamless web surfing, and smooth online gaming.

The built-in internal antenna increases your wireless network's coverage so you can avoid "dead spots" and get a reliable connection in more places throughout your home.

The GO-RT-N300 also has Repeater Mode, which allows you... »

Edimax EW-7438RPn Air Wireless Range Extender
N300 Smart Wi-Fi Extender with EdiRange App

The EW-7438RPn Air features an embedded 580MHz CPU which enhances Wi-Fi performance by up to 45% and is equipped with two internal high performance antennas.

Easy-to-view LED ring displays device status and illuminates any room with a pleasant ambience. Good night mode shuts down the device and its bright LEDs during the night and automatically reawakens in the morning. The ectender provides a... »

Ubee EVW3226 VoIP Gateway
EuroDOCSIS 3.0 VoIP Cable Router

The EVW3226 is an EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable modem router with embeded MTA, 4 port switch and wireless LAN access point. It supports 8 downstream and 4 upstream channels, as well as a dual band 802.11n 2x2 WLAN access point. It features dual processor architecture. This device is intended for the European... »

Buffalo WXR-1900DHP Wireless Router
AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Buffalo's AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router offers high speed dual band wireless connectivity, delivering the latest in Wi-Fi technology.

Priority Control QoS gives users a top entertainment experience by automatically prioritizing multimedia and gaming traffic, such as Netflix, YouTube and Xbox LIVE, for uninterrupted streaming and lag-free gaming.

Offering... »

D-Link DIR-862L Wireless Router
Wireless AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

The DIR-862L operates on both the 2.4 GHz band and 5 GHz wireless bands at the same time using concurrent dual-band technology. It brings you up to 1600Mbps (300Mbps N + 1300Mbps AC) wireless speed. Gigabit Ethernet ports provide high-speed wired connections for up to four PCs or other devices.

Connect a USB storage device to your DIR-862L to create a shared storage space, making it easy to... »

Rosewill RNX-AC750RT Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Router

The RNX-AC750RT is an 802.11AC router, compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n standards. It provides dual band performance of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 433Mbps (5Ghz).

The router supports advanced features, such as: VPN service support, DoS, SPI Firewall Parent Control and Remote Management.

WMM(QoS) prioritizes the traffic over the network. A WPS button allows for easier wireless security... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (149 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 (200 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, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (3 comments)

Windows 8 TweaksThe Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences and new problems in tuning TCP/IP. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is still some room for improvement and I 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 administrator account. With earlier Windows versions, we used the... »

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... »

SSD Speed Tweaks
by Philip (9 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 OSes are still not... »

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... »

D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router
by Dave Upton (Massa) (38 comments)

routerIntroduction 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,... »

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... »

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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