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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:
First devices to appear in 2015
2014-10-22 16:15 EST by Daniela

The development of the latest DSL standard is now a step ahead after the Broadband World Forum announced yesterday that it has selected the University of New Hampshire InterOperablity Laboratory (UNH-IOL) to test and certify products designed for deployment. The lab has more than 25 years' experience and major testing is expected to support up to 1Gbps speeds for...

32 cities fight for control of their broadband
2014-10-21 10:20 EST by Daniela

A recently formed consortium of 32 cities, called Next Century Cities, has been created with the mission to ensure the availability of 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband anywhere in the United States. The main goal of the organisation is to assist communities in developing and deploying next-generation broadband Internet, while sharing information between each other about what works and what does...

Senator Asks Comcast To Reject Fast Lanes
2014-10-20 16:25 EST by Daniela

In a letter to Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked for greater assurances that the company will preserve net neutrality after 2018 and won't create Internet 'fast lanes'. So far, Comcast has been following network neutrality rules as a condition for its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal. Then the company agreed to support net neutrality until September 2018."I ask...

New Apple SIM lets you choose any "partner" carrier
2014-10-17 10:03 EST by Daniela

Apple has announced that it will provide the cellular versions of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with a new "Apple SIM" card instead of one from a specific mobile operator. At first this option will be limited to some carriers in the US and in the UK.According to Apple, the new SIM will let users choose from a variety of short-term plans from participating carriers in the U.S. and UK right on...

Linksys Launches New Wireless AC routers
2014-10-16 16:47 EST by Daniela

Linksys today announced two new routers that will help provide faster wireless networking speeds for families with multiple internet users as well as single users that use the internet for high bandwidth applications such as gaming or video streaming.  The two new wireless AC routers, the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) router and the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi...

Tech Talk around the Web
Microsoft officially ditches Nokia brand for upcoming devices - Sydney Morning Herald
Google Inbox Hands On An App With an Identity Crisis - Mashable
New iPad versions available now at select retailers - Beta Wired
Zuckerberg Wows Beijing Audience With Fluent Mandarin - PC Magazine
Here come the pay phones - Boston Globe
China's Xiaomi May Make Cellphones in India - Wall Street Journal

Tenda D1201 DSL Wireless Router
AC1200 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Router

Tenda D1201 The D1201 provides wireless speed of up to 1200Mbps. Except for the ADSL2+ WAN port, this router features one interchangeable LAN/WAN port.

Advanced QoS helps prioritize media streaming and gaming applications for better entertainment experience. One touch WPS button ensures a quick and secure network connection.

This device comes with a wide range of premium features and applications such...

Arris Touchstone TG1672 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Telephony Gateway with MoCA

Arris Touchstone TG1672 The Touchstone TG1672 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. It combines two analog voice lines, a 4-port Gigabit Router, and 802.11n wireless access point with two independent simultaneously operating 802.11n radios into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

Using an advanced dual core processor, the TG1672 can achieve high...

Tenda DH301 DSL Wireless Router
Wireless N300 ADSL2+ High Power Router

Tenda DH301 The device complies with IEEE802.11n and is backward compatible with IEEE802.11g/b. It combines the function of high speed ADSL2+ modem, wireless router ,USB storage and printing sharing and 4-port switch. Connect it to the Internet service and provide up to 300Mbps wireless network for sharing high volume files, streaming music, videos, even online gaming among multiple computers.


DIGISOL DG-BR4400AC Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BR4400AC The DG-BR4400AC wireless broadband router can provide aggregate wireless bandwidth up to 733Mbps (433Mbps AC + 300Mbps N) which enhances the sharing of files,photo, audio, video and gaming experience over wireless network.

The router supports multiple wireless modes like: AP, Station-Infrastructure, Wireless Bridge and Universal Repeater.

DG-BR4400AC provides robust wireless security to...

TRENDnet TEW-815DAP Wireless Access Point
AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point

TRENDnet TEW-815DAP TRENDnet's high performance AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point, model TEW-815DAP, supports Access Point (AP), Client, Repeater, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) Bridge, and WDS + AP modes.

The TEW-815DAP generates concurrent 1.3 Gbps Wireless AC and 450 Mbps Wireless N networks. Embedded GREENnet technology reduces power consumption by up to 50%.

Securely connect to the access point...

TP-Link RE200 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 WiFi Range Extender

TP-Link RE200 RE200 expands your existing WiFi coverage with next generation 11AC WiFi technology.
Create faster access for 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac WiFi devices. RE200 delivers fast speeds of dual band WiFi up to 750Mbps and provides reliable connections for laptops, smartphones, tablets and other wireless-enabled devices.

Press the WPS button on your router and the Range Extender button on your RE200...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (146 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...

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...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (191 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...

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...

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...

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...


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)

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,...

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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