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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:
Google and Apple to introduce default encryption
2014-09-22 09:07 EST by Daniela

Google has recently announced that its next mobile operating system, Android L, will encrypt users' data by default. The statement came a few days after Apple said devices running iOS8 would be encrypted by default. This provision was available earlier for Apple devices but most users were not aware of it or did not enable it.Google, in turn, began adding encryption tools to devices in 2011 and...

Alibaba IPO today at $68 a share
2014-09-19 09:23 EST by Philip

Alibaba will trade under the symbol BABA today on the New Work Stock exchange, pricing its shares at $68, and will be raising $21.8 billion for the company and investors, becoming the biggest U.S. IPO in history."It's going to bounce up quite a bit," says Francis Gaskins of The company and underwriter is pricing below the level of demand to make sure the shares trade higher, he...

Assange Says Google is Like a "Privatised NSA"
2014-09-19 09:09 EST by Daniela

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused Google of behaving like a "privatised version of the NSA" in the way it collects and stores information about people. Showing a clear understanding of exactly how Google works, speaking to BBC and Sky News, Assange explained:"Google's business model is the spy. It makes more than 80 percent of its money by collecting information about people, pooling...

Android Browser Bug Puts Privacy at Risk
2014-09-18 09:18 EST by Daniela

A potentially serious security flaw has been discovered in the default Android Browser, and could allow a user to bypass the Same Origin Policy (SOP) security measures. The vulnerability affects devices that run Android versions older than 4.4 or roughly 40 to 50% of all Android users.The issue is a universal cross-site scripting flaw that stems from how the browser handles javascript: strings...

Scientists send data at the speed of 32 Gbps using twisted radio beams
2014-09-17 09:34 EST by Daniela (1 comments)

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have found a way to twist radio beams and transmit data at 32 gigabits per second. The study was led by Alan Willner of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. During the experiments in a basement lab at USC, Willner and his team were able to transmit data at transmission rates reaching 32 gigabits per second across 2.5 meters of free...

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TP-Link Archer C20i Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Router

TP-Link Archer C20i TP-LINK's Archer C20i 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 C20i offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance.

With 3 antennas combined with higher...

D-Link DWR-755 Wireless Router
3G Wireless Router

D-Link DWR-755 DWR-755 is a 802.11n WiFi HSPA+ VPN router, user can connect to Internet anywhere without hard-wired effort. Besides mobile broadband access, DWR-755 also provides a physical WAN port for fixed-line broadband, and supporting variety of WAN connection types, such as PPPoE, static IP, dynamic IP (DHCP client), PPTP, and L2TP.

In order to protect local computers, DWR-755 supports robust SPI...

Netgear LG2200D Wireless Router
US Cellular 4G LTE Router

Netgear LG2200D The LG2200D is an LTE-only wireless gateway which allows you to access and share 4G LTE mobile broadband connections via Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

This gateway is equipped with a built-in LTE modem, four fast Ethernet ports and an Ethernet WAN port to ensure "always-on" connectivity. Designed with low latency applications and mobile multi-media in mind, the LG2200D delivers uncompromising...

Asus RT-AC87U Wireless Router
Wireless AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC87U RT-AC87U delivers wireless speeds of up to 1734Mbit/s at 5GHz even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers plus class-leading concurrent 600Mbit/s speeds at 2.4GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334Mbit/s.

With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this router gives you true 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that delivers top performance for...

DIGISOL DG-LB1054 Multi-WAN Router
5 Port Load Sharing Router

DIGISOL DG-LB1054 DG-LB1054 is a 5 Port Load Sharing Enterprise Router which provides an efficient network security using its features like firewall, filtering illegal requests to the server in LAN, filtering hackers on a local area network IP address and port scanning to prevent malicious attacks from outside.

DG-LB1054 has 5 flexible ports which can be set as LAN or WAN, which allows the router to support...

Netgear R7500 Wireless Router
Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router

Netgear R7500 Introducing Quad-Stream X4 Architecture, the router delivers the single fastest WiFi connection available, up to 1.73Gbps, with a combined speed of 2.33Gbps. Simultaneous Dual Band reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices.

Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Based on an advanced application and device aware prioritization technology, Dynamic QoS...


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 (186 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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