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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:
Nokia brand returns to smartphone market
2016-12-02 03:23 EST by Daniela

Nokia will reportedly return on the stage of the smartphones in early 2017 with a range of new feature Android smartphones. This happens after some former managers of the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn.The new phones will be manufactured by Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile. A Finnish startup HMD will... »

Netflix adds offline viewing
2016-12-01 03:19 EST by Daniela

The streaming giant Netflix already allows its users to download films and TV shows in advance to watch them without an internet connection.The option is available on iOS and Android devices. It works with all Netflix plans. Users need to update their Netflix app to the latest version, which launched yesterday. Downloadable content can be found via the new "Available for Download" category... »

Mirai botnet attacks Deutsche Telekom routers
2016-11-30 03:28 EST by Daniela

900,000 customers of Deutsche Telekom suffered internet outages on Sunday and Monday, due to a widespread Internet of Things attack from the so-called Mirai botnet.The outages affected three models Speedport routers which the provider uses, but not the network itself, the company said. "The attack attempted to infect routers with a malware but failed which caused crashes or restrictions for four... »

AT&T to launch new DirecTV Now service Nov. 30
2016-11-29 03:12 EST by Daniela

AT&T has officially unveiled its DirecTV Now Internet TV streaming service. It will let viewers watch shows and movies over an Internet connection on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, without the need of a set-top box. Both on-demand and live programming will be offered. There will be limitation to two simultaneous streams, which might be a problem in households with several viewers.In general, the... »

iPhone update drains batteries unexpectedly
2016-11-28 16:27 EST by Daniela

Along with "stability improvements and bug fixes" Apple's latest iOS update, 10.1.1 seems to carry a new battery bug. The tech company's support page was flooded with complaints in the past week.Some users complain that after updating to iOS 10.1 (or iOS 10.1.1), certain iPhone models get their power drained extremely quickly, shut down unexpectedly at around 30% charge and would refuse to turn... »

TP-Link Archer VR600 DSL Wireless Router
AC1600 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Router

The Archer VR600 provides combined dual band Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1.6Gbps, including 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, eliminating lag and buffering from your online experience.

The latest VDSL2 technology allows the Archer VR600 to deliver VDSL broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is almost five times faster than ADSL2+. The Archer VR600 serves as a DSL modem and... »

Tenda D305 DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps ADSL2+ Router

The D305 supports interchangeable LAN/WAN ports to schedule the Ethernet port to function either as a LAN or a WAN port.

It also provides wireless transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps. The auto - detecting link type and PVC make you set up the modem router quickly and easily.

More advanced features, like Parental Control, USB Storage Service, Bandwidth Control, Interface Grouping, IPTV,... »

DIGISOL DG-HR3300TA-HW Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless Broadband Home Router

DIGISOL DG-HR3300TA-HW, IEEE802.11n wireless router provides a better wireless signal for your network than previous-generation IEEE802.11g technology.

The router protects your LAN/WLAN network using firewall, DoS Protection and URL blocking for Parental control.

DG-HR3300TA-HW uses intelligent antenna technology to transmit multiple streams of data which enables you to receive wireless... »

Tenda FH1206 Wireless Router
High Power AC1200 Dual-band Wi-Fi Router

Tenda FH1206 is a high power dual-band WiFi router. With Simultaneous dual-band WiFi technology, FH1206 delivers high transmission speed up to 300+867Mbps.

H1206 is equipped with high power amplifiers and 2x5dBi external antennas plus 2x high gains smart internal antennas, providing wider WiFi coverage and signal.

Supports WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) feature. WMM (QoS) feature gives priority... »

Netgear C6300BD Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Data Cable Gateway

The C6300BD DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 gateway that combines a 4-port Gigabit router and a simultaneous dual-band wireless access point into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

The C6300BD offers speeds up to 600+1300 Mbps with Beamforming+ for top WiFi speeds and even more reliable connections.

In addition, four Gigabit Ethernet ports... »

TP-Link Archer VR2600 DSL Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Router

The Archer VR2600 provides a total of 2600Mbps wireless speeds (2.4GHz - 800Mbps and 5GHz - 1733Mbps).

Four high-performance external antennas help the Archer VR2600 create a strong, far-reaching network for your home. Beamforming technology further improves the router's coverage by helping it locate wireless devices to form stronger, more reliable connections, even with mobile devices moving... »

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 (220 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 (24 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 (24 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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