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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:
Netflix uses one third of all downstream internet traffic
2014-11-21 10:15 EST by Daniela

According to a recent report from the Canadian research company Sandvine, Netflix accounts for one-third of North America's Internet Traffic. The video streaming service reportedly uses 34.89 percent of downstream and 9.4 percent of upstream bandwidth, followed by YouTube with 14 percent of traffic, Facebok, iTunes, BitTorrent, Hulu and Amazon. In comparison, Sandvine's last report from 2013,...

Mozilla changes default Firefox search from Google to Yahoo
2014-11-20 09:40 EST by Daniela

Mozilla Corporation and Yahoo have signed a "strategic five-year partnership" which will make Yahoo the default search engine for Firefox browser in the U.S.For 10 years Google has been the default search tool in Firefox but Mozilla decided to make the change in a move to promote "innovation and competition." "Today we are announcing a change to our strategy for Firefox search partnerships. We...

China blocks entire Content Delivery Network before World Internet Conference
2014-11-19 10:07 EST by Daniela

The Chinese government has blocked access to a major content delivery network (CDN), days before the World Internet Conference, which will take place in the country and will gather many of the world's top technology companies.The network, operated by EdgeCast has been blocked since Thursday. The company is an affiliate of Verizon Communications and delivers content and services for web companies,...

Study shows Tor users can be identified using traffic analysis
2014-11-18 10:15 EST by Daniela

If you're using the anonymizing software Tor, you might think that you are anonymous to the Internet, but as it turns out - you're not. According to recent reports, 81% of Tor users can be identified with the help of traffic analysis tools, such as Cisco's Netflow technology.The reports are based on a research that started in 2008 and was conducted by a former researcher from the Columbia...

AT&T phasing out mobile tracking cookies
2014-11-17 11:00 EST by Daniela

AT&T has announced that it would stop using "perma cookies" to track its customers. Previously,the companyhad used this technology to show targeted and relevant ads to its mobile internet users based on their activities by using an undetectable identification number and every user's internet connection passed through this Unique identifier Header (UIDH) to send the data to the carrier. "It has...

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Asus DSL-N14U DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Router

Asus DSL-N14U The ASUS DSL-N14U ADSL router provides Wi-Fi speeds up to 300Mbps. The built-in USB 2.0 port allows you to connect external storage, printers, and other devices to the DSL-N14U and share them with other users over the network.

With DSL-N14U you can easily set up a VPN server for secure web browsing and data access no matter where you are. Featuring PPTP encryption, your connection will...

Netgear C7000B Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway

Netgear C7000B The Netgear DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway (C7000B), has WiFi speeds up to 1900 (600+1300) Mbps with Beamforming+ and DOCSIS speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Built-in Netgear genie offers end-users complete access and management of their home network, resulting in fewer technical support calls. Netgear Enhanced Support Tools offer easy troubleshooting for cable operators...

Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point
802.11ac Wireless Access Point

Netgear WAC120 The NETGEAR WAC120 Wireless Access Point is a high performance dual band concurrent 802.11ac AP supporting up to an aggregate throughput of 1.2 Gbps (300 Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps 802.11ac for 5 GHz).

WAC120 802.11ac AP operates in standalone mode with an intuitive user interface and a flexible desktop mounting stand. It is perfectly positioned for customers demanding high throughput,...

Ubee EVW3226 VoIP Gateway
EuroDOCSIS 3.0 VoIP Cable Router

Ubee EVW3226 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...

D-Link DWR-111 Wireless Router
Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router

D-Link DWR-111 The Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router lets you connect to your 3G mobile connection with speeds of
up to 150 Mbps, giving you the speed you need for fast, responsive Internet access.

The DWR-111 utilizes dual-active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks across the Internet. WPA/WPA2 wireless encryption keeps your wireless network secure and your traffic safe, allowing you to securely...

Asus RT-AC56R Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC56R Delivering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands at up to 300 Mbps and 867Mbps, respectively, the RT-AC56R has a total speed of up to 1167Mbps.

ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connectivity using 802.11ac beamforming technology, high power amplification, and exclusive ASUS RF fine-tuning. This ensures extended coverage, dynamic data speed increases, and enhanced stability.



Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (148 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 (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 (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 OSes are still not...

Wireless Network Speed Tweaks
by Philip

Wireless networking has become mainstream technology not only for sharing internet access, but also for printing, gaming, audio/video streaming, and connected appliances/devices throughout many residences. The most widely used 2.4GHz spectrum has become increasingly congested from neighboring networks, cordless phones, and other connected devices. Network applications and media streaming are becoming increasingly bandwidth intensive. All this makes it necessary to be aware of the advantages of...


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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