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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:
New efficient radio could double WiFi and cellular bandwidth
2014-11-26 10:00 EST by Daniela

Researchers at University of Texas, Austin have developed a new technology that could double wireless and cellular bandwidth by embedding a small and efficient radio wave circulator in cellphones and other wireless devices. The circulator enables full-duplex functionality, allowing devices to transmit and receive signals on the same frequency band simultaneously - an approach which hasn't been...

Sony Pictures hacked, entire network unusable
2014-11-25 10:03 EST by Daniela

Sony Pictures has been hacked by a group calling itself #GOP. Employees of the studio weren't able to log on to their work computers Monday. Instead they were welcomed by a warning. A red skull appeared on their screens under "Hacked By #GOP," which stands for "Guardians оf Peace," and a list of threats. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning," the message read. "We've...

Intelligence gathering 'Regin' spyware discovered by Symantec
2014-11-24 10:11 EST by Daniela

Security firm Symantec has discovered a new malware that has been in the wild since 2008. The trojan, called Regin is believed to be a primary cyberespionage tool of a nation state and has been used against governments, telecom companies, businesses, and private individuals. According to Symantec the malware is well disguised and has several levels of protection. Regin causes a multi-stage...

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...

Tech Talk around the Web
Ubisoft apologises for Assassin's Creed Unity bugs - BBC News
EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google - Reuters
iPad Slump Signals 'Massive Deceleration' in Tablet Shipments - PC Magazine
Lenovo Surprises Mall Shoppers with Yoga 3 Pro Prank - Capitalberg
Syrian hacking group places pop-up message on websites - BBC News
Twitter will monitor your mobile apps to target adverts - Inquirer

Edimax BR-6208AC Wireless Router
AC750 Multi-Function Concurrent Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

Edimax BR-6208AC The Edimax BR-6208AC router supports the next generation IEEE 802.11ac wireless standard, meaning higher data rates in the 5GHz band. With 300Mbps speeds in the 2.4GHz band and 433Mbps speeds in 5GHz simultaneously, the BR-6208AC is suitable for HD video streaming and large file transfers. The router is also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n to ensure compatibility with legacy Wi-Fi...

Linksys LAPAC1200 Wireless Access Point
AC1200 Dual Band Access Point

Linksys LAPAC1200 The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point supports the latest 802.11ac
technology, a three time performance increase from 802.11n. Enhancements such as wider
80 MHz channels provide greater data bandwidth while operating in the less-crowded 5
GHz band space.

The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point can be deployed as a typical
access point, or set up as a...

Linksys RE6500 Wireless Range Extender
Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Linksys RE6500 Thanks to high-speed wireless-AC technology, the RE6500 creates Wi-Fi speeds that are up to three times faster than wireless-N. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever.

The RE6500 features simultaneous dual bands, which means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. It extends...

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...

Edimax EW-7208APC Wireless Access Point
AC750 Multi-Function Dual-Band Access Point / Range Extender

Edimax EW-7208APC The Edimax EW-7208APC supports IEEE 802.11ac wireless standard, meaning higher data rates in the 5GHz band. With 300Mbps speeds in the 2.4GHz band and 433Mbps speeds in 5GHz, the EW-7208APC is ideal for HD video streaming and large file transfers.

Employing three external detachable antennas, the EW-7208APC provides 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band signal strength and enhances Wi-Fi range, providing...

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...


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 (193 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...

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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