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We cover Broadband Internet connections, network security, wireless 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:
FCC chairman to let states approve new Lifeline providers
2017-03-30 14:19 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman has announced that the agency will put a stop to the federal approvals process for new providers in the Lifeline subsidy program. Instead, it will let individual states decide which service providers should be included.This will eliminate rules the Democrat-controlled FCC passed last year to make it easier for broadband companies to participate in the program. "Congress gave... »

New Google Translate app now available in China
2017-03-29 16:56 EST by Daniela

For the first time in 7 years Chinese users can now access Google's mobile Translate applications without needing to install any bypassing software to circumvent the strict web and mobile censorship in the country. The U.S. search giant left China more than seven years ago when it redirected its local search engine to Hong Kong and many of its services are censored in the country. The Translate... »

Samsung could sell 'refurbished' Galaxy Note 7 phones
2017-03-28 13:59 EST by Daniela

Samsung has announced that it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again in the form of refurbished or rental versions.However, the company didn't specify when or where the Galaxy Note 7 devices would re-emerge."Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due... »

Verizon Teams with SES on Ultra HD Trial
2017-03-27 15:31 EST by Daniela

Verizon today announced that it will collaborate with satellite operator SES S.A. to start testing 4K channels throughout the U.S. As part of the agreement, Verizon will receive and test content from SES's pre-packaged Ultra HD platform.SES will deliver nine 4K channels to Fios users in the trial: Fashion One 4K, Insight, Travelxp 4K, Nature Relaxation, C4K360, 4K Universe, UHD1, SES Demo... »

Amazon makes first public drone delivery in US
2017-03-24 19:25 EST by Daniela

Amazon completed its first public United States delivery using one of its Prime Air delivery drones at the invite-only MARS 2017 conference held in Palm Springs, California on Monday. The drone delivered a few bottles of sunscreen to a patch of grass while attendees at the conference were watching.The fully autonomous delivery marks the first time Amazon's drones have flown for the public in... »

Arris SBG6900-AC Cable Gateway
SURFboard AC1900 Wi-Fi Cable Router

The SURFboard SBG6900-AC Wireless Cable Modem & Router is an all-in-one wireless DOCSIS 3.0 cable router. It provides high-speed Internet access for your computer and other wireless network devices on your home or small business network.

The SBG6900-AC also includes a Wi-Fi Pairing option for quick and easy wireless connections for your WPS-enabled (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) 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... »

Linksys RE6300 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 Boost Wi-Fi Range Extender

The RE6300 features data transfer speeds up to N300 + AC433 Mbps and can also focus the Wi-Fi signal directly to your connected devices for optimal performance, thanks to Beamforming Technology.

Crossband Technology maximizes the simultaneous use of both bands for high-speed data transfer and uninterrupted streaming and gaming.

Connect a wired device such as a gaming console, Blu-ray... »

Tenda AC15 Wireless Router
1900Mbps Smart Dual-band Gigabit WiFi Router

AC15 delivers both 1300Mbps 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbps 802.11n at 2.4 GHz concurrently. Plus the Broadcom dual-core processor, you can enjoy lag-free bandwidth demanding entertainments fully, such as the HD video streaming and online gaming.

The high speed USB 3.0 features data transfer up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 and the built-in printer server makes it easy to print wirelessly.... »

Ubiquiti Amplifi Wi-Fi Mesh Wireless
Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

AmpliFi Routers and MeshPoints are designed to work in combination to eliminate any dead spots in your home. They utilize mesh technology. The Router features an intuitive touchscreen display and the MeshPoints display wireless signal performance.

The AmpliFi MeshPoint features an adjustable antenna and fits discreetly in any household, wherever dead spots need coverage. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi,... »

Asus DSL-N17U DSL Wireless Router
Wireless-N300 Gigabit ADSL/VDSL Router

The DSL-N17U has two WAN ports, allowing it to be used as a standalone router when not operating as a DSL modem router.

With built-in two USB ports, connect external storage drives, printers, scanners and many other USB-enabled devices to share with your networked PCs. Having your devices networked, lets you access them easier than ever before.

ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens... »

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 (223 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 (28 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 (25 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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