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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:
IEEE sets new Ethernet standard for 5X faster speed over existing wires
2016-09-29 03:21 EST by Daniela

The Ethernet Alliance has ratified the IEEE 802.3bz Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s Operation. Enabling access layer bandwidth to evolve incrementally beyond 1 Gigabit per second (Gb/s), it will help address emerging needs in a variety of settings and applications, including enterprise, wireless... »

Experiment proves future drones may not need batteries
2016-09-28 02:58 EST by Daniela

Researcher at the Imperial College London has created a battery-less drone, which can fly "forever". The drone is powered only by the wireless power transmitter beneath it. It has had its battery removed and has been outfitted with a coil of copper foil tape. This acts as a receiver for the electromagnetic waves that are being put out by the plate that the drone is flying over. There is a catch... »

Google Internet balloon now uses artificial intelligence
2016-09-27 03:17 EST by Daniela

Google has announced that its Project Loon balloon, aiming to bring Internet around the world, has started to use artificial intelligence to improve wind-prediction capabilities, allowing the balloons to stick to the desired flight path much longer.This is a major change in the way that the balloons work. After the launch of Project loon, Google has been using static algorithms to make its... »

Opera's desktop browser with a built-in VPN is now available to all
2016-09-26 03:14 EST by Daniela

Opera has become the first browser to support a built-in unlimited VPN service. The company has released the finished version of Opera 40 for desktops that offers both a more secure connection as well as access to foreign content that would otherwise be blocked.Powered by Opera subsidiary SurfEasy, the VPN uses a 256-bit AES encrypted connection and does not log your browsing history. Users can... »

500 million Yahoo accounts breached
2016-09-23 02:59 EST by Daniela

Yahoo has confirmed that the account information of least 500 million users was stolen by hackers in 2014. The company believes that this was a state-sponsored attack. "The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,"... »

Arris GA2305 DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ Dual Play Broadband Gateway

Pace's GA2305 is an entry-level ADSL2+ Gateway, targeted for high-speed Internet services and dual-play (data and IPTV). It is designed as a flexible platform, which can host a range of applications and services.

The built-in IEEE 802.11n wireless interface provides coverage and high performance for the whole home. Four fast Ethernet interfaces are provided to connect PCs, set-top boxes and... »

Synology RT1900ac Wireless Router
1900Mbps Wireless Router

Equipped with three powerful antennas and support for the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard, Synology Router RT1900ac broadcasts both 2.4 and 5 GHz spectrums for combined data transfer speeds of up to 1900 Mbps.

With smart Beamforming technology, Synology Router RT1900ac focuses wireless signals toward up to six supported devices, reducing latency, economizing power consumption, and... »

TP-Link AD7200 Wireless Router
Talon Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router

The AD7200 uses Multi-Band technology to run three distinct Wi-Fi bands at once, with the combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 7200Mbps, creating a network that can connect to more devices without a trade-off in performance.

Smart Connect ensures the stability and performance of all of your devices by dynamically identifying and assigning them to the fast available band.

Wireless AC and... »

ZyXEL VMG3925 DSL Wireless Router
AC1600 VDSL2 Combo Gateway

ZyXEL's VMG3925 AC1600 VDSL2 Combo Gateway provides the latest in VDSL2 performance with vectoring up to profile 17a. Vectoring decreases crosstalk for increased bandwidth enabling rich multimedia experiences at longer subscriber distances.

It offers reliability and deployment flexibility with VDSL2 and ADSL2+ fallback as well as PTM/ATM mode support, with full auto-detection selecting the... »

Linksys RE4000W Wireless Range Extender
N600 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender

Linksys RE4000W helps eliminate dead zones with additional wireless coverage of up to 7,500 square feet.

It uses 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously and provides wireless transmission speeds of up to 600Mbps.

Cross-band technology Maximizes the simultaneous use of both bands for high-speed data transfer and uninterrupted streaming and gaming.

In addition to extending the Wi-Fi range,... »

Ubee DVW32CB VoIP Gateway
AC1750 Wireless cable VoIP Gateway

The DVW32CB Advanced Wireless Voice Gateway blends high-speed LAN capabilities with the convenience of wireless networking, and analog telephony in one device.

The DVW32CB delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications. 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels provide speeds of up to 686 Mbps downstream and 122 Mbps upstream.

The DVW32CB offers two... »

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 (218 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 (22 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 (21 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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