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"Some of the Best Broadband Speed Tweaks on the Net"
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 signs paid streaming deal with Time Warner
2014.08.20 09:16 EST by Daniela

Time Warner Cable signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix, making it the fourth of the big four U.S. ISPs to sign paid peering agreements with the streaming video provider. Presumably, this agreement should improve the Netflix viewing experience of Time Warner Cable's broadband subscribers who also like to tune into Netflix fare."Time Warner Cable reached an agreement with Netflix in...

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Chinese hackers snatch 4.5 Million patient files from US hospitals
2014.08.19 11:50 EST by Philip

Community Health Systems (CHS), one of the largest healthcare providers in the US that oversees 206 hospitals across America revealed that Chinese hackers accessed names, addresses, and social security numbers of millions of patients."Unfortunately, we have joined numerous American companies and institutions who have been victimized by highly sophisticated, criminal cyber-attacks...

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Verizon takes top spot in network quality report
2014.08.19 09:21 EST by Daniela

Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics.RootMetrics released the results from its 2014 Midyear US National RootScore Report on Monday. The report provides insights and comparisons of network performance for the entire United States, within each of the 50...

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FCC extends Net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15
2014.08.18 09:39 EST by Daniela

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed Net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.The comments were originally due by Sept. 10. The five-day extension for the FCC’s net neutrality plans comes after the commission delayed the first deadline by three...

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Comcast and Time Warner pull funding for FCC regulator fundrising dinner
2014.08.15 09:26 EST by Daniela

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have withdrawn their financial support for a fundraising dinner honoring one of the federal regulators who will vote on the the companies' proposed merger.The two firms had been among the companies set to sponsor a Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner event honoring commsissioner Clyburn. The foundation, which advocates for diversity within the cable television...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
Report Researchers Spoof TSA Airport Scanners - PC Magazine
Check Out How Much Google Has Changed Since It First Launched GOOG - SFGate
Barnes & Noble unveils its first Nook made by Samsung - BBC News
Legislature wades into Martins Beach access fight - SFGate
Apple soars over iPhone optimism - Irish Examiner
Steve Ballmer goes from computers to Clippers as he sheds Microsoft - ModVive

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DSL Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless ADSL2/2+ Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DG-BG4100N is a high-performance ADSL2/2+ broadband router providing downstream speed of up to 24Mbps and upstream speed up to 1Mbps. It provides one RJ11 telephone interface for ADSL connection, four RJ45 Ethernet interfaces for connecting to notebook/desktop computer or other network devices. It also supports IEEE802.11n wireless LAN providing speed up to 150Mbps.

DG-BG4100N supports robust...

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Arris Touchstone TG1672 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Telephony Gateway with MoCA

Arris Touchstone TG1672 The Touchstone TG1672 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. It combines two analog voice lines, a 4-port Gigabit Router, and 802.11n wireless access point with two independent simultaneously operating 802.11n radios into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

Using an advanced dual core processor, the TG1672 can achieve high...

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Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D Wireless Router
AirStation N600 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D Buffalo's AirStation™ N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source dual band solution, delivering high performance networking.

It features an 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM and is equipped with two wireless radios and onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

WZR-600DHP2D is powered by the DD-WRT...

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router
Dual Band Gigabit Wi‑Fi Router

Linksys WRT1900AC To provide strong, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, the WRT1900AC is the first router in the market to feature four external adjustable antennas that ensures your Wi-Fi signal is always at maximum strength. It provides wireless transmission rates of up to 1900Mbps (1300Mbps AC + 600Mbps N).

With a professional-grade, 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM CPU the WRT1900AC is capable of moving...

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D-Link DCH-M225 Wireless Range Extender
Wi-Fi Audio Extender

D-Link DCH-M225 The DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender is a portable plug-in repeater that lets you extend an existing wireless network. It also has the ability to stream your music library to anywhere within your extended wireless network. It supports Wireless N speeds of up to 300Mbps in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

With support for both DLNA and AirPlay, simply plug in your speakers and you'll...

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Ubee DDW366 Cable Gateway
Dual-Band Concurrent Wireless Cable Gateway

Ubee DDW366 The DDW366 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DDW366 delivers the latest security authentication and encryption standards to prevent unauthorized access to the wireless network. These include WPA/WPA2, WPS, and SPI Firewall.

The DDW366 provides 8 SSIDs that offer considerable...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (146 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...

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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...

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How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (184 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...

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Windows Vista tcpip.sys connection limit patch for Event ID 4226
by Philip (18 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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