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The site focuses on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience. A large section of SG is dedicated to 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:
AT&T threatens to boycott a critical airwave auction
2014.04.17 10:05 EST by Daniela

AT&T has warned it may have no choice but to pull out of a major government auction of the airwaves if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't change some of the rules. The airwaves in the 600MHz band are set to be auctioned next year, and the FCC seems to plan putting restrictions on the biggest carriers. The restrictions could limit the amount of money the auction takes in but help...

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Google unveils Project Ara, a 'modular' smartphone
2014.04.16 09:34 EST by Daniela

Google Inc. is planning a "modular" smartphone that consumers can configure with different features, executives said. The company announced its plans for modular smartphone at the Project Ara Developers Conference in Mountain View today. The Project Ara kit will allow users—developers, for now—to swap components into an endoskeleton framework (the chassis that will hold the modular components...

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Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace
2014.04.15 09:47 EST by Daniela

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a company originally sought by Facebook as a means to bring internet to remote parts of the globe. Titan Aerospace makes drones which can stay aloft for extended periods of time. The drones which fly well above the altitude where commercial aircraft fly and below where satellites orbit, can beam an internet signal from space. The drones' primary function will...

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Analysts: Sprint/T-Mobile must merge or one will fail
2014.04.14 10:03 EST by Daniela

Sprint and T-Mobile merger has been in talks for quite some time. According to a recent analysis from New Street Research, Sprint and T- Mobile US need to merge to effectively compete against AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, because one of the companies will ultimately fail if they are not able to merge. Although Sprint and T-Mobile are national telecom players, they are far behind...

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Report: NSA exploited Heartbleed for years
2014.04.11 17:45 EST by Daniela

After recent revelations about the existence of Heartbleed security flaw in OpenSSL encryption, Friday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that the National Security Agency has been aware of and actively exploiting the Heartbleed bug for at least two full years, citing "two people familiar with the matter." Putting the Heartbleed bug in its arsenal, the NSA was able to obtain passwords and other basic...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
Share Your Location with Facebook's 'Friends Nearby' - NBCNews.com
Dropbox aquires iOS photo app Loom, will fold into Carousel next month - CNET
Twitter follows Facebook in selling ads that push mobile app installs - VentureBeat
Hands-on 'FarmVille' shifts to fertile mobile space - USA TODAY
Google Inc Slammed By German Media Tycoon - ValueWalk
Nokia halts Lumia 2520 tablet sales due to charger shock hazard - Digital Trends

TRENDnet TEW-753DAP Wireless Access Point
N600 Dual Band PoE Access Point

TRENDnet TEW-753DAP TRENDnet's N600 Dual Band PoE Access Point, model TEW-753DAP, is a feature rich business class access point with concurrent dual band wireless technology (300Mbps + 300Mbps). A Gigabit Ethernet connection to the network maintains high performance wireless connections.

A variety of installation scenarios are supported with Access Point, WDS AP, WDS Bridge, and Repeater modes. The AP features...

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Netis WF2419 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N Router

Netis WF2419 Netis WF2419 300Mbps Wireless N Router is a combined wired and wireless device for SOHO network applications.

It's compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices and provides wireless transfer speed up to 300Mbps.

Bundled with two external 5dBi antennas, it builds up broad wireless coverage and allows you to enjoy wireless freedom anywhere around your home. With the Setup CD and WPS button, it can...

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TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Wireless Router
AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU TEW-818DRU creates two wireless networks - an 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and a 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.

High performance wireless amplifiers maximize wireless home coverage and...

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AVM FRITZ!Box 3272 DSL Wireless Router
450Mbps Wireless-N Router

AVM FRITZ!Box 3272 The FRITZ!Box 3272 is a 400Mbps Wireless-N router with built-in ADSL2+ modem. It has 2 x gigabit LAN, 2 x Fast Ethernet LAN ports. The router also features 2 USB ports for adding printers and storage media to the network.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) allows for easy and safe wireless LAN connections at the touch of a button or by entering a PIN.

FRITZ!OS rounds out the package with a slew of...

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AVM FRITZ!Box 3390 DSL Wireless Router
900Mbps Wireless VDSL / ADSL2+ Router

AVM FRITZ!Box 3390 You can hook up the FRITZ!Box 3390 to any ADSL or VDSL port to take advantage of connections with up to 100 Mbit/s.

Two independent wireless LANs with 450Mbit/s allow simultaneous dual-band connections
in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands – for double performance, greater range and more
flexibility in wireless transmission, even over greater distances.

The frequency bands are scanned...

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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...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (145 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 (165 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 up...

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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 (8 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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