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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:
Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz Wi-Fi band
2015-03-02 09:40 EST by Daniela

Qualcomm is expected to introduce at the Mobile World Congress this week a new chipset that will enable LTE to run in the 5GHz WiFi band. LTE for unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) will be integrated into Qualcomm's latest small cell solutions and RF transceivers for mobile devices. "As the Internet enters a new phase of growth, in which more devices are connected and share richer data, there is a need... »

FCC approves net neutrality rules
2015-02-27 10:28 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the new Net neutrality rules, which reclassify broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory power in the process. The new measures prohibit carriers from blocking or slowing online traffic, or offering faster service in return for payment."It [the internet] is our printing press; it is our town square; it... »

Lenovo and Google Vietnam websites hijacked by DNS attacks
2015-02-26 09:50 EST by Daniela

Lenovo's official website and Google's website in Vietnam have been attacked by a group of hackers called Lizard Squad. Both companies were victims of "domain hijacking", which means that the domain name records for both companies were modified to redirect to different websites when people entered "" and """The Lenovo site you are attempting to access is currently... »

US offers $3m reward for information on Russian hacker
2015-02-25 10:07 EST by Daniela

In a try to find a sentenced cybercriminal, the FBI is offering the highest ever reward of up to $3 million. The money is given for any information that would help the agency to arrest the Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev.The FBI has circulated "Wanted" posters around the world showing Bogachev in a striped polo shirt. The hacker is believed to be in Russia. His last known residence was in Anapa,... »

Google Wallet strikes deal with wireless carriers
2015-02-24 10:09 EST by Daniela

Google has made a deal with AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless which will allow the search giant to pre-install its Google Wallet payment service on Android devices sold by those carriers in the U.S. Only devices running KitKat or higher will benefit from the service. The first devices, featuring Google Wallet are expected to emerge later this year.In addition to the deal, Google will also... »

D-Link DWR-932 Mobile Hotspot
4G LTE Mobile Wi Fi Hotspot 150Mbps

The DWR-932 4G LTE Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot 150 Mbps is a 4G/LTE Cat4 high speed broadband Wi-Fi mobile hotspot. The DWR-932 uses a 4G Internet connection to give you a simple and fast Wi-Fi network anywhere you need.

The portable size and battery powered enabled you to share your connection anywhere. Share a single mobile Internet connection with your friends or colleagues to send and receive... »

Netgear CM500 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem

The Netgear CM500 High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 680Mbps.

It is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certified and supports 16 download & 4 upload channels simultaneously for reliable Internet access even during peak hours. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides faster access and downloads.

This modem supports advanced Quality of Service (QoS) and... »

TRENDnet TEW-815DAP Wireless Access Point
AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point

TRENDnet's high performance AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point, model TEW-815DAP, supports Access Point (AP), Client, Repeater, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) Bridge, and WDS + AP modes.

The TEW-815DAP generates concurrent 1.3 Gbps Wireless AC and 450 Mbps Wireless N networks. Embedded GREENnet technology reduces power consumption by up to 50%.

Securely connect to the access point... »

Netgear R6050 Wireless Router
AC750 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router

This AC750 WiFi router provides wireless transmission speeds up to 300+433 Mbps. Simultaneous dual bands minimize interference. Five Gigabit wired ports offer lag-free gaming, smooth HD video, and faster downloads.

External 5dBi antennas improve WiFi signal strength for extended range and reliable connections throughout the home.

The router offers highest level of wireless security with... »

Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point
802.11ac Wireless Access Point

The NETGEAR WAC120 Wireless Access Point is a high performance dual band concurrent 802.11ac AP supporting up to an aggregate throughput of 1.2 Gbps (300 Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps 802.11ac for 5 GHz).

WAC120 802.11ac AP operates in standalone mode with an intuitive user interface and a flexible desktop mounting stand. It is perfectly positioned for customers demanding high throughput,... »

TP-Link M7350 Mobile Hotspot
LTE-Advanced Mobile WiFi

TP-LINK's M7350 is at the forefront of wireless 4G sharing. Just insert a 4G SIM card into the device to instantly establish a selectable dual band Wi-Fi hotspot. With up to 150Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds, the M7350 is able to provide 4G wireless sharing to up to 15 users simultaneously.

Its pocket-sized design and 2550mAh internal battery make it an ideal travel companion,... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (149 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 (200 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, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (3 comments)

Windows 8 TweaksThe Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences and new problems in tuning TCP/IP. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is still some room for improvement and I 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 administrator account. With earlier Windows versions, we used the... »

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 (9 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... »

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)

routerIntroduction 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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