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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:
Wave 2 Wi-Fi to Boost WiFi Performance
2016-06-30 03:00 EST by Daniela

The Wi-Fi Alliance has started certifying 802.11ac Wave 2 products. 802.11ac was first approved back in January 2014, resulting in a surge of so-called Wave 1 routers and network adapters.The new specification will expand 802.11ac to include new features, improving wireless speed and range. It will double the bandwidth per channel, including support for 80 to 160 MHz channels. It is also expected... »

DDoS attackers use large CCTV botnet for attacks
2016-06-29 16:57 EST by Daniela

Security company Securi has warned of a new kind of DDoS attack, which involves digital video recorders and CCTV cameras. The company observed the traffic of a jewellery shop website and found out that over 25,000 hacked internet-connected CCTV cameras are being used for a denial-of-service botnet. The DDoS had been generating 35,000 HTTP requests per second."It all started with a small bricks... »

Intel may sell off cyber security division
2016-06-28 03:16 EST by Daniela

Intel may reportedly sell its security business. Intel Security was formed back in 2010, when the chipmaker bought McAfee, planning to embed cyber-security functionality into chips.The company is now in talks with bankers about a possible deal that would be one of the largest in the sector. Private equity firms may be interested in buying the assets if the price is not higher than the $7.7bn... »

China tightens up rules for search engines
2016-06-27 03:01 EST by Daniela

China plans to introduce new regulations for the nation's search engines and the results they display to internet users. Search service providers, like Baidu will be asked to improve censorship and reject illegal content.Starting on August 1, search engines operating within the country will be prohibited from providing banned information in various formats including links, summaries, cached... »

Google Fiber to acquire gigabit internet provider Webpass
2016-06-24 02:20 EST by Daniela

Google plans to acquire the San Francisco-based internet service provider Webpass and to quickly increase its urban coverage and offer customers a combination of fiber and wireless delivery of high-speed Internet. Founded 13 years ago, Webpass uses point-to-point wireless to deliver high-speed broadband to apartment buildings and businesses. The company offers business connections from 10 to... »

Arris GD7205 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Gateway

The GD7205 DOCSIS 3.1 cable gateway from Pace delivers up to 32 bonded downstream channels with two OFDM channels, with speeds up to 4 Gbps. It also features up to 8 upstream channels, plus two OFDMA for flexible return path configuration.

The GD7205 also features a configurable mid-split at either 65 MHz, 85 MHz or 200 MHz.

This high-power 4x4 Mu-MIMO, Wi-Fi solution provides wider range... »

Netgear MBR1515A Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Mobile Broadband WiFi Router

This 4G LTE router gives your wireless and wired devices fast broadband network access from a mobile office, remote workplace or vacation RV. And can also be used as backup for your wired network.

Your connection will seamlessly switch to 3G if your 4G LTE signal isn't strong enough. The failover feature enables automatic use of your 3G/4G LTE connection if your wired connection goes... »

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... »

Asus RT-AC1200G+ Wireless Router
Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Router

Delivering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands at up to 300 Mbps and 867 Mbps, respectively, RT-AC1200G+ has a total speed of up to 1167 Mbps.

Multi-purpose USB 2.0 port allows printer, hard drive and 3G/4G sharing; while ASUS AiCloud support allows you to access, share, and stream files from your home PC to any internet-connected device.

ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless... »

TP-Link RE450 Wireless Range Extender
AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender connects to your router wirelessly, strengthening and expanding its signal into areas it can't reach on its own. The device also reduces signal interference to ensure reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home or office.

TP-LINK's RE450 comes with next generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, it's 3 times faster than the standard 802.11n speeds. The... »

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... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (152 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 (216 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 (17 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 (19 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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