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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:
US intelligence director: IoT can be used for surveillance
2016-02-10 01:45 EST by Daniela

Internet of Things have become very popular recently and many companies are developing such devices. However, the good idea behind IoT, could be transformed to a cyber security threat. These days, the US intelligence chief James Clapper has announced that connected household items could be used by intelligence agencies to spy on their owners."In the future, intelligence services might use the... »

The Pirate Bay to offer torrent streaming in the browser
2016-02-09 03:06 EST by Daniela

Despite the problems that it experienced recently, The Pirate Bay is up and running and even more - now it offers a new feature that will allow users to stream torrents right in their browser.It's able to do that thanks to a new plugin from Torrents Time. The plugin is supported in both Windows and Mac. With it, there's no need to download the torrent itself, or a BitTorrent client, or even the... »

Apple explains iPhone killing "Error 53"
2016-02-08 03:03 EST by Daniela

Many iPhone 6 users have recently complained of strange error message that literally "kills" their phones. "Error 53" has been occurring on iPhones since the emergence of iOS 9 updates. The problem is related to the smartphone's home button, which contains a Touch ID thumbprint reader that can be used to unlock the device instead of using a four-digit security code. If a device has been repaired... »

eBay bug lets hackers install malicious code into pages
2016-02-05 03:12 EST by Daniela

Security researchers from Check Point have discovered a vulnerability in eBay's website, which could allow hackers to remotely install malicious code in the page and distribute phishing and malware campaigns on eBay users.Despite a filter that is used in eBay's website to stop sellers from doing anything other than adding basic HTML on a page to highlight text, using the so-called JSF**K... »

Google Rolls Out Free Internet Gigabit Service to Public Housing
2016-02-04 03:09 EST by Daniela

Google has officially announced that it will provide free gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities in which Google Fiber is available. Initially, the service will be launched in Kansas City, Missouri. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Housing's ConnectHome initiative that seeks to expand Internet access in low-income areas. "We've wired all 100 homes with Fiber, and... »

Huawei E5786 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Cat6 Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Supporting the next-generation LTE-Advanced CAT6 network, the E5786 pushes download speeds to 300 Mbps - double the speed of LTE CAT4. Now you can do much more in far less time.

Now you can combine energy efficiency with high speed thanks to the world's first HiSilicon LTE Cat6 chipset that runs on a 28 nm HPM Coretx A9 processor.

A new era of wireless connectivity is here. Now you can... »

Netgear R7900 Wireless Router
AC3000 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router

With breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology, the Nighthawk X6 AC3000 WiFi Router gives you fast connections with a combined wireless speed of up to 3.0Gbps for all your wireless devices.

With one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz WiFi bands to work with, the X6 has the capacity, flexibility, and intelligence to assign each device to the WiFi band where it can connect at its maximum possible speed. The... »

Linksys RE4100W Wireless Range Extender
N600 Dual Band Wireless Range Extender

Extend the range of your home Wi-Fi signal and eliminate dead spots using the Linksys N600 PRO Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE4100W). This device offers flexible placement and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet to bring wireless connectivity to the far reaches of your home, with a range of up to 7,500 square feet.

Featuring dual wireless bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, the RE4100W can deliver... »

Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless Router
1200Mbps Wireless AC Router

With Wireless AC technology and an 1.3 Ghz dual-core CPU, the Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless AC Router delivers strong, speedy Wi-Fi coverage for your home. It can reach up to 1200Mbps wireless speed (867Mbps AC + 300Mbps N).

And for advanced users who want to customize their firmware, the WRT1200AC stays true to its lineage by offering an OpenWRT compatible firmware with open source-ready... »

D-Link DIR-816 Wireless Router
Wireless AC750 Dual Band Router

The DIR-816 Wireless AC750 Dual Band Router gives you combined wireless speeds of up to 750Mbps and increased range. Using dual-band wireless, it allows you to operate two concurrent, high-speed Wi-Fi bands for ultimate wireless performance. Surf the web, chat, and play online games on the 2.4 GHz band, while simultaneously streaming digital media on the 5 GHz band.

Just open a web browser and... »

Linksys RE7000 Wireless Range Extender
Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender

The RE7000 extends the range of your wireless router up to 10,000 square feet, eliminating dead zones.

Next-generation MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology ensures your network can deliver faster and more efficient throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. This means your whole household can surf the Internet, stream HD movies, play online games, and more... »

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 (211 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 (13 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... »

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,... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (18 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... »

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