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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:
New efficient radio could double WiFi and cellular bandwidth
2014-11-26 10:00 EST by Daniela

Researchers at University of Texas, Austin have developed a new technology that could double wireless and cellular bandwidth by embedding a small and efficient radio wave circulator in cellphones and other wireless devices. The circulator enables full-duplex functionality, allowing devices to transmit and receive signals on the same frequency band simultaneously - an approach which hasn't been...

Sony Pictures hacked, entire network unusable
2014-11-25 10:03 EST by Daniela

Sony Pictures has been hacked by a group calling itself #GOP. Employees of the studio weren't able to log on to their work computers Monday. Instead they were welcomed by a warning. A red skull appeared on their screens under "Hacked By #GOP," which stands for "Guardians оf Peace," and a list of threats. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning," the message read. "We've...

Intelligence gathering 'Regin' spyware discovered by Symantec
2014-11-24 10:11 EST by Daniela

Security firm Symantec has discovered a new malware that has been in the wild since 2008. The trojan, called Regin is believed to be a primary cyberespionage tool of a nation state and has been used against governments, telecom companies, businesses, and private individuals. According to Symantec the malware is well disguised and has several levels of protection. Regin causes a multi-stage...

Netflix uses one third of all downstream internet traffic
2014-11-21 10:15 EST by Daniela

According to a recent report from the Canadian research company Sandvine, Netflix accounts for one-third of North America's Internet Traffic. The video streaming service reportedly uses 34.89 percent of downstream and 9.4 percent of upstream bandwidth, followed by YouTube with 14 percent of traffic, Facebok, iTunes, BitTorrent, Hulu and Amazon. In comparison, Sandvine's last report from 2013,...

Mozilla changes default Firefox search from Google to Yahoo
2014-11-20 09:40 EST by Daniela

Mozilla Corporation and Yahoo have signed a "strategic five-year partnership" which will make Yahoo the default search engine for Firefox browser in the U.S.For 10 years Google has been the default search tool in Firefox but Mozilla decided to make the change in a move to promote "innovation and competition." "Today we are announcing a change to our strategy for Firefox search partnerships. We...

Tech Talk around the Web
European Parliament to vote on Google break-up - BBC News
Twitter Starting to Track List of Users' Apps on Mobiles - Businessweek
AT&T Backtracks on Threat to Halt Fiber Rollout - Wall Street Journal
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and Yoga Tablet 2 Pro - Two Top Choices For the Holidays - TechnoBuffalo
Why drones will likely be GoPro's next big hit - Quartz
Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed Unity' issues - Entertainment Weekly

Edimax AR-7288WnA DSL Wireless Router
N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Router

Edimax AR-7288WnA The Edimax AR-7288WnA/B N300 Wireless ADSL Modem Router is an All-in-One device that combines the functions of a high speed ADSL modem, a wireless router and a 4-Port 10/100Mbps switch.

Complies with the IEEE 802.11n standard, users will get the Wi-Fi speed up 300Mbps. Implied with 2 5dBi antennas, the AR-7288Wna/B offers wider wireless coverage.

The AR-7288WnA/B supports multiple SSIDs...

Asus DSL-N10 C1 DSL Wireless Router
Wireless-N150 ADSL2+ Router

Asus DSL-N10 C1 The ASUS DSL-N10 C1 provides Wi-Fi speeds up to 150Mbps.

The DSL-N10 C1 supports up to four separately-configurable wireless networks. These let you create secure guest networks, and there are advanced controls for network usage and access permissions, including parental controls.

Physical WPS and Wi-Fi on/off button give one-touch control over device pairing and wireless power.


D-Link DIR-817LW Wireless Router
Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router (White)

D-Link DIR-817LW The DIR-817LW Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router gives you fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to
750Mbps (433AC + 300N) and increased range. It uses dual band wireless, allowing you to operate two concurrent, high-speed Wi-Fi bands for optimal wireless performance.

With mydlink SharePort, you can connect a USB storage drive to the DIR-817LW to instantly
create a personal, private storage space to...

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...

Belkin F9K1115 Wireless Router
AC1750 Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

Belkin F9K1115 The dual band router offers media (5 GHz) and standard (2.4 GHz) bands so you can stream movies or enjoy online games without interruption - even if your family members or roommates are accessing the Internet in the other room on their WiFi devices.

The AC1750 operates up to 4.3x faster than wireless-N technology at up to 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 1.3 Gbps (5 GHz).

The AC1750 DB router Wi-Fi...

Planet WDAP-C7200AC Wireless Access Point
1200Mbps 802.11ac Dual Band Ceiling Mount Wireless Access Point

Planet WDAP-C7200AC The WDAP-C7200AC supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band standards with 2T2R MIMO technology, providing wireless speed up to 300+867Mbps (1200Mbps). Moreover, the WDAP-C7200AC is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet Port.

The WDAP-C7200AC adopts IEEE 802.11ac technology to extend the 802.11n 40MHz channel binding to 80MHz and the implementation of 256-QAM modulation where higher...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (148 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...

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...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (193 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...

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 (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 OSes are still not...

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...


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)

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,...

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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