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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:
Google developing "Brillo" OS for Internet of Things
2015-05-22 10:03 EST by Daniela

Google is reportedly developing a new Android-based operating system, called Brillo, intended to power Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While current versions of Android are aimed at devices with at least 512 megabytes of memory, Brillo will work on 32 or 64 megabytes of RAM.IoT, or the "Internet of Things," refers to devices that can connect to and communicate with one another, like fridges... »

FCC warns Internet providers about customer privacy
2015-05-21 09:38 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission has warned Internet service providers that new privacy rules, part of the net neutrality order will take effect next month. The commission wants carriers to do more to protect customers' privacy. That's why it has released an advisory with guidance on how the new rules should be applied."The Commission has found that absent privacy protections, a broadband... »

NetUSB vulnerability can affect millions of routers
2015-05-20 10:00 EST by Daniela

Millions of routers worldwide may be exposed at risk due to a serious vulnerability in the NetUSB service that could allow hackers to compromise them. NetUSB is a service developed by the Taiwanese company KCodes, that provides USB over IP functionality. It relies on a Linux kernel driver to launch a server. USB devices such as printers, webcams, flash drives, plugged into a Linux-based system,... »

Google and Apple urge US Government to block smartphone surveillance
2015-05-19 10:17 EST by Daniela

A group of technology giants, including Apple and Google have sent a letter to the Obama administration asking for preservation of citizen's rights for privacy. More than 140 technology companies, technologists and civil society groups also signed the letter. They insist that President Obama should reject proposals to allow encryption "back doors" in mobile devices."We urge you to reject any... »

The Internet reaching capacity limits
2015-05-18 09:42 EST by Daniela (1 comments)

After the threats that the IPv4 addresses are insufficient, now researchers are warning that the Internet's physical infrastructure could soon be running at its maximum capacity. What causes the crunch is the fast growth of online media consumption services, such as Netflix and Youtube.According to RenĂ©-Jean Essiambre of Alcatel-Lucent, the fiber optic cables that make up the Internet's Backbone... »

Comtrend WR-5881 Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless Router

The Comtrend WR-5881 Wireless-N Broadband Router is designed for home and small office environments that require wired and/or wireless connectivity.

Utilizing advanced wireless technology, the IEEE802.11n standard provides good coverage, up to 150Mbps wireless speeds, and is backward compatible with IEEE802.11b/g devices.

Additionally, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) enables instant security... »

Edimax EW-7288APC Wireless Access Point
11AC Add-On Station, AC450 5GHz Access Point/Wi-Fi Bridge

The EW-7288APC is the world's first dedicated 11ac 5GHz Wi-Fi Access Point to extend your exiting 2.4GHz Wi-Fi router with 5GHz Wi-Fi to be dual-band wireless networking.

Design with easy plug and play, zero router setup, EW-7288APC is an easy to use solution to upgrade your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to be dual-band Wi-Fi and provides your 5GHz ready mobile devices to access online with less... »

Arris Touchstone DG1670 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Data Gateway with MoCA

The Touchstone DG1670 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. It combines 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 support both home and small office applications.

The DG1670 also supports MoCA 1.1 for in-home video and data distribution over coax. This feature... »

Linksys EA9200 Wireless Router
AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Equipped with two 5Ghz and one 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi bands, the AC3200 delivers the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.2 Gbps. Smart Connect technology automatically prioritizes and balances devices over the two 5GHz bands, enabling up to twice the speeds of a dual-band router.

The AC3200 wireless router features three fixed internal antennas and three adjustable external antennas, which provide... »

TP-Link RE210 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender

TP-LINK's 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.

The range extender features the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac. Wireless AC technology lets it run on dual bands at a blazing combined... »

ZyXEL NBG6616 Wireless Router
Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Media Router

The ZyXEL NBG6616 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Media Router uses the latest AC technology to deliver concurrent transfer rates of up to 300Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867Mbps for 5 GHz.

The ZyXEL NBG6616 QoS feature avoids this by prioritizing bandwidth usage to optimize multi-stream HD video, gaming, IP voice services and Web browsing.

Easily set up and manage your home network devices... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (150 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 (201 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 (3 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

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... »

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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