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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:
Comcast boosts monthly data cap to 1TB
2016-04-28 17:06 EST by Daniela

Comcast has good news for its customers. Starting from June 1, the company will increase its data cap more than three times, reaching 1TB. Customers in Florida, Georgia, Maine and Virginia will be able to take advatnage ot the new cap.This is a huge increase, pushing the limit up from the current 300GB limit. The company claims that the new cap shouldn't be a problem. "Today, more than 99 percent... »

Regulators approve Charter-Time Warner Cable merger
2016-04-27 01:35 EST by Daniela

U.S. regulators have officially approved Charter-Time Warner Cable merger. Charter Communications will buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for $65.5 billion and the combined company will be the second-largest broadband provider in the United States (following Comcast).After the merger, the company will have to abide by several conditions that the FCC and the Department of Justice have... »

AT&T launches internet service for low-income families
2016-04-26 02:56 EST by Daniela

AT&T has announced that it will offer affordable internet plans for low-income households. The program is part of an agreement AT&T made with the FCC as a part of the merger with DirectTV. The program will be available until 2020.Elegible families are those, in which at least one person receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the US Department of Agriculture. And... »

Scientists create battery that doesn't need to be replaced
2016-04-25 03:13 EST by Daniela

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine have accidentally discovered a way to boost battery longevity by up to 400 times.In an attempt to find an alternative to lithium used in batteries, the researchers replaced it with nanowire-based gold material coated with electrolyte gel. They found out that by housing battery components in a gel shell they can be recharged (or cycled)... »

Comcast's upcoming app to eliminate the need for set-top boxes
2016-04-22 03:03 EST by Daniela

Comcast has announced that they plan to launch a new app later this year, enabling customers to watch TV without using a set-top box. The Xfinity app will run on Roku devices and Samsung smart TVs. It will allow users to record their favorite shows, get on-demand video and watch live TV. In short, the new app will do the job that a cable box does, except that there will be no need to use a cable... »

Ubee DVW32CB VoIP Gateway
AC1750 Wireless cable VoIP Gateway

The DVW32CB Advanced Wireless Voice Gateway blends high-speed LAN capabilities with the convenience of wireless networking, and analog telephony in one device.

The DVW32CB delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications. 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels provide speeds of up to 686 Mbps downstream and 122 Mbps upstream.

The DVW32CB offers two... »

Amped Wireless RE1750A Wireless Range Extender
High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender

Expand the range of your existing home or office single or dual band wireless router by repeating the existing Wi-Fi signal. Six 2.4/5GHz amplifiers, six low noise amplifiers, and three high gain dual band antennas provide up to 12,000 sq ft of Wi-Fi coverage.

AC1750 Wi-Fi speeds provide up to 450Mbps 2.4GHz connections and up to 1300Mbps 5GHz connections, simultaneously.

The extender... »

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... »

Airlive / Ovislink AC-1200R Wireless Router
1200Mbps 802.11AC AP Router

The AC-1200R's dual radio system is designed for digital home applications. The 5GHz network is less vulnerable to interference; therefore, it is suitable for video streaming and game networks. The 2.4GHz radio provides a separate network for computers, tablet PC, and smart phones. Hi-Power radios and MIMO antennas enable the AC-1200R to provide wider coverage and faster speeds at further... »

TP-Link RE355 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK AC1200 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 RE355 comes with next generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, it's 3 times faster than the standard 802.11n speeds. The... »

TP-Link Archer C1900 Wireless Router
AC1900 High Power Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The Archer C1900 AC1900 High Power Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router integrates 4-port
Switch, Firewall, NAT-router and Wireless AP.

Powered by 3x3 MIMO technology, the AC1900 delivers wireless transmission speeds of up to 1900Mbps (600Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps on 5GHz).

1GHz Dual-core processor ensures no interruption while processing multiple wired or wireless tasks... »

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 (213 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 (16 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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