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 forgot password? - Your Guide to Broadband
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:
Facebook and Instagram suffer a global outage
2015-01-27 09:51 EST by Daniela

In the early Tuesday morning, Facebook and its photo-sharing service - Instagram suffered a worldwide outage. Users in the United States and several countries in Asia and Europe were unable to log on to the websites of the services and their corresponding mobile apps. The disruption continued for about 40 minutes and Facebook users were greeted with the message: "Sorry, something went wrong.... »

Cubans build secret network despite Wi-Fi ban
2015-01-26 10:31 EST by Daniela

In an attempt to circumvent the lack of Internet, a group of young Cubans have deployed a hidden network across Havana, linking thousands of computers and allowing them to communicate with friends and do all other things that regular Internet users do.As wireless home networks are banned in Cuba, only few people can afford home Internet access and for those who can't, the government offers... »

Google to sell cellphone plans
2015-01-23 10:06 EST by Daniela

Google is reportedly planning to offer cell phone service as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) through the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile. The search giant intends to buy access to the two companies' networks and then sell mobile plans directly to consumers. The launch of the service will probably be later this year.Pricing or availability of Google's cellular service plans are not clear... »

Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10
2015-01-22 10:33 EST by Daniela

At a media event at its Redmond headquarters, Microsoft has announced the newest version of its operating system - Windows 10. It comes preloaded with new features, such as better recognition between desktop and tablet modes, multiple desktops option, the old start menu and interaction with holograms. "Today really is a monumental day for Windows," said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's... »

The worst passwords of 2014
2015-01-21 09:49 EST by Daniela

Password manager service SplashData has released its annual list of the worst online passwords of 2014. The list consists of 25 passwords ordered by their popularity among users. It is based on 3.3 million leaked passwords in North America and Europe throughout the year.Unsurprisingly, this year "123456" and "password" once again hold the top two spots. Among the other bad passwords are words... »

TRENDnet TEW-823DRU Wireless Router
AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet's AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-823DRU, is a high performance wireless router.

It creates two concurrent wireless networks - a 1300Mbps Wireless AC network and a 450Mbps Wireless N network to connect common wireless devices. Use the USB port and Gigabit Ethernet ports to further expand your network.

Targeted Beamforming provides increased real-time performance by... »

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... »

D-Link DWR-922 VoIP Gateway
Wireless N300 4G LTE VoIP Router with SIM Slot

The 4G LTE Router lets you connect to your 3G/4G mobile connection with fast downlink
speeds of up to 100 Mbps and uplink speeds up to 50 Mbps, giving you the speed you need
for fast, responsive Internet access.

The router's phone port allows you to attach a handset to make high-quality Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, allowing you to stay in touch wherever your router is located.

The... »

Asus RT-AC51U Wireless Router
AC750 Dual Band Wireless Router

ASUS RT-AC51U Dual-band Wireless-AC750 router gives you both fast wireless speed and great value to upgrade your home network to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology today. Experience simultaneous dual-band connectivity and enjoy 300 Mbps speed on the 2.4 GHz frequency and up to 433 Mbps in 5 GHz band.

Delivering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands at up to 300Mbps and 433Mbps, respectively,... »

Tenda DH301 DSL Wireless Router
Wireless N300 ADSL2+ High Power Router

The device complies with IEEE802.11n and is backward compatible with IEEE802.11g/b. It combines the function of high speed ADSL2+ modem, wireless router ,USB storage and printing sharing and 4-port switch. Connect it to the Internet service and provide up to 300Mbps wireless network for sharing high volume files, streaming music, videos, even online gaming among multiple computers.

High... »

Arris Touchstone TG1662 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Telephony Gateway

The Touchstone TG1662 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. The TG1662 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 support both home and small office applications.

Using an advanced dual core processor, the TG1662 can achieve high... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (149 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 (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... »

Windows 8, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (2 comments)

Windows 8 TweaksThe Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences and new problems in tuning TCP/IP. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is still some room for improvement and I 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 administrator account. With earlier Windows versions, we used the... »

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (199 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 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 (9 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... »

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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