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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:
Facebook and Microsoft team on transatlantic high-speed data cable
2016-05-27 03:12 EST by Daniela

Microsoft and Facebook plan to lay 6,600 kilometers (4,100 miles) of high-speed cable across the Atlantic, from Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain. This will be the highest capacity data link between the US and Europe.The project, called "Marea" (meaning "tide" in Spanish), is expected to begin in August 2016 and to finish in October 2017. The project will be managed by Spanish telecommunications... »

German researchers achieve world record in wireless transmission
2016-05-26 15:24 EST by Daniela

German researchers have set a new world record achieving wireless transmission speed of 6GB/s over a distance of 37km. This is 10 times faster than any data transmission method.For the experiment, the scientists used the Band E millimetre wave frequency of 71-76GHz which is regulated for terrestrial and satellite broadcasting. This is the only frequency range capable of reaching such a... »

Microsoft ends Nokia chapter
2016-05-25 17:39 EST by Daniela

It's official - Microsoft has lost the mobile battle. The giant is shuttering the last major pieces of its Nokia business. Last week, the remaining feature phone portion of the business was sold off to Foxconn Group subsidiary, FIH Mobile, for $350 million. 1,850 jobs will be cut as well."We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security,... »

Americans' data usage more than doubled in 2015
2016-05-24 03:12 EST by Daniela

According to recent report from the CTIA, Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This means 18 million MB in every minute. The figures also show that smartphones are the most popular wireless devices in the U.S. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone, which makes more than 228 million smartphones. This is an increase with... »

Google to launch its Project Ara phone in 2017
2016-05-23 03:09 EST by Daniela

Google's rumoured modular phone, known as Project Ara, is expected to be avaialable to consumers next year. Actually, developers will get a chance to play around with it this year - Google will start shipping the developer version of the device this fall.Those who want to participate in the development will have to go to ATAP's dedicated Ara website and fill out the form indicating what type of... »

Arris SB6183 Cable Modem
SURFboard Cable Modem

The SB6183 provides DOCSIS 3.0 Channel Bonding of up to sixteen downstream and four upstream channels capable of data rates of over 600 Mbps downstream and over 100 Mbps upstream 1 GHz-capable tuner.

The modem offers RF Immunity, which protects against potential service impacting interference.

It also includes MoCA reject filter ensuring carefree interoperation of MoCA and DOCSIS networks.... »

TP-Link Archer VR600 DSL Wireless Router
AC1600 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Router

The Archer VR600 provides combined dual band Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1.6Gbps, including 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, eliminating lag and buffering from your online experience.

The latest VDSL2 technology allows the Archer VR600 to deliver VDSL broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is almost five times faster than ADSL2+. The Archer VR600 serves as a DSL modem and... »

TP-Link Archer C2600 Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The Archer C2600 uses 4-Stream technology to boost its Wi-Fi capability, allowing its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to reach industry-leading max speeds of 800Mbps and 1733Mbps respectively. With 2.53Gbps combined Wi-Fi speed, the router gives your home optimal wireless performance.

An elegant, minimal design allows the Archer C2600 to blend well with any room decor. Its LEDs can be switched off to... »

MikroTik RB941-2nD-TC Wireless Access Point
hAP lite 802.11n Wireless Access Point

The home Access Point lite (hAP lite) is intended for your apartment, house or office.

It supports button triggered WPS, for the convenience of not typing a complicated password when somebody wants to have wireless internet access, and can also be told to change to cAP mode and join a CAPsMAN centrally managed network by the push of a button.

The device runs RouterOS with all the features,... »

D-Link DIR-612 Wireless Router
N300 Wireless Fast Ethernet Router

The DIR-612 Wireless N 300 Router is a high-performance router that makes it easy to share your broadband Internet connection with all your devices.

The DIR-612 supports wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The external antennas increase wireless network coverage to avoid "dead spots" and get a reliable connection in more places throughout your home. The DIR-612 also has Repeater mode, which... »

D-Link DWR-910 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
N300 4G LTE USB Router

The DWR-910 4G LTE USB Router gives you fast access to the Internet wherever you are and lets you share it on-the-go. Using 4G LTE technology, you can achieve download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

Two external MIMO antennas give you a more reliable connection with faster speeds.

The 4G LTE USB Router lets you share your fast mobile connection over Wi-Fi from... »

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 (215 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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