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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 to bring free Internet to Africa with satellites
2015-10-06 02:02 EST by Daniela

As part of its initiative to bring Internet access to regions of the world that lack it, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a partnership with French satellite operator Eutelsat Communications. The two companies will try to provide more people in Africa with Internet by creating a system employing satellites, Internet gateways and terminals.The project is expected to launch in the second... »

AT&T accuses FCC for Sprint, T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling favoristism
2015-10-05 02:12 EST by Daniela

AT&T has recently complained to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler about its inability to launch the service "Wi-Fi calling", due to regulation obstacles. The company is accusing competitors of launching the same feature without legitimate approval from the government agency. Wi-Fi calling makes it possible to make and receive phone calls and to send and receive text messages via a Wi-Fi network, instead... »

15 Million T-Mobile customers exposed in Experian hack
2015-10-02 05:18 EST by Daniela

Experian Plc, the world's biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, has admitted a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal information of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc. T-Mobile uses Experian's services to check the credit of its customers.Anyone who applied for T-Mobile wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 might be affected.... »

Linux-powered botnet launches a 150Gbps DDoS attack
2015-10-01 15:51 EST by Daniela

A new Trojan malware, called XOR DDoS has been spotted in the wild. It was first discovered in September 2014, but now researchers at Akamai Technologies are warning that this Trojan can create a Linux botnet, capable of strikingdistributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks at more than 150 Gbps, which is many times over what the typical infrastructure of companies would be able to... »

Google unveils new Nexus phones, Chromecasts and a tablet
2015-09-30 07:07 EST by Daniela

At a special event in San Francisco Google has announced a variety of devices, among which two Nexus phones, two new streaming devices and a tablet. The next generation smartphones - the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X - are the first smartphones that feature Android's "Marshmallow" OS. Both of the devices come with new fingerprint sensor, located on the back side of the phone underneath the camera.... »

D-Link DAP-1620 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The DAP-1620 AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender is a portable plug-in repeater that lets you extend an existing wireless network. You can place it anywhere in your home to increase the range of your wireless network.

Set up is simple. There is no need for a computer as you can use the supported QRS Mobile app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or Android mobile device to set up the DAP-1620 easily.... »

Netgear R7500 Wireless Router
Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router

Introducing Quad-Stream X4 Architecture, the router delivers the single fastest WiFi connection available, up to 1.73Gbps, with a combined speed of 2.33Gbps. Simultaneous Dual Band reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices.

Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Based on an advanced application and device aware prioritization technology, Dynamic QoS... »

Linksys EA8500 Wireless Router
AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Featuring the latest in Wireless-AC, the AC2600 Dual Band 4x4 MU-MIMO Router (EA8500) delivers four data streams - instead of the traditional two or three--to all your devices for a seamless entertainment experience.

The AC2600 is equipped with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and features MU-MIMO technology, so it can handle heavy-bandwidth activities and heavy network traffic at a combined speed of... »

Edimax EW-7208APC Wireless Access Point
AC750 Multi-Function Dual-Band Access Point / Range Extender

The Edimax EW-7208APC supports IEEE 802.11ac wireless standard, meaning higher data rates in the 5GHz band. With 300Mbps speeds in the 2.4GHz band and 433Mbps speeds in 5GHz, the EW-7208APC is ideal for HD video streaming and large file transfers.

Employing three external detachable antennas, the EW-7208APC provides 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band signal strength and enhances Wi-Fi range, providing... »

D-Link DIR-890L Wireless Router
Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Router

The D-Link DIR-890L Wireless AC3200 Tri Band Gigabit Cloud Router creates a fast
home network that connects all of your computers and mobile devices to your broadband
Internet connection.

Using the latest Wireless AC technology, which can provide transfer rates of up to 3.2Gbps (1300AC + 1300AC + 600N), the DIR-890L operates on both the 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz wireless bands at the same time... »

ZTE Z915 Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE HotSpot

Stay connected whenever you're on the go with the T-Mobile 4G LTE HotSpot Z915. Quickly and easily connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to T-Mobile's LTE Network and get high-speed Internet virtually anywhere. Z915 supports T-Mobile's new Band 12.

The device features a built-in battery with capacity of 2800 mAh. Standby time is up to 7 Days. The 2" OLED display allows user to get... »

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 (206 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 (12 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 (14 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... »

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