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 forgot your 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:
First devices to appear in 2015
2014-10-22 16:15 EST by Daniela

The development of the latest DSL standard is now a step ahead after the Broadband World Forum announced yesterday that it has selected the University of New Hampshire InterOperablity Laboratory (UNH-IOL) to test and certify products designed for deployment. The lab has more than 25 years' experience and major testing is expected to support up to 1Gbps speeds for...

32 cities fight for control of their broadband
2014-10-21 10:20 EST by Daniela

A recently formed consortium of 32 cities, called Next Century Cities, has been created with the mission to ensure the availability of 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband anywhere in the United States. The main goal of the organisation is to assist communities in developing and deploying next-generation broadband Internet, while sharing information between each other about what works and what does...

Senator Asks Comcast To Reject Fast Lanes
2014-10-20 16:25 EST by Daniela

In a letter to Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked for greater assurances that the company will preserve net neutrality after 2018 and won't create Internet 'fast lanes'. So far, Comcast has been following network neutrality rules as a condition for its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal. Then the company agreed to support net neutrality until September 2018."I ask...

New Apple SIM lets you choose any "partner" carrier
2014-10-17 10:03 EST by Daniela

Apple has announced that it will provide the cellular versions of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with a new "Apple SIM" card instead of one from a specific mobile operator. At first this option will be limited to some carriers in the US and in the UK.According to Apple, the new SIM will let users choose from a variety of short-term plans from participating carriers in the U.S. and UK right on...

Linksys Launches New Wireless AC routers
2014-10-16 16:47 EST by Daniela

Linksys today announced two new routers that will help provide faster wireless networking speeds for families with multiple internet users as well as single users that use the internet for high bandwidth applications such as gaming or video streaming.  The two new wireless AC routers, the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) router and the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi...

Tech Talk around the Web
Hands on with Inbox, Google's new way to experience Gmail - Computerworld
I thought the iPhone 6 was too big; I was wrong - Computerworld
Unboxing Apple's new iPad Air 2, with Smart Case & Smart Cover - Apple Insider
Google, Qualcomm pitch in on 542m Magic Leap funding - ZDNet
Beyond tweets Twitter weaves new approach to mobile apps - CNET
Feds expand air bag warning to 7.8 million vehicles - San Jose Mercury News

Planet WDRT-750AC Wireless Router
750Mbps 802.11ac Wireless Broadband Router

Planet WDRT-750AC PLANET WDRT-750AC Wireless Broadband Router supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standard and dual band technology, meaning it can provide the wireless speed up to 433Mbps in the 5GHz frequency band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time.

Since there are more and more wireless applications and electric devices using the radio frequency of 2.4GHz, the wireless channel of 2.4GHz has...

Netgear JWNR2010 Wireless Router
300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Router

Netgear JWNR2010 Designed to deliver the performance needed for applications such as HD streaming, online gaming, and fast downloading, the N300 Wireless Router offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps, external 5dBi antennas for improved WiFi coverage, and Live Parental Controls for safer web surfing on connected devices.

Secure WiFi connections offer the highest level of WPA/WPA2 security. And free parental controls...

Netgear AirCard 778S Mobile Hotspot
NETGEAR Mingle Mobile Hotspot

Netgear AirCard 778S This versatile 4G LTE mobile hotspot is equipped with a battery that lasts up to 12.5 hours.

LCD display shows all the need-to-know information about your device such as battery life, network connectivity and data usage.

The hotspot allows you to connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices. With no software to install, setup in less than a minute. Just power up and you are ready to...

Ubee DVW326 VoIP Gateway
VoIP Wireless Cable Gateway

Ubee DVW326 The DVW326 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DVW326 provides 8 SSIDs that offer flexibility for the customer's network. MSOs can reserve SSIDs for hotspots, guest access, and other applications.

4 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces provide high speed LAN capability. IPv4 and IPv6 support...

Buffalo WHR-300HP2D Wireless Router
AirStation N300 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WHR-300HP2D AirStation™ N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source wireless solution, delivering high speed 11n networking.

It features an 600 MHz processor and is equipped with onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

AirStation N300 DD-WRT is powered by the DD-WRT open-source firmware, equipped with robust and high performance...

Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD Wireless Router
AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD Buffalo's AirStation AC 1750 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source dual band solution, delivering the latest in Wi-Fi technology.

It features an 800 MHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and is equipped with two wireless radios and onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

WZR-1750DHPD is powered...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (146 comments)

Windows 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...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (191 comments)

I'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 (18 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 (7 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...

The TCP Window, Latency, and the Bandwidth Delay product
by Philip (9 comments)

This article is intended as a primer on some TCP/IP networking concepts and factors that determine an optimal TCP Receive Window.   The TCP Window  The TCP Window is the amount of outstanding data (unacknowledged by the recepient) that can remain in the network. After sending that amount of data, the sender stops and waits for acknowledgement back from the receiver that it has gotten some of it. As such, this value is probably the single most important...


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)

Introduction 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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