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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:
FTC sues AT&T over unlimited data throttling
2014-10-30 09:28 EST by Daniela

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) intends to sue AT&T Mobility. The Commission accuses the carrier of misleading practices for charging millions of its smartphone customers for "unlimited" data plans while reducing their data speeds, sometimes by nearly 90 percent.Allegedly, AT&T hasn't clearly informed its unlimited data plan customers that speeds would be throttled, or slowed, if...

FCC considers rules to redefine Internet TV
2014-10-29 09:42 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday formally proposed to his coleagues from the commission to consider new "technology-neutral" rules to update the agency's definition for a pay TV service or a "multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD)." The new rules should guarantee that Internet video providers have the same access to the ABCs, AMCs and HBOs channels as cable and satellite TV...

Verizon Wireless tracks users with unique identifier
2014-10-28 11:07 EST by Daniela

If you are among Verizon's 123 million subscribers, you might want to know that for the past two years the company has been tracking you by using Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. This is a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters  that is injected into your Web requests. The company uses the tokens to improve the process of targeted advertising. Advertising agencies can request...

Samsung cuts down LED lighting business
2014-10-27 10:54 EST by Daniela

Samsung will cut down its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business across the globe, and will only develop this part of its business in South Korea in the future. The reason for the decision is that the revenue contribution from the business is smaller than expected and price competition is higher than ever.Previously Samsung considered the areas of LED, rechargeable cells for hybrid electric...

Cisco patches three-year-old security bug
2014-10-24 09:57 EST by Daniela

Networking manufacturer Cisco has recently patched a 3-year-old security hole in Telnet that affects a number of its security appliances. The bug (CVE-2011-4862) was initially discovered in 2011 but security researcher Glafkos Charalambous has recently found it in the AsyncOS software in the following appliances: Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management...

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Ferrari cuts loose - is this the beginning of the end? - Sydney Morning Herald
Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Leaves Google After Nearly a Decade - DailyTech
Stratasys sees robust 3D-printing market as HP reveals plans - Reuters
Zuckerberg looks to connect with regular folk in his first 'community Q&A' - Computerworld

Ubee DDW365 Cable Gateway
Wireless Cable Modem Gateway

Ubee DDW365 The DDW365 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (8X4 Channel bonding with up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DDW365 delivers the latest security authentication and encryption standards to prevent unauthorized access to the wireless network. These include WPA/WPA2, WPS, and SPI Firewall.

The DDW365 provides 8 SSIDs that offer...

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

D-Link DWR-922 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.


Belkin F9K1115 Wireless Router
AC1750 Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

Belkin F9K1115 The dual band router offers media (5 GHz) and standard (2.4 GHz) bands so you can stream movies or enjoy online games without interruption - even if your family members or roommates are accessing the Internet in the other room on their WiFi devices.

The AC1750 operates up to 4.3x faster than wireless-N technology at up to 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 1.3 Gbps (5 GHz).

The AC1750 DB router Wi-Fi...

D-Link DWR-111 Wireless Router
Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router

D-Link DWR-111 The Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router lets you connect to your 3G mobile connection with speeds of
up to 150 Mbps, giving you the speed you need for fast, responsive Internet access.

The DWR-111 utilizes dual-active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks across the Internet. WPA/WPA2 wireless encryption keeps your wireless network secure and your traffic safe, allowing you to securely...

Linksys LAPAC1750 Wireless Access Point
AC1750 Dual Band Access Point

Linksys LAPAC1750 The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point supports the latest 802.11ac
technology, a three time performance increase from 802.11n. Enhancements such as wider
80 MHz channels provide greater data bandwidth while operating in the less-crowded 5
GHz band space.

The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point can be deployed as a typical
access point, or set up as a...

TP-Link RE200 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 WiFi Range Extender

TP-Link RE200 RE200 expands your existing WiFi coverage with next generation 11AC WiFi technology.
Create faster access for 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac WiFi devices. RE200 delivers fast speeds of dual band WiFi up to 750Mbps and provides reliable connections for laptops, smartphones, tablets and other wireless-enabled devices.

Press the WPS button on your router and the Range Extender button on your RE200...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (147 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 (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...

Wireless Network Speed Tweaks
by Philip

Wireless networking has become mainstream technology not only for sharing internet access, but also for printing, gaming, audio/video streaming, and connected appliances/devices throughout many residences. The most widely used 2.4GHz spectrum has become increasingly congested from neighboring networks, cordless phones, and other connected devices. Network applications and media streaming are becoming increasingly bandwidth intensive. All this makes it necessary to be aware of the advantages of...

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 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)

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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