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The site focuses on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience. A large section of SG is dedicated to 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:
FCC Will Allow Internet Fast Lane, Sidestepping 'Net Neutrality'
2014.04.24 09:29 EST by Daniela

Breaking with his agency's long-standing position, the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, will propose new rules that would allow broadband network owners to sell a high-speed toll road for content providers. If these rules are approved, companies like Disney, Google or Netflix will be able to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content...

Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer
2014.04.23 09:22 EST by Daniela

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, is looking to debut internet TV service this summer. Sources familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg that Dish has been in Internet-TV talks with Comcast's NBCUniversal, A&E Television Networks, Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting, and CBS. At least two of the four major broadcast...

AT&T to take gigabit broadband to 21 new metro areas
2014.04.22 10:08 EST by Daniela

In an attempt to compete with Google's fiber service, AT&T today said it will expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. Following its initial rollout in Austin and Dallas, Texas, and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, N.C., the company is now eyeing areas in Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago,...

Wireless charger can power 40 mobile phones at once from 15 feet away
2014.04.21 14:15 EST by Daniela

A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently demonstrated a new option for wireless charging: two nine-foot-long boxes packed with coils that can deliver power to up to 15 feet away with a magnetic field. One of the boxes generates a magnetic field, while the other induces the voltage. They call the set up a Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS). The team debuted...

Android trojan app targets Facebook users
2014.04.18 16:20 EST by Daniela

A new threat to the Android platform has been discovered that targets Facebook users who regularly use mobile banking. The iBanking Android malware is a mobile banking Trojan app that disguises itself as a legitimate security app. This latest way of infecting Android phones uses a method known as Webinjects and have long been used by computer Trojans to display rogue Web forms on online banking...

Tech Talk around the Web
So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules - PCWorld
Apple Q2 Cook explains the iPad lag; Office for iPad; ramping up its ... - ZDNet
Google Plus Head Gundotra Exits After 8 Years at Web Giant 1 - Businessweek
Official IFTTT App Comes to Android with New Recipes Baked in - PC Magazine
Tech Titans Fund Open Source Projects to Avoid More Heartbleed - PC Magazine
With Moves App Buy, What's the Future of Facebook? - Wall Street Journal

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Wireless Router
AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU TEW-818DRU creates two wireless networks - an 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and a 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.

High performance wireless amplifiers maximize wireless home coverage and...

Netgear C7000B Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway

Netgear C7000B The Netgear DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Voice and Data Cable Gateway (C7000B), has WiFi speeds up to 1900 (600+1300) Mbps with Beamforming+ and DOCSIS speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Built-in Netgear genie offers end-users complete access and management of their home network, resulting in fewer technical support calls. Netgear Enhanced Support Tools offer easy troubleshooting for cable operators...

Netis WF2471 Wireless Router
N600 Wireless Dual Band Router

Netis WF2471 Equipped with 2 external 5dBi antennas serving 2.4GHz band and 2 external 5dBi antennas serving 5GHz band, Netis WF2471 ensures a wide range across a greater distance.

This device supports AP, WDS, AP+WDS, Client, Repeater modes, providing various wireless solutions.

Besides the wired connection for WAN, the WF2471 also supports Wireless Access to connect the WISP (Wireless Internet Service...

Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D Wireless Router
AirStation N600 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D Buffalo's AirStation™ N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source dual band solution, delivering high performance networking.

It features an 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM and is equipped with two wireless radios and onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

WZR-600DHP2D is powered by the DD-WRT...

Asus RT-N14UHP Wireless Router
High Power Wireless-N300 3-in-1 Router/ AP/ Range Extender

Asus RT-N14UHP The RT-N14UHP provides up to 300% coverage and stronger transmissions for larger homes and offices, delivered by detachable 9dBi high-gain antennas and an enhanced power amplifier.

Software EZ switch provides a quick and easy way to change between router, repeater and AP modes. The ASUS EZ Switch allows users to quickly and easily switch between 3 operation modes with only one touch.


Tenda N301 Wireless Router
Wireless N300 Easy Setup Router

Tenda N301 The N301 Wireless N300 Easy Setup router complies with IEEE802.11n, delivers wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, making it suitable for everyday web activities like email, chat, streaming videos, online gaming and more.

The N301 can also work as a client router to connect ISP network wirelessly or uplink AP to share the Internet to every corner,elimating the dead point.

Compatible with Wi-Fi...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (145 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 (167 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 up...

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 (8 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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