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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:
Apple patches iPhone spyware flaws
2016-08-26 03:21 EST by Daniela

Security company Lookout has recently discovered a trio of vulnerabilities in iPhone, called "Trident." It turns out that NSO Group, an Israel-based company that sells hacking services to governments, was taking advantage of those flaws that allowed them to read texts and emails, track calls, record audio, collect passwords and even track a user's location. Such an attack, which is essentially a... »

France and Germany want Europe to crack down on encryption
2016-08-25 03:24 EST by Daniela

After a series of deadly attacks in France and Germany this summer, the two countries' interior ministers stressed the need for a unified European system for sharing police information. They teamed up on Tuesday to propose an EU law that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations and to fight terrorism. The proposal will be... »

Netgear joins Wi-Fi mesh wave with Orbi system
2016-08-23 15:50 EST by Daniela

Netgear has announced the new Orbi WiFi System, which ensures high-speed WiFi throughout hard-to-reach areas of the home and no more dead zones.The system includes two devices, a router and a satellite, that are pre-paired together for an easy out-of-the-box set-up. The Orbi router should be connected to internet modem or service provider gateway, while the satellite should be placed in a... »

EFF says T-Mobile One violates net neutrality
2016-08-23 02:58 EST by Daniela

Last week, T-Mobile announced its new unlimited data plan, called "One". However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) considers that this plan violates net neutrality rules.One gives customers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data starting at $70 a month, with the ability to add up to an additional seven lines. One of the plan's limitations is that tethering is stuck at 2G speeds and if... »

Google to kill Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux
2016-08-22 03:17 EST by Daniela

Google has announced plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS. Chrome apps include Google Drive, Google Store, Calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheets, and more. Since 2013 they were available also for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Over the next year, Google says new Chrome apps will only be functional on Chrome OS devices, and in late 2017, the... »

TP-Link Archer C5400 Wireless Router
AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Archer C5400 delivers combined Tri-Band Wi-Fi speeds to 5334Mbps, establishing a network that can connect more devices without slowing down.

Smart Connect helps devices run even faster by assigning them to the best available channel to balance network demand.

The Archer C5400 gets a performance boosts of up to 25%, thanks to NitroQAMTM (1024-QAM) and 4-Stream. These advanced technologies... »

Netgear C6300BD Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 AC1900 Data Cable Gateway

The C6300BD DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 gateway that combines a 4-port Gigabit router and a simultaneous dual-band wireless access point into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

The C6300BD offers speeds up to 600+1300 Mbps with Beamforming+ for top WiFi speeds and even more reliable connections.

In addition, four Gigabit Ethernet ports... »

Eminent EM4500 DSL Wireless Router
AC750 Dual Band Gigabit Router

The EM4500 is a Concurrent Dual Band AC750 Router. This means that you can use both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz frequency at the same time.

The Eminent EM4500 Concurrent Dual Band AC Router has many additional features like firewall protection and VPN.

Expand your wireless signal by using the WDS or wireless bridge features. The fast processor with Traffic Control makes sure your Internet... »

Eminent EM4596 Wireless Access Point
AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Repeater and Access Point

The EM4596 increases the wireless network coverage for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. The Crossband technology ensures together with the four 3dBi antennas for the optimum data throughput and network speed: 300+900Mbps.

The EM4596 has a special WiFi signal indicator which helps you to find the best location for the repeater.

The EM4596 can also be used as a wireless bridge for a wired... »

Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless Router
Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router with 1.6 GHz CPU

With an advanced 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB of RAM, the WRT1900ACS delivers improvements in wired, wireless, and network storage performance over its predecessor, the WRT1900AC.

At speeds up to N600 + AC1300 Mbps, the WRT1900ACS meets the needs of the most demanding home Wi-Fi networks. Equipped with a four-antenna configuration, the router provides exceptional signal strength and range.... »

Tenda FH1202 Wireless Router
High Power Wireless AC1200 Dual-band Router

The FH1202 with simultaneous dual band WiFi technology offers speeds up to 300+867Mbps and avoids interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections.

It is equipped with high powered amplifiers, 5x5 dBi external antennas to provide extreme Wi-Fi coverage and penetration.

Next Generation WiFi technology offers six times more power efficiency than conventional wireless N... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (153 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 (218 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 (20 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 (21 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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