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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:
This phone will self destruct in five seconds
2014-12-22 09:54 EST by Daniela

BlackBerry has announced that it had teamed up with plane manufacturer Boeing on an Android-based smartphone that will self-destruct when tampered with."We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilising our BES 12 platform," said BlackBerry chief executive John Chen in a conference call. "That, by the way, is...

Bots account for over half of internet traffic
2014-12-19 10:09 EST by Daniela

A recent research by the security company Incapsula has shown that over half of all the traffic on the internet is created by non-human bots. They count for about 56 per cent of total web traffic. Most of these bots are 'good' bots, including 'crawlers' that index web pages for search engines, social networking platforms, RSS feeds and translation services. Actually, the 'good' bots are...

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack
2014-12-18 09:57 EST by Daniela

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was a victim of a "spear phishing" attack in November. By sending fake emails to ICANN's staff members, attackers were able to get their usernames and passwords. The emails appeared to come from Employees were tricked to click on a link in the messages and to log in with their work credentials.Having those...

Sony unveils Google Glass rival
2014-12-17 09:57 EST by Daniela

Sony has unveiled a prototype head-mounted display that can easily attach to any sort of eyewear and provides users with visual information directly in front of their eye. Called "SmartEyeGlass Attach", the device can be a potential rival of Google Glass. It is expected to be formally unveiled at CES next month.Unlike Google Glass, this Single-Lens Display Module doesn't have a camera, which may...

FCC plans to fine Sprint $105 million for overcharging customers
2014-12-16 16:24 EST by Daniela

The FCC reportedly intends to fine Sprint $105 million for overcharging its customers. The proposal for the penalty came from the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. It hasn't been finalized or voted on yet.The so-called data cramming has become very popular recently. It refers to the practice of billing customers for third-party services that they hadn't asked for and didn't...

Tech Talk around the Web
North Korea experiencing widespread Internet outages - Fox News
New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts - SlashGear
Boeing taps BlackBerry to build a secure, self-destructing smartphone - TechSpot
Techbytes Amazon Will Not Give Up on the Fire Phone - ABC News
Nerdy? Google unveils new self-driving car prototype - USA TODAY
BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers -

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.


Asus RT-AC87U Wireless Router
Wireless AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC87U RT-AC87U delivers wireless speeds of up to 1734Mbit/s at 5GHz even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers plus class-leading concurrent 600Mbit/s speeds at 2.4GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334Mbit/s.

With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this router gives you true 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that delivers top performance for...

Ubee DDW366 Cable Gateway
Dual-Band Concurrent Wireless Cable Gateway

Ubee DDW366 The DDW366 delivers increased bandwidth for subscribers' multimedia and high-bandwidth applications (up to 343Mbps downstream, 122Mbps upstream).

The DDW366 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 DDW366 provides 8 SSIDs that offer considerable...

Netis WF2322 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N High Power Outdoor AP Router

Netis WF2322 The Netis 300Mbps Wireless N High Power Outdoor AP Router WF2322 provides long range, high performance wireless Internet access over long distance.

The maximum 1000mW transmit power enables you long range connectivity. Also, with 15kV ESD protection and IP55 Waterproof for case, WF2322 is suitable for harsh environment, providing users a stable and smooth networks connection.


Amped Wireless RTA1750 Wireless Router
High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Router

Amped Wireless RTA1750 Add long range Wi-Fi access to your home or office with the RTA1750. High Power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers and three high gain antennas provide unmatched Wi-Fi power and coverage. Providing maximum range, it easily penetrates walls and eliminates Wi-Fi dead spots.

With a total of 12 advanced amplifiers and 3 high gain antennas, it delivers up to an industry-leading 800mW of output power....

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 (148 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...

Windows 8, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip

The Windows 8 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are some subtle differences and new problems in tuning TCP/IP. Windows 8 generally works well by default for many broadband connections, yet there is still some room for improvement and I 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 administrator account. With earlier Windows versions, we used the...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (197 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...

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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