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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:
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...

60 cents per gigabyte Internet tax proposed in Hungary
2014-10-23 09:48 EST by Daniela

Hungary is reportedly planning to impose a new tax on internet traffic from the beginning of 2015. Two days ago, the government submitted the tax bill for 2015 to the Parliament. It has to decide whether to approve the new tax or not. If the bill passes, it is expected the tax to generate annual revenue of 20 billion forints (€65m) which is 150 forints for every gigabyte of traffic...

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...

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Asus DSL-N12U C1 DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ Wireless Router

Asus DSL-N12U C1 Precision high-gain 5dBi antennas provide extended range to cover large homes and offices, as well as in multi-floor installations. With more transmit power than basic routers it can easily overcome obstacles like walls, floors, and furniture, delivering extra-fast Wi-Fi everywhere. The detachable antenna design allows the use of external antennas if needed.

The built-in USB 2.0 port allows...

Asus RT-N12_VP Wireless Router
3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender for Large Environment

Asus RT-N12_VP ASUS RT-N12_VP is a 300Mbps Wireless N Router with both wired and wireless network connections designed specifically for small business and home office networking.

Enhanced signal strength and wider coverage for larger homes and offices are driven by external 5dBi high gain antennas. The design is also suitable for multi-floor locations with devices located on different levels.


Phicomm FIR300B Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N Router

Phicomm FIR300B FIR300B of PHICOMM is a 300Mbps wireless router specially designed for home users and provides a stable signal, high speed, wide coverage, conforming with the requirements of users to share high-speed Internet access.

Taking a variety of effective measures to reduce energy consumption and radiation the router reduces emissions to provide a green and healthy environment.

Two 5 dBi smart...

TRENDnet TEW-815DAP Wireless Access Point
AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point

TRENDnet TEW-815DAP TRENDnet's high performance AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Access Point, model TEW-815DAP, supports Access Point (AP), Client, Repeater, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) Bridge, and WDS + AP modes.

The TEW-815DAP generates concurrent 1.3 Gbps Wireless AC and 450 Mbps Wireless N networks. Embedded GREENnet technology reduces power consumption by up to 50%.

Securely connect to the access point...

TP-Link Archer C20i Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Router

TP-Link Archer C20i TP-LINK's Archer C20i comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11ac, backward compatible with 802.11n and 3 times faster than wireless N speeds. With 433Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer C20i offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance.

With 3 antennas combined with higher...

Netgear JR6150 Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Router

Netgear JR6150 The dual band AC750 WiFi Router was designed for the next generation of multi-device, media-hungry homes.

Equipped with simultaneous dual bands to minimize interference and external antennas to maximize coverage, the AC750 also unleashes the kind of speed—Gigabit wired and AC750 wireless— that today's HD videos, online games, and multiple connected devices need to look, play, and perform...


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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