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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:
Firefox to start blocking Flash content in August
2016-07-22 03:17 EST by Daniela

Mozilla Firefox will block some Flash content that it deems "not essential to the user experience," starting next month. This move is part of campaign by Mozilla to get rid of the plugin completely by 2017.In 2017, Firefox will make all Flash content click-to-play by default. This means that no Flash content will automatically start playing when you load a tab, including video and games. Users... »

Facebook develops laser-based high-speed Internet
2016-07-21 03:17 EST by Daniela

Researchers at Facebook's Connectivity Lab have found a new way of detecting optical communication signals travelling through the air, by using lasers. Called free-space optical communication or light-based wireless communication, this technology may be an effective way to bring the Internet to locations where optical fibres and cell towers are too expensive to deploy."A large fraction of people... »

Next phase of FCC 600MHz auction starts August 16
2016-07-19 17:17 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently announced that its ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction has completed its first part. The so called Incentive Auction was launched on Mar 29, 2016 and so far has received as many as 62 applications.All the 62 bidders have made their upfront payments. Among them are Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Dish Network and Comcast. The first... »

SoftBank to Buy ARM Holdings for $32 Billion
2016-07-19 03:01 EST by Daniela

SoftBank Group Corp. will acquire chipmaker ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion). ARM is known for its chip designs for mobile handsets. The Cambridge-based company designs microchips and then licenses out the designs to companies like Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm, which then modify them and place them into computing devices. ARM also develops processors that power hardware in... »

White House invests $400 million in 5G wireless research
2016-07-18 03:11 EST by Daniela

The president Obama on Friday announced that the government will spend $400 million in research program aimed at building 5G wireless networks across the country. The project, called Advanced Wireless Research Initiative will start in fiscal year 2017, which starts Oct. 1 and will continue in the next seven years.Led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the reasearch will involve... »

Repotec RP-WR5822 Wireless Router
802.11ac Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router

The RP-WR5822 is a high speed dual band Wi-Fi Router. It complies with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards. The router provides speed up to 866Mbps in the 5GHz frequency band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time.

The RP-WR5822 supports WMM (QoS) to improve the efficiency of multimedia applications.

The RP-WR5822 supports up-to-date encryptions, such as WPA and WPA2. With... »

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... »

Netgear R8500 Wireless Router
AC5300 Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router

The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router with Tri-Band WiFi technology delivers a combined wireless speed of up to 5.3Gbps (1000 + 2166 + 2166 Mbps).

X8 uses Smart Connect to optimize WiFi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest WiFi band possible and doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed.

The router uses load balancing to distribute WiFi... »

Netgear R7800 Wireless Router
AC2600 Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Router

Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds.

Four high-performance external antennas deliver maximum range. Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application and device. 1.7GHz dual-core processor boosts performance for gaming and streaming.

Using Multi-User MIMO technology,... »

Arris SBG6900-AC Cable Gateway
SURFboard AC1900 Wi-Fi Cable Router

The SURFboard SBG6900-AC Wireless Cable Modem & Router is an all-in-one wireless DOCSIS 3.0 cable router. It provides high-speed Internet access for your computer and other wireless network devices on your home or small business network.

The SBG6900-AC also includes a Wi-Fi Pairing option for quick and easy wireless connections for your WPS-enabled (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) wireless... »

Asus 4G-AC55U Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
Wireless-AC1200 LTE Router

Simply pop in a 4G LTE SIM card, and the built-in modem connects wirelessly to the internet via super-fast mobile broadband. You can enjoy up to 150 Mbps downloads and 50 Mbps uploads.

In addition to its 4G LTE capability, 4G-AC55U has a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet WAN port that can be used as a backup wired internet connection that is activated when the 4G LTE connection fails (failover), and... »

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 (216 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 (17 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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