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SpeedGuide.net - Broadband Tweaks, Tools, Info, News & more
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:
Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials
2014-08-29 08:55 EST by Daniela

Google is working on a delivery system called Project Wing that will use what it's calling "self-flying" drones to bring goods to people.In a recent research trip in Australia, the company delivered packages including chocolate bars, dog treats and cattle vaccines to two farmers in Queensland. The deliveries were made by a 1.5m-wide (5ft) single-wing drone prototype that has four propellers that...

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U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung
2014-08-28 09:02 EST by Daniela

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from Apple Inc. to bar Samsung Electronics Co. from selling smartphones and tablets in the U.S. that infringe on Apple patents. The ruling comes as post-trial proceedings continue after a jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages in May. Apple was also found guilty of infringing upon a single Samsung patent, for which the jury assigned a $158,000...

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Time Warner Cable online after widespread outage
2014-08-27 08:34 EST by Philip

Time Warner Cable dealt with a major Internet outage early Wednesday.Starting at 3 a.m. today, routine network maintenance escalated into a major issue with the Time Warner Internet backbone and caused disruption with the company's Internet and On Demand services. The outage affected the entirety of Time Warner Cable's network, affecting 11.4 million high-speed Internet...

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65 Groups Urge the FCC to Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
2014-08-26 10:20 EST by Daniela

Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest. In a letter to the FCC, the groups warned that the merger...

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Intel reveals world's smallest 3G modem for the Internet of Things
2014-08-26 07:55 EST by Daniela

Intel announced a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it is the smallest such chip. Intel targets the XMM 6255 at Internet of Things uses in areas such as healthcare monitors and advertising. The modem supports downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbits/second.Intel's IoT modem solution includes the modem, an integrated power amplifier and a...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
How to Be a Highly Competitive Mobile Developer - Mashable
The iPhone 6 here's what to expect - SlashGear
Goodbye, MSN Messenger - Financial Express
Apple plans to turn iPhones into mobile wallets - Boston Globe
Apple's screen size barrage with iPhone 6, iPad caters to enterprise - ZDNet
China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe - Reuters

TP-Link TL-WA854RE Wireless Range Extender
300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender

TP-Link TL-WA854RE The TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender is dedicated to Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) wireless network solutions.

Using IEEE 802.11n wireless technology, this device can transmit wireless data at the rate of up to 300Mbps. With multiple protection measures, including Wi-Fi protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), the TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender delivers...

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Asus RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender
Wireless-AC750 Range Extender

Asus RP-AC52 PR-AC52 has two convenient modes to make it even more flexible. As well as a range extender, it can also work as a wireless access point (AP). In AP mode it can be connected to any wired LAN — to create a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing the internet connection to be accessed from laptops, phones or other Wi-Fi devices.

You can connect speakers to the RP-AC52 wireless range extender and stream...

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Linksys RE6500 Wireless Range Extender
Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Linksys RE6500 Thanks to high-speed wireless-AC technology, the RE6500 creates Wi-Fi speeds that are up to three times faster than wireless-N. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever.

The RE6500 features simultaneous dual bands, which means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. It extends...

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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.

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D-Link DCH-M225 Wireless Range Extender
Wi-Fi Audio Extender

D-Link DCH-M225 The DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender is a portable plug-in repeater that lets you extend an existing wireless network. It also has the ability to stream your music library to anywhere within your extended wireless network. It supports Wireless N speeds of up to 300Mbps in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

With support for both DLNA and AirPlay, simply plug in your speakers and you'll...

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Netgear JWNR2010 Wireless Router
300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Router

Netgear JWNR2010 Designed to deliver the performance needed for applications such as HD streaming, online gaming, and fast downloading, the N300 Wireless Router offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps, external 5dBi antennas for improved WiFi coverage, and Live Parental Controls for safer web surfing on connected devices.

Secure WiFi connections offer the highest level of WPA/WPA2 security. And free parental controls...

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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...

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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...

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How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (184 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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