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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:
Google reveals Google Panda and Pac-Man on April 1st
2015-04-01 10:04 EST by Daniela

It's the 1st of April again and Google celebrates the day with the usual portion of pranks. This year, the company transformed its Google Maps to be a playground for the classic arcade game Pac-Man. Yes, that's true, now you can play in any street in the world thanks to a recent update to Google Maps.If you want to begin playing in your desktop browser, all you need to do is to navigate to... »

IBM to invest $3 billion in Internet of Things
2015-03-31 10:41 EST by Daniela

IBM has announced that it plans to establish a new business unit dedicated to providing IoT systems and services to enterprises. The company will invest US$3 billion for the initiative for a period of four years.The heart of the new business unit is a collection of online software called IoT Foundation that runs on IBM's existing cloud services and allows customers and partners to create new... »

GitHub hit by DDoS attack
2015-03-30 09:51 EST by Daniela

The world's largest code repository, GitHub, was hit by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that sent huge amounts of Web traffic to the site. The attacks, considered the largest in the site's history,┬ástarted on Thursday morning (March 26) and caused the service to appear unavailable to many users since then. Reportedly, the attacks have originated in China and have been targeted... »

Facebook solar drone completed its first test flight
2015-03-27 10:32 EST by Daniela

On the second day of its F8 conference in Fort Mason, San Francisco, Facebook announced that earlier this month the company successfully tested a smaller version of the drone, with which it plans to bring web connectivity to the 4 billion people worldwide without Internet. Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its solar-powered internet drone this summer. The drone's name is Aquila, named... »

Cyanogen raises money for Google-Free Android
2015-03-26 10:41 EST by Daniela

The startup Cyanogen wants to "put a bullet through Google's head" by making its own version of Android OS. Now it has the cash to take this serious step. Cyanogen has succeeded to raise over $80 million for the┬ácause. Among the sponsors are Twitter, Qualcomm, carrier Telefonica and media titan Rupert Murdoch. With the money, the company intends to hire talent and drive the development of its... »

Linksys RE6700 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wireless Range Extender

With the AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700), you can easily expand the range of your existing wireless router. Simply plug the device into a standard wall outlet where you need stronger Internet connectivity - say, an upstairs bedroom or office or another remote area of your home. The RE6700 repeats the signal from the router and redistributes it to reduce wireless dead spots.

Featuring... »

Buffalo WXR-1900DHP Wireless Router
AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Buffalo's AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router offers high speed dual band wireless connectivity, delivering the latest in Wi-Fi technology.

Priority Control QoS gives users a top entertainment experience by automatically prioritizing multimedia and gaming traffic, such as Netflix, YouTube and Xbox LIVE, for uninterrupted streaming and lag-free gaming.

Offering... »

Netgear R7500 Wireless Router
Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router

Introducing Quad-Stream X4 Architecture, the router delivers the single fastest WiFi connection available, up to 1.73Gbps, with a combined speed of 2.33Gbps. Simultaneous Dual Band reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices.

Reduce buffering and lag while gaming or streaming. Based on an advanced application and device aware prioritization technology, Dynamic QoS... »

Tenda D1201 DSL Wireless Router
AC1200 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Router

The D1201 provides wireless speed of up to 1200Mbps. Except for the ADSL2+ WAN port, this router features one interchangeable LAN/WAN port.

Advanced QoS helps prioritize media streaming and gaming applications for better entertainment experience. One touch WPS button ensures a quick and secure network connection.

This device comes with a wide range of premium features and applications such... »

Linksys EA9200 Wireless Router
AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Equipped with two 5Ghz and one 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi bands, the AC3200 delivers the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.2 Gbps. Smart Connect technology automatically prioritizes and balances devices over the two 5GHz bands, enabling up to twice the speeds of a dual-band router.

The AC3200 wireless router features three fixed internal antennas and three adjustable external antennas, which provide... »

Planet WDRT-750AC Wireless Router
750Mbps 802.11ac Wireless Broadband Router

PLANET WDRT-750AC Wireless Broadband Router supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standard and dual band technology, meaning it can provide the wireless speed up to 433Mbps in the 5GHz frequency band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time.

Since there are more and more wireless applications and electric devices using the radio frequency of 2.4GHz, the wireless channel of 2.4GHz has... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (149 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 (200 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, 2012 Server TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (3 comments)

Windows 8 TweaksThe 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... »

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 (9 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)

routerIntroduction 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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