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"Some of the best Broadband tweaks and Speed patches on the Net"
The site focuses on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience. A large section of SG is dedicated to 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:
FCC calls Verizon plan to throttle speeds 'disturbing'
2014.08.01 09:32 EST by Daniela

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler sent a letter to Verizon questioning its plan announced last week to slow down 4G connection speeds for certain customers with unlimited data plans. The telecom giant said it would throttle speeds to help manage its network. But Wheeler rejected "network management" as a justification for slowing connections of paying customers. He called...

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Facebook app gives free Internet to mobile users in Zambia
2014.07.31 09:10 EST by Daniela

Facebook introduced an app on Thursday that will give mobile phone subscribers in Zambia access to a set of free basic mobile data services—and Facebook.The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social...

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Netflix agrees to pay AT&T to ensure smooth video downloads
2014.07.30 09:05 EST by Daniela

Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering when subscribers watch shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black."We reached an interconnect agreement with AT&T in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience of...

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers on 4G LTE
2014.07.29 08:57 EST by Daniela

On Friday, Verizon Wireless stated that beginning October 1, it plans to throttle the speed of a specific group of 4G LTE customers with unlimited data plans. The move is part of the company's Network Optimization policy that launched three years ago, which limits the bandwidth of the company's top 5 percent 3G customers.While all major wireless carriers employ tools to manage the traffic on...

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iPhone 6 launch scheduled for mid-September
2014.07.28 09:30 EST by Daniela

Apple iPhone 6's September unveiling has been all but confirmed by sources close to the company with the biggest indication yet that the new smartphone is well on the way to stores.According to rumours, the second or third week of September Apple will showcase the new 4.7in iPhone 6 that is far along in development with internal testing and manufacturing preparation reportedly already carried...

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Tech Talk around the Web
 
It's official You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US - Register
911 calls about Facebook outage angers LA County sheriff's officials - Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Says It Is Suing Samsung Over Smartphone-Patent Contract - Wall Street Journal
Flappy Bird Returns With New Features - IGN
French bidder for T-Mobile leaves the experts guessing - Kansas City Star
Beats Music rebrand on the way? CEO Ian Rogers to lead Apple's iTunes Radio - VentureBeat

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DSL Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless ADSL2/2+ Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BG4100N DG-BG4100N is a high-performance ADSL2/2+ broadband router providing downstream speed of up to 24Mbps and upstream speed up to 1Mbps. It provides one RJ11 telephone interface for ADSL connection, four RJ45 Ethernet interfaces for connecting to notebook/desktop computer or other network devices. It also supports IEEE802.11n wireless LAN providing speed up to 150Mbps.

DG-BG4100N supports robust...

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Buffalo WMR-433-BK Travel Router
AirStation AC433 Wireless Travel Router

Buffalo WMR-433-BK AirStation AC433 is a portable travel router that makes it easy to set up your own private wireless network on-the-go. Simply connect WMR-433-BK to a wired connection.

Convenient selectable dual band operation lets you choose between low interference 11ac networking on the 5 GHz or the more common 11n on the 2.4 GHz band for greater flexibility and compatibiity. The router provides 11ac...

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Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD Wireless Router
AirStation AC 1750 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD Buffalo's AirStation AC 1750 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source dual band solution, delivering the latest in Wi-Fi technology.

It features an 800 MHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and is equipped with two wireless radios and onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

WZR-1750DHPD is powered...

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Buffalo WHR-300HP2D Wireless Router
AirStation N300 DD-WRT Router

Buffalo WHR-300HP2D AirStation™ N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router is a high speed, open source wireless solution, delivering high speed 11n networking.

It features an 600 MHz processor and is equipped with onboard amplifiers to provide maximum radio power for improved performance and range.

AirStation N300 DD-WRT is powered by the DD-WRT open-source firmware, equipped with robust and high performance...

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TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Wireless Router
AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU TEW-818DRU creates two wireless networks - an 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and a 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.

High performance wireless amplifiers maximize wireless home coverage and...

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Asus RT-N18U Wireless Router
2.4GHz 600Mbps High Power Router

Asus RT-N18U An 800MHz processor with high clock speed delivers fast and responsive USB and WAN to LAN performance; while TurboQAM technology raises the 2.4 GHz band speed from 450Mbps to 600Mbps for a 33% boost. The energy-efficient ARM-based CPU reduces power consumption to even help you save on the bills.

128MB flash and 256MB RAM ensure a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions and...

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Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (145 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 (183 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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