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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:
Netgear launches Nighthawk X4S router
2015-09-04 01:57 EST by Daniela

Netgear is launching its highest performance VDSL Router - the Nighthawk X4S AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Router (D7800). With a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and built-in DSL modem, it's the first DSL modem router on the market to support the latest Wave 2 WiFi technology with Quad-Stream on both bands as well as Multi-User MIMO-capability. The Nighthawk X4S AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router provides a ... »

Asus announces the 'world's fastest WiFi router'
2015-09-03 02:19 EST by Daniela

At the trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin (IFA), networking manufacturer Asus showed off its latest extraterrestrial router - the RT-AC5300. Behind the router's aggressive design are hidden three frequency bands. Asus claims that the device can achieve a total of to 5.3Gbps wireless speeds. It provides 1Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.16Gbps on two separate... »

Verizon to launch mobile video service
2015-09-02 15:11 EST by Daniela

According to a report from Bloomberg, U.S. telecom Verizon Communications Inc. plans to introduce an Internet-based mobile video service in the coming days. The service is called "Go90" and is currently in the testing phase. It targets the young generation and will be offered free of charge at least for now.Initially, Go90 will offer content from AOL, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.'s Awesomeness... »

T-Mobile chasing unlimited LTE data "thieves"
2015-09-01 02:06 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile USA, will now penalize those subscribers who abuse its unlimited data plans by using tools to "steal" data. It turns out that this "small group" of customers uses "as much as two terabytes of data per month." But all of that data isn't used on smartphones alone; instead, T-Mobile claims that it is used for tethering and hotspot feature.The company is one of the few phone carriers to... »

Apple's iPhone 6s reveal event officially dated for 9 September
2015-08-31 02:14 EST by Daniela

Apple has officially confirmed that its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus event will take place on September 9th in San Francisco. The event will present not only new iPhones, but also a new Apple TV, and potentially new iPads.The new iPhones are expected not to be more expensive than their predecessors. The iPhone 6S prices are as follows: 16GB/64GB/128GB ($649/$749/$849). And for the iPhone 6 Plus:... »

Huawei HG556a Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
300Mbps 3G ADSL2+ VoIP Router

Huawei HG556a 300Mbps Wireless Router is a 3G VoIP home gateway using ADSL2+ technology. It has one RJ-11 WAN port, as well as a USB port for 3G USB modems.

In addition to the high-speed WAN interface, HG556a also provides LAN interfaces to facilitate flexible LAN networking of business terminals and interworking between household terminals.

It can function as a print server when connected... »

Asus RT-AC87U Wireless Router
Wireless AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router

RT-AC87U delivers wireless speeds of up to 1734Mbit/s at 5GHz - even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers - plus class-leading concurrent 600Mbit/s speeds at 2.4GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334Mbit/s.

With a separate high-gain antenna for each of the four spatial data streams, this router gives you true 4x4 multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless performance that delivers top performance for... »

AVM FRITZ!Box 3490 Wireless Router
VDSL Wireless AC Router

With FRITZ!Box, you're ready for the future: as vectoring is supported, you can reach throughput rates of up to 100 Mbit/s with standard VDSL connections and double your Internet speed without any extra hardware.

The FRITZ!Box simultaneously uses both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands, offering maximum flexibility for all devices. The intelligent auto channel search can be used to select the... »

ZTE MF97S Mobile Hotspot (3G, 4G LTE)
4G TD-LTE/FDD Mobile Hotspot

The ZTE MF97S is a 4G FDD/TD mobile hotspot that provides download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps.

The device has a micro SD slot (up to 32GB). It comes with a 3000mAh, Li-lon battery.

The hotspot provides advanced features, such as auto-install, VPN,... »

Netgear CM400 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

The Netgear CM400 High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 340Mbps. It is CableLabs certified and with DOCSIS 3.0 is 8x faster than 2.0. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides faster access and downloads.

The cable modem supports IPv4 and IPv6 address assignment by cable Internet providers.

Compatible with U.S. cable Internet providers like... »

Alcatel OneTouch H850 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
LTE Station

Alcatel One Touch Home H850 is a 4G LTE router which allows up to 20 devices to share fast 4G LTE data connection in home or office.

It supports maximum downstream speed up to 150Mbps. The wireless feature covers 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands.

In addition to Wi-Fi and LTE H850 also has two LAN interfaces through which devices can be connected to the home station via cables. Four WiFi... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (152 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 (201 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 (11 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... »

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,... »

TCP Optimizer 4 Documentation - Windows 7, 8, 10, 2012 Server
by Philip (1 comments)

This documentation is for version 4 of the SG TCP Optimizer. Some of the settings may be specific to Windows 8, 8.1, 2012 Server (including R2), and Windows 10, and not present in earlier versions of Windows. Please also see the TCP Optimizer FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.The TCP Optimizer documentation for Windows XP/2000/2003/NT (and TCP Optimizer 2.x) is available -here-.Table of Contents1. Introduction2. Using the program3. General Settings  ... »

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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