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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:
MulteFire Alliance Completes Release 1.0 Specification
2017-01-17 09:42 EST by Daniela

The MulteFire Alliance, an independent, diverse and international member-driven consortium defining and promoting MulteFire, today announced the completion of its Release 1.0 specification, a key milestone in bringing MulteFire technology to market. Release 1.0, based on 3GPP Releases 13 and 14, defines LTE to operate in unlicensed and shared spectrum, while ensuring fair sharing of spectrum with... »

Apple plans to offer its own original content
2017-01-16 09:35 EST by Daniela

Apple reportedly plans to offer original video content just like Netflix and HBO. The company is now looking into buying scripted TV programs. The TV series will then be bundled with Apple Music's monthly subscription service. This new business venture would give the company a big point of difference against its music streaming rival Spotify.Apple has already some experience with original content... »

Google kills off its Project Titan broadband drones
2017-01-13 06:23 EST by Daniela

Google' parent company Alphabet has officially announced that it has killed the Titan drone project. Project Titan is now integrated with a group of robotics projects at Google's research and development factory, X. The company will focus on the Project Loon, which would use high-altitude balloon to deliver internet access to remote areas of the world.The X research lab spokesperson said in a... »

FCC takes aim at AT&T, Verizon over 'zero-rating' services
2017-01-12 16:06 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler claims that AT&T and Verizon are probably violating the commission's net neutrality rules by allowing third-parties to pay for subscribers' data usage. The services which violate the rules are AT&T's DirecTV and Verizon's FreeBee Data 360.The FCC is concerned AT&T and Verizon still have a cost advantage over rivals, since they provide the streaming service and own the... »

AT&T raises price on grandfathered unlimited data plans
2017-01-11 15:37 EST by Daniela

AT&T is increasing prices for its unlimited plans. Starting March 2017, AT&T subscribers with unlimited data plans will have to pay $40 per month instead of $35. AT&T has been working to drive subscribers out of its grandfathered unlimited plans that are no longer available to new subscribers. The plans were originally a tool to encourage people to get an iPhone during the early days of the... »

Linksys EA7500 Wireless Router
Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

MAX-STREAM AC1900 Multi User-MIMO Router offers two dedicated Wi-Fi bands that deliver combined speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps (N600 + AC1300) .

MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology ensures uninterrupted simultaneous Wi-Fi connections to devices such as HD streaming media players, 4K TVs, tablets, and game consoles. Multiple devices receive high-speed Wi-Fi at the same... »

D-Link DIR-842 Wireless Router
AC1200 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

The DIR-842 AC1200 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router is a wireless networking solution providing wireless speeds of up to 1200Mbps (867Mbps AC + 300Mbps N).

By combining high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification with dual-band technology and Gigabit Ethernet ports, the DIR-842 provides a seamless networking experience for SOHOs.

The built-in Quality of Service (QoS) engine allows you to prioritize... »

Linksys WRT32X Wireless Router
AC3200 Dual-Band Gaming Router

Equipped with enterprise-grade hardware, the router minimizes ping times and ensures smooth, lag-free gaming thanks to its CPU, fast wired and Wi-Fi speeds plus, gaming-optimized firmware.

The WRT32X features Rivet Networking's Killer Mode which automatically synchronizes your Killer-enabled PC with the Killer Prioritization Engine, ensuring fast smooth gameplay so you're always a few steps... »

TP-Link AP300 Wireless Access Point
AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Access Point

TP-Link's AP300 provides a total of 1200Mbps Wi-Fi speeds (simultaneous 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 867Mbps on 5GHz).

Various operation modes, including AP, Repeater/Bridge, Client, and Multi-SSID, provide flexible solutions to meet the wireless needs in any situation.

Two detachable dual band antennas provide superior coverage to eliminate dead zones. The addition of Beamforming Technology... »

Arris VAP2400 Wireless Access Point
Wireless Video Access Point

VAP2400 is a wireless access bridge solution that delivers whole-home reach and coverage.

It provides subscribers with easy access to their video content regardless of walls, doors or other physical structures that may exist.

The VAP2400 is an open platform, designed to support multiple set-tops as well as Over-the-Top (OTT) services and other network enabled devices commonly found today... »

Arris GA2305 DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ Dual Play Broadband Gateway

Pace's GA2305 is an entry-level ADSL2+ Gateway, targeted for high-speed Internet services and dual-play (data and IPTV). It is designed as a flexible platform, which can host a range of applications and services.

The built-in IEEE 802.11n wireless interface provides coverage and high performance for the whole home. Four fast Ethernet interfaces are provided to connect PCs, set-top boxes 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 (223 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 (26 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 (25 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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