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We cover Broadband Internet connections, network security, wireless 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:
FCC chairman unveils plan to roll back net neutrality
2017-04-26 16:21 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai announced today a plan with which the commission will overturn the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules. Basically, Pai wants to reverse the FCC's previous decision to classify ISPs as common carriers under Title II, and to leave ISPs to "self regulate." "Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return... »

Netgear sued for defective cable modems
2017-04-25 13:07 EST by Daniela

Networking manufacturer Netgear is being sued by attorneys in San Francisco who claim that Netgear's CM700 high-speed cable modem is defective. The suit, filed on behalf of consumers by the firm of Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe, claims that the device contains a serious defect that causes high spikes in network delays, making users' internet connections less efficient.Netgear promoted the modem as... »

Russian hacker gets 27 years in prison
2017-04-24 12:23 EST by Daniela

A Russian hacker has been sentenced in Seattle to 27 years in prison. The 32-year-old hacker stole millions of payment card details from more than 500 businesses by infecting their point-of-sale (PoS) systems with malware. This happened between 2009 and 2013.The stolen data was then sent to servers he controlled in Russia, the Ukraine, and Virginia before being bundled and sold to buyers who... »

Linksys routers vulnerable to attacks
2017-04-21 00:01 EST by Daniela

IOActive, a Seattle-based security company, found 10 vulnerabilities in more than 20 Linksys router models.The routers are vulnerable to attacks that allow a third party to reboot, lock out and extract sensitive router data from affected devices. Among the affected models are some of the latest Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router brands, specifically the EA and WRT series. During its investigation,... »

Google could add an ad-blocker to Chrome
2017-04-20 11:06 EST by Daniela

Google is reportedly planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to its Chrome browser in the next few weeks. The new feature is supposed to be available for both mobile and desktop versions of Chrome.The option would be opt-in, and it would block "unacceptable" ads as defined by Coalition for Better Ads industry group. The "unacceptable" ads include pop-up ads, autoplay videos, and what are known as... »

Tenda NH326 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wall-Penetrating Wireless Router

Tenda NH326 adopts 11N technology with wireless rate up to 300Mbps. It doubles wall penetrating ability. 3*5dbi high gain omni-directional antennas ensure stable WiFi with WiFi coverage up to 300m.

The router supports advanced wireless encryption mechanism like WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2.

IP-based broadband control allows you to distribute bandwidth to specific PCs.

WiFi is enabled... »

Ubee UBC1303 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.1 Wireless Voice Gateway

The UBC1303 integrates 4 products into a single device: a cable modem, a residential gateway with built-in 4-port gigabit Ethernet switch, an 802.11ac dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi access point, and a multimedia terminal adapter for telephony.

Supporting 2 analog devices (telephones or faxes), as well as standard CLASS features, the UBC1303 is EuroPacketCable 1.0/1.5 compliant. It is software ... »

Symantec Norton Core Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Security Router

Core discovers smart devices, identifies vulnerabilities and secures them all. If a device is ever breached, Core quarantines the threat.

With this router parents can monitor and manage screen time by person, control time limits by device, and set content filters. They can even pause the entire network.

Core has a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz and more memory and flash storage than... »

Netgear R7000P Wireless Router
Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

Built with gaming, streaming and mobile devices in mind, this gigabit WiFi router supports MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming and delivers fast speed so you enjoy less lag and less buffering. It provides up to 2.3Mbps speeds - 1625 + 600 Mbps.

With its 1GHz dual-core processor and Dynamic QoS, Nighthawk can prioritize bandwidth to your game so other devices on the network don't slow down your... »

ZyXEL LTE3301 Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
LTE Indoor Router

The LTE3301 — implements the latest mobile broadband technology — to deliver the best possible data rates of up to 150/50 Mbps (DL/UL). With bridge and router modes embedded, the LTE3301 is adaptive to all kinds of devices/gateways for seamless integration with your CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) on-hand in a simple yet complete way to meet your needs.

The LTE3301 supports single- (LTE)... »

ZyXEL NBG6515 Wireless Router
AC750 Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

Equipped with the latest 802.11ac technology, the NBG6515 boosts wireless speeds to as high as 750Mbps on your wireless network.

A dual-band wireless network allows you to create two simultaneous wireless networks: one 2.4 GHz network for regular Web browsing, news reading, social networking, uploading photos/videos and downloading files, while the other wireless network at 5 GHz allows... »

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 (224 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 (28 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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