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"Some of the Best Broadband Speed Tweaks on the Net"
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:
Time Warner Cable online after widespread outage
2014-08-27 08:34 EST by Philip

Time Warner Cable dealt with a major Internet outage early Wednesday.Starting at 3 a.m. today, routine network maintenance escalated into a major issue with the Time Warner Internet backbone and caused disruption with the company's Internet and On Demand services. The outage affected the entirety of Time Warner Cable's network, affecting 11.4 million high-speed Internet...

65 Groups Urge the FCC to Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
2014-08-26 10:20 EST by Daniela

Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest. In a letter to the FCC, the groups warned that the merger...

Intel reveals world's smallest 3G modem for the Internet of Things
2014-08-26 07:55 EST by Daniela

Intel announced a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it is the smallest such chip. Intel targets the XMM 6255 at Internet of Things uses in areas such as healthcare monitors and advertising. The modem supports downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbits/second.Intel's IoT modem solution includes the modem, an integrated power amplifier and a...

Amazon buys video gamer site Twitch for $970M
2014-08-25 19:41 EST by Philip

After months of rumors suggesting that Google is preparing to buy the video game live-streaming service Twitch, Amazon officially announced today that it will acquire Twitch by purchasing all of its outstanding shares for approximately $970 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.San Francisco-based Twitch enables people to broadcast their own...

Charter restores internet for customers across the nation
2014-08-25 09:17 EST by Daniela

Charter Communications says they have restored internet services for hundreds of thousands of Charter customers that lost internet access Saturday afternoon. Kim Haas, a spokeswoman for Stamford-based Charter Communications Inc., said the company was working to restore service, adding that the issues were "intermittent across parts of our footprint." It was unclear how widespread the problem was,...

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Arris Touchstone DG860P2 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Cable Gateway

Arris Touchstone DG860P2 The Touchstone DOCSIS 3.0 Residential Gateway is an 8x4 advanced gateway product which combines a 4-port Gigabit Router, and a 802.11n wireless access point into a single device capable of supporting both home and small office applications.

Using multi-processor technology, the DG860P2 can simultaneously achieve high bandwidth DOCSIS performance without affecting the Wi-Fi® and other gateway...

Linksys RE6500 Wireless Range Extender
Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Linksys RE6500 Thanks to high-speed wireless-AC technology, the RE6500 creates Wi-Fi speeds that are up to three times faster than wireless-N. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever.

The RE6500 features simultaneous dual bands, which means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. It extends...

Linksys LAPAC1200 Wireless Access Point
AC1200 Dual Band Access Point

Linksys LAPAC1200 The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point supports the latest 802.11ac
technology, a three time performance increase from 802.11n. Enhancements such as wider
80 MHz channels provide greater data bandwidth while operating in the less-crowded 5
GHz band space.

The Linksys Business Wireless-AC Dual Band Access Point can be deployed as a typical
access point, or set up as a...

Netgear R8000 Wireless Router
AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router

Netgear R8000 The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with breakthrough Tri-Band WiFi technology delivers a massive combined wireless speed of up to 3.2Gbps (600 + 1300 + 1300 Mbps). X6 optimizes WiFi performance by intelligently assigning every device to the fastest WiFi band possible and doing so allows devices to connect at their maximum speed.

High-powered amplifiers & 6 high performance retractable antennas...

Asus RT-AC3200 Wireless Router
3200Mbps Wireless Router

Asus RT-AC3200 Powered by a penta-core six-stream Broadcom chipset, the AC-RT3200 is capable of achieving a combined transfer rate of 3200Mbps. It features 6x External Antennas – all of them fully adjustable.

The combined 3200Mbps transfer rate is derived from a maximum throughput of 600Mbps over Wireless-N with Broadcom's TurboQAM enabled, and 2600Mbps over 5GHz Wireless-AC Band 1 and Band 4. That is also...

Asus DSL-N14U DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Router

Asus DSL-N14U The ASUS DSL-N14U ADSL router provides Wi-Fi speeds up to 300Mbps. The built-in USB 2.0 port allows you to connect external storage, printers, and other devices to the DSL-N14U and share them with other users over the network.

With DSL-N14U you can easily set up a VPN server for secure web browsing and data access — no matter where you are. Featuring PPTP encryption, your connection will...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (146 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...

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...

How to set a Wireless Router as an Access Point
by Philip (184 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...

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...

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...

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...


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)

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,...

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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