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 forgot your password? - Your Guide to Broadband
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:
Mozilla changes default Firefox search from Google to Yahoo
2014-11-20 09:40 EST by Daniela

Mozilla Corporation and Yahoo have signed a "strategic five-year partnership" which will make Yahoo the default search engine for Firefox browser in the U.S.For 10 years Google has been the default search tool in Firefox but Mozilla decided to make the change in a move to promote "innovation and competition." "Today we are announcing a change to our strategy for Firefox search partnerships. We...

China blocks entire Content Delivery Network before World Internet Conference
2014-11-19 10:07 EST by Daniela

The Chinese government has blocked access to a major content delivery network (CDN), days before the World Internet Conference, which will take place in the country and will gather many of the world's top technology companies.The network, operated by EdgeCast has been blocked since Thursday. The company is an affiliate of Verizon Communications and delivers content and services for web companies,...

Study shows Tor users can be identified using traffic analysis
2014-11-18 10:15 EST by Daniela

If you're using the anonymizing software Tor, you might think that you are anonymous to the Internet, but as it turns out - you're not. According to recent reports, 81% of Tor users can be identified with the help of traffic analysis tools, such as Cisco's Netflow technology.The reports are based on a research that started in 2008 and was conducted by a former researcher from the Columbia...

AT&T phasing out mobile tracking cookies
2014-11-17 11:00 EST by Daniela

AT&T has announced that it would stop using "perma cookies" to track its customers. Previously, the company had used this technology to show targeted and relevant ads to its mobile internet users based on their activities by using an undetectable identification number and every user's internet connection passed through this Unique identifier Header (UIDH) to send the data to the carrier. "It has...

US governemnt planes collect cell phone data
2014-11-14 10:43 EST by Daniela

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, American government has been spying on its citizens by using Cessna airplanes to capture phone data.Those airplanes had a two-foot-square device, called "dirtbox" on board. The "dirtbox" mimics cellphone towers' signals and tricks mobile phones that this is the closest network and the phones gets connected to it automatically, revealing unique...

Tech Talk around the Web
Explainer How a Russian website could hijack UK webcams - BBC News
FTC Announces Crackdown on Computer Speedup Tech Support Scams - DailyTech
Mozilla tells Google, it's not you anymore , it's Yahoo - Computerworld
Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets - TechCrunch
IBM offers 'devops' services to speed up enterprises' app development - Computerworld
Senate grills manufacturer of defective airbags - Washington Post

Netgear JR6150 Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Router

Netgear JR6150 The dual band AC750 WiFi Router was designed for the next generation of multi-device, media-hungry homes.

Equipped with simultaneous dual bands to minimize interference and external antennas to maximize coverage, the AC750 also unleashes the kind of speed—Gigabit wired and AC750 wireless— that today's HD videos, online games, and multiple connected devices need to look, play, and perform...

TP-Link Archer C2 Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

TP-Link Archer C2 With 433Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer C2 offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance.

With one gigabit WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports, speeds can be up to 10× faster than fast Ethernet connections.

With the USB port, you can share a printer locally and files & media with...

TP-Link TD-W9980 DSL Wireless Router
N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Router

TP-Link TD-W9980 TP-LINK's TD-W9980 N600 Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Router comes with the latest ITU-T G.993.2 VDSL2 standard, providing up to 100Mbps speed downstream and upstream, and backward compatibility with ADSL.

What's more, this device allows for two different connection types: VDSL/ADSL, or Ethernet WAN, giving users the flexibility to access the Internet whichever method is most convenient....

Arris Touchstone DG1670 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band Concurrent Wireless Data Gateway with MoCA

Arris Touchstone DG1670 The Touchstone DG1670 DOCSIS 3.0 Data Gateway is a 16x4 advanced gateway product. It combines a 4-port Gigabit Router and 802.11n wireless access point with two independent simultaneously operating 802.11n radios into a single device capable of support both home and small office applications.

The DG1670 also supports MoCA 1.1 for in-home video and data distribution over coax. This feature...

Linksys EA9200 Wireless Router
AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Linksys EA9200 Equipped with two 5Ghz and one 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi bands, the AC3200 delivers the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.2 Gbps. Smart Connect technology automatically prioritizes and balances devices over the two 5GHz bands, enabling up to twice the speeds of a dual-band router.

The AC3200 wireless router features three fixed internal antennas and three adjustable external antennas, which provide...

DIGISOL DG-BR4400AC Wireless Router
AC750 Wireless Dual Band Broadband Router

DIGISOL DG-BR4400AC The DG-BR4400AC wireless broadband router can provide aggregate wireless bandwidth up to 733Mbps (433Mbps AC + 300Mbps N) which enhances the sharing of files,photo, audio, video and gaming experience over wireless network.

The router supports multiple wireless modes like: AP, Station-Infrastructure, Wireless Bridge and Universal Repeater.

DG-BR4400AC provides robust wireless security to...


Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (148 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 (191 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 (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...

Wireless Network Speed Tweaks
by Philip

Wireless networking has become mainstream technology not only for sharing internet access, but also for printing, gaming, audio/video streaming, and connected appliances/devices throughout many residences. The most widely used 2.4GHz spectrum has become increasingly congested from neighboring networks, cordless phones, and other connected devices. Network applications and media streaming are becoming increasingly bandwidth intensive. All this makes it necessary to be aware of the advantages of...

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 OSes are still not...


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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