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SpeedGuide.net - Your Guide to Broadband
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:
AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription
2018-04-20 16:23 EST by Daniela

AT&T plans to launch a new low-cost video streaming service called AT&T Watch in the next few weeks. The service, was announced by chief executive Randall Stephenson on Thursday when he testified during the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial. Stephenson brought up the new product to counter the Justice Department's argument that AT&T continues to raise prices on its traditional DirecTV satellite... »

Opera shutting down its VPN for iOS, Android
2018-04-19 10:19 EST by Daniela

Opera has confirmed that it is killing off its VPN for iOS and Android at the end of the month. The company hasn't given any reason for the move. Opera's VPN shut down is only applicable to the version launched on mobile. It seems that for now Opera's desktop browser will continue to offer VPN services.Those who are Opera Gold members (which was the commercial paid-for version of the product)... »

FCC to Launch 5G Spectrum Auctions
2018-04-18 15:13 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission this week voted to begin the process of conducting spectrum auctions later this year as part of its latest efforts meant to facilitate the deployment of the fifth generation of wireless networks in the country.The regulator proposed two auctions, with the first one being set to begin on November 14 and auction off spectrum blocks in the 28GHz band, whereas... »

T-Mobile fined $40 million for false ring tones
2018-04-17 14:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile will pay $40 million as part of a settlement with the FCC for playing ringing sounds to mislead customers into thinking their calls were going through when in fact they had never connected in the first place. The company admitted it had done so "hundreds of millions" of times over the years.The settlement, announced Monday by the Federal Communications Commission, also requires T-Mobile... »

Samsung's newest phone can't connect to the internet
2018-04-16 12:22 EST by Daniela

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy J2 Pro handset may look just like any other smartphone, but it's far from it. Samsung's latest device has one serious flaw. It doesn't allow users to go online as it comes without the option to connect to cellular data or WiFi.The device is intentionally designed to have no way to go online. Samsung's press release says the phone "blocks mobile data such as 3G,... »


Tenda nova MW6 Mesh Wireless
Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

Powered by Wave2 MU-MIMO technology, nova MW6 can communicate with multiple wireless devices at the same time. It also comes with Beamforming technology to focus transmit power onto wireless devices for better signal strength.

A traditional network is unable to reconnect when the signal is lost. That won't be an issue with nova, as it automatically maintains its network status. So, if a nova... »

Arris SBG7580-AC Wireless Access Point
DOCSIS 3.0 802.11ac Wi-Fi Cable Router

The SURFboard SBG7580-AC is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, 802.11AC Wi-Fi Router and 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Router, all wrapped up on one device. It has 32 download x 8 upload channels.

With Internet download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps and Wi-Fi speeds up to 1750 Mbps it is suitable to power busy home networks. Plus, with 4-Gigabit Ethernet ports it's good for HD video streaming and online gaming. No more... »

Asus RT-ACRH17 Wireless Router
AC1700 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO

Delivering 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz concurrent bands at up to 400 Mbps and 1300 Mbps, respectively, the RT-ACRH17 has a total speed of up to 1700 Mbps, and maintains complete stability.

MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.

RT-ACRH17's Quad core CPU dedicated to... »

SmartRG SR400ac Wireless Router
Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

The SR400ac is a carrier-grade Ethernet router, equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port, a Dual-Band Wi-Fi Access Point using the latest 802.11ac technology, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN connection.

The SR400ac's Dual-Band Wi-Fi technology simultaneously uses both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands via six internal high-gain antennas fed by six individual high-power amplifiers.... »

D-Link DSL-2885A DSL Wireless Router
Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+/VDSL2 Router

The D-Link DSL-2885A Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit ADSL2+/VDSL2 Router shares your DSL Internet connection over Wireless AC, and uses advanced AC beamforming technology to maximize the speed and range of your wireless signal.

It also comes equipped with a Gigabit WAN port, two USB ports, and four Gigabit ports to provide speeds up to 10 times faster than standard 10/100 ports. Multiple... »

Asus RT-AX88U Wireless Router
AX6000 Dual Band 802.11ax WiFi Router

The RT-AX88U supports 802.11ax WiFi standard for better efficiency and throughput. It provides 6000Mbps WiFi speed to handle even the busiest network with ease.

The router has 4 antennas + 8 LAN ports to support more clients at the same time.

AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, blocks internet security threats for all your connected smart devices.

This router is compatible with ASUS... »


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 (227 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 (31 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 (36 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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