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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:
Atlanta government computers hit by ransomware
2018-03-23 10:45 EST by Daniela

The city of Atlanta government has apparently become the victim of a ransomware attack. Multiple online Web pages and services stopped working on March 22 in a ransomware attack that began during the early morning hours.The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the case.Atlanta COO Richard Cox confirmed the attack in a news conference Thursday... »

Google Assistant can now send or request money
2018-03-22 15:04 EST by Daniela

Starting today, Google Assistant will get Google Pay integration, which will let you use Google's voice assistant to send and receive money from your contacts. The new functionality is aimed at further reducing the headache involved in settling IOUs in an increasingly cashless environment, not to mention encouraging more Google Pay users. Like the Google Express shopping service, you'll need to... »

YouTube makes live stream easier for everyone
2018-03-21 14:30 EST by Daniela

YouTube begins rolling out a new feature that will allow users to live stream directly from their browsers without installing any additional software. YouTubers could previously go live from a desktop computer, but the process required additional equipment and software.For now, the feature is only limited to Chrome browsers, but YouTube says that it will expand to more browsers soon. To get... »

US bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency
2018-03-20 17:29 EST by Daniela

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday banning any transactions within the United States involving any digital currency issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela. The order applies to U.S. citizens as well as anyone within the United States, and includes cryptocurrency issued on or after January 9. The US has for the first time banned a cryptocurrency.Venezuela... »

Facebook under fire over Cambridge Analytica data abuse
2018-03-19 14:17 EST by Daniela

Facebook has recently suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica, for violating its Terms of Service, by collecting and sharing the personal information of up to 50 million users without their consent. The suspension of the two companies came a day before a pair of reports in the The New York Times and The Observer about how... »

Amped Wireless B1200EX Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender

The B1200EX is a universal range extender that can extend the reach of any Wi-Fi router by up to an additional 5,000 sq ft. With more Wi-Fi coverage, smart devices on all ends of your home or property can connect with ease and reliability.

802.11ac Wi-Fi technology provides Wi-Fi speeds up to four times faster than 802.11n. AC1200 Wi-Fi speeds provide up to 300Mbps 2.4GHz connections and up to... »

Edimax AR-7287WnA DSL Wireless Router
N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Router

The Edimax AR-7287WnA is a high performance router that provides full ADSL2+ capability and reliability as a cost-effective networking solution for home.

Compatible with the 802.11n wireless standard and with advanced MIMO technology, the AR-7287WnA provides up to 300Mbps data transmission rates and better coverage than a standard 802.11g/b router.

The AR-7287WnA supports multiple SSIDs... »

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-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... »

D-Link DSL-2888A DSL Wireless Router
PYTHON - Dual Band Wireless AC1600 Gigabit ADSL2+/VDSL2 Router

The DSL-2888A uses the latest Wireless AC technology, which provides transfer rates of up to 1.6 Gbps (1300 AC + 300 N).

Featuring a 3x3 MU-MIMO antenna configuration, the router operates on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands at the same time using concurrent dual-band technology and three external antennas. This allows you to browse the web, chat and e-mail using the 2.4 GHz... »

Netgear R8000P Wireless Router
Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

The Nighthawk X6S offers combined WiFi speed up to 4000Mbps (750Mbps + 1625Mbps + 1625Mbps), and is powered by a 64-bit, dual core 1.8GHz processor with three offload processors.

Using Multi-User MIMO technology, this router can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster... »

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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