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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:
Apple to buy Shazam
2017-12-11 11:29 EST by Daniela

Apple is reportedly planning to buy audio-recognition app Shazam in a nine-figure deal that could be valued around $400 million. That price would be a significant discount from its last round of funding, which valued the company at around $1 billion; the company had raised at least $140 million since 2002.Shazam is a veteran of the first dotcom boom, dating back to 1999. Its free apps can... »

YouTube to launch new music streaming service
2017-12-08 14:04 EST by Daniela

YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March. The service, internally referred to as Remix, will compete with similar offerings from Spotify and Apple."Remix" will offer on-demand streaming along with "elements from YouTube, such as video clips". YouTube is thought to already have Warner Music Group signed up and talks are underway with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal... »

Mozilla, Yahoo sue each other over Firefox's default search
2017-12-07 13:15 EST by Daniela

In yet another tech battle of the titans, Mozilla and Yahoo are suing each other over a contract that set Yahoo as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser. Back in 2014, then-president and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, struck a deal with Mozilla for Yahoo to be the default search engine on the browser. However, now Mozilla has decided to exit the deal and take up with Google.... »

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices
2017-12-06 14:32 EST by Daniela

Google has decided to block YouTube on all Echo Show and Fire TV units, part of an escalating feud between the two tech companies. The search giant put out a statement to explain why its cutting access, stating that Amazon's lack of reciprocity had lead to this decision.Google's referring to the fact that Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available to... »

Andromeda botnet shut down
2017-12-05 15:10 EST by Daniela

A major botnet, which incorporated millions of PCs and is associated with over 80 different malware families, has been taken down in an international cyber-operation.Cybersecurity agents from a combination of the Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, the FBI, EuroJust and the Joint Cybercrime Action Task force, alongside help from a clutch of companies like Microsoft successfully killed the... »

Arris Touchstone DG2470 Cable Gateway
802.11ac DOCSIS 3.0 Gateway

The Touchstone DG2470 is a DOCSIS3.0 home data gateway supporting 24 x 8 channel bonding for up to 960Mbps of broadband data. It combines a 4-port gigabit router, MoCA 2.0 over coax, and a dual band 802.11ac wireless access point.

The DG2470 serves as the hub of service delivery in the subscriber’s home providing high-speed data, voice and IP video to wired and wireless connected devices.... »

Netgear R6230 Wireless Router
Dual Band Gigabit AC1200 Smart WiFi Router

With up to 300+900Mbps speed and simultaneous dual band WiFi technology, R6230 avoids wireless interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections.

Simultaneous dual band WiFi provides two separate WiFi networks—2.4GHz for legacy devices and 5GHz which is less interference-prone for media streaming. The advanced QoS technology provides higher priority for media streaming... »

Hitron CGN3 Cable Gateway
Wireless Cable Gateway

The Hitron CGN3 is a NAT-capable cable modem and wireless access point that allows you to connect your computers, wireless devices, and other network devices to one another, and to the Internet via the cable connection. It supports DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0 (24-channel downstream, 8-channel upstream).

The device supports wired security: stateful inspection firewall with intrusion detection system,... »

Arris NVG343 DSL Wireless Router
802.11ac VDSL2/ADSL2 Gateway

The NVG343 includes advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features, security firewall, and extensive remote management features.

Тhe NVG343 uses Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, eliminating the
need for wired connections and enabling users to easily network all of their wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac equipped devices.

Its four 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports give subscribers the... »

Motorola MB7420 Cable Modem
16x4 Cable Modem

Model MB7420 has all the features of a high-speed cable modem, plus Motorola extras like user-friendly setup and advanced surge and lightning protection.

The modem provides 16 downstream channels for speeds up to 686 Mbps and 4 upstream channels for speeds up to 123 Mbps.

Modem's 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) LAN port allows connection of a router, HDTV, game station, or other... »

Tenda 4G185 Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Advanced Mobile Hotspot

Supporting the latest generation 4G LTE Andvanced network, the 4G185 can reach up to 150Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds.

The intuitive TFT screen shows information about working status, such as connected time, battery life, signal strength, Wi-Fi status, connected users number and new short message service notice.

If you double press the WPS button for a short time, you can... »

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 (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 (32 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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