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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 settles legal dispute with Nokia
2017-05-23 13:49 EST by Daniela

Apple and Nokia have reached an agreement over patent dispute. This happens five months after they had sued each other over royalty payments.In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding.According to the deal, Apple will be allowed to use Nokia's technology and will have to pay for it one-off payment, as... »

EternalRocks Worm Exploits 7 NSA Hacking Tools
2017-05-22 16:40 EST by Daniela

A few weeks after WannaCry ransomware started attacking users around the world, a new worm using NSA hacking tools has been discovered. This particular worm, called EternalRocks uses seven different NSA tools: EternalBlue, Eternalchampion, Eternalromance, Eternalsynergy, Doublepulsar, Architouch and SMBtouch.EternalRocks worm uses flaws in the SMB Server Message Block (SMB) shares networking... »

FCC votes to start net neutrality rollback
2017-05-19 11:40 EST by Daniela

The FCC voted on Tuesday 2:1 to officially propose an order that would kill net neutrality rules put in place by the previous administration. These rules were designed to ensure that all online content and services get equal treatment online. However, the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, argues that they represent unnecessary government meddling in the internet's infrastructure."Today, we propose to... »

Chrome vulnerability allows hackers to steal user credentials
2017-05-18 10:42 EST by Daniela

DefenseCode security researcher Bosko Stankovic has discovered a flaw in Google's Chrome browser that allows hackers to install and automatically run a malicious file on a Windows PC to steal passwords. The vulnerability is in the default configuration of Chrome and all Windows versions supporting the browser.Due to the flaw, hackers may trick a Chrome user into downloading a Windows Explorer... »

Comcast's new wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, is now live
2017-05-17 18:27 EST by Daniela

Comcast announced today that its long-rumored new wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, is now live. Users can now sign up on the official Xfinity Mobile website.The service features an unlimited data, talk, and text plan starting at $65 a month for up to five lines ($45 per line for customers with Comcast's top X1 TV packages), or $12 per GB a month a la carte. The unlimited option has been reduced... »

ZTE MF275R Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Wireless Router

The ZTE MF275R Rocket Hub provides both high speed internet and voice services for a better connected experience. Connect up to 2 home phones by using the RJ11 ports of MF275R.

Connect up to 20 Wi-Fi devices and enjoy crystal-clear unlimited nationwide calling; even if you lose power, there's up to 18 hours of standby time.

The router supports the following 4G LTE bands: 2/4/7/12/17. It is... »

ZTE Mobley Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

ZTE Mobley turns most vehicles 1996 and newer into mobile hotspots. Just plug the device into your vehicle's OBD-II port and your hotspot is live. It supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17.

Surf the Web, play games, watch movies, stream music, and much more on the road with the ZTE Mobley — by sharing your data with up to five Wi-Fi capable devices in your vehicle.

Once installed, no... »

Actiontec T2200H DSL Wireless Router
Wireless N Pair-Bonded VDSL2 Router

The VDSL2 router T2200H supports 802.11n out of the box, with backward compatibility to older wireless protocols, combining flexibility with power. Also included is MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, which further improves your wireless experience by offering better whole home coverage and fewer dead spots.

While the T2200H runs on the VDSL2 access technology, it also features... »

TP-Link Deco M5 Mesh Wireless
Whole-Home Wi-Fi System

Deco is a whole-home Wi-Fi solution that keeps your network strong, no matter the size or construction of your home. It creates a unified Wi-Fi network so you can enjoy one seamless connection as you move around your home.

ART (Adaptive Routing Technology) automatically chooses the clearest path for all your devices based on the location of each Deco unit. Whether it's 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, ART... »

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
LTE WiFi Hotspot

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L provides a secure data connection for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time.

Keep track of the number of devices connected to your jetpack, your data usage, battery life & network signal strength right from the Jetpack's display.

Keep your connections powered with a mobile hotspot that offers up to 10 hours of use.

Easily see when the... »

Netgear DM200 DSL Modem
Broadband High-Speed DSL Modem

The NETGEAR Broadband High-Speed DSL Modem provides connection to high-speed VDSL/ADSL Internet.

With Fast Ethernet connectivity, the NETGEAR DSL modem connects directly to the computer or wireless router. It is compatible with major DSL Internet service providers and is easy to setup.

Does not support AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS and Cable Internet providers. Does not support bonded... »

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 (226 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 (26 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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