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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:
Linksys Announces WRT32X Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine
2017-08-23 08:14 EST by Daniela

Linksys today announced at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the upcoming availability of the new Linksys WRT gaming edition router – the WRT32X. This first of its kind collaboration, Linksys and Rivet Networks teamed to incorporate the Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE) to provide serious online gamers the only router optimized for high-speed gaming for users with Killer-enabled gaming PCs. The... »

Verizon, Ericsson & Qualcomm achieve 1.07Gbps in latest LTE test
2017-08-22 09:46 EST by Daniela

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have achieved a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.The test was conducted in a controlled Ericsson lab and utilized 12 LTE streams on three 20 MHz channels of licensed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) spectrum, alongside 4x4 MIMO and 256-QAM. The trial used all licensed FDD spectrum in three-carrier... »

Google Unveils Next-Generation 'Android Oreo'
2017-08-21 16:42 EST by Daniela

Today, Google announced the name of its latest version of Android. Android Oreo joins a long line of dessert names, following Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, and KitKat. Among the main features of the new version is boot speed and memory improvements Google made by changing the way the operating system works at a basic level to boost Pixel smartphone start times by up to 100 percent, and to... »

Bitcoin prices reach new all-time high of $4,500
2017-08-18 14:46 EST by Stella

Bitcoin reached an all-time high, surging past $4,500 for the first time. Since setting its most recent all-time high of $4,483 on August 15, prices have fluctuated in the $4,000-$4,200 range until rising again Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning, the price of the crypto asset rose to $4,501. The cryptocurrency has more than quadrupled in value since December.Bitcoin's market capitalization is... »

Cox communications begins charging more to avoid usage caps
2017-08-16 14:00 EST by Stella

Large ISPs have abused the lack of competition in the broadband market for years, by imposing arbitrary usage caps and overage fees. Caps raise rates and protect TV revenues from streaming video competition.Cox communications is one of many cable providers that have taken full advantage of the reduction in competition by telephone companies to drive up rates via overage fees and usage caps. Cox... »

Ubee DDM3513 Cable Modem
Cable Modem

The DDM3513 Cable Modem is a subscriber bridge device providing cable-based Internet access to the home. The DDM3513 provides four upstream and four downstream channels that can be bonded virtually, allowing operators to deliver significant speed increases to subscribers.

The DDM3513 Cable Modem provides a Gigabit Ethernet port with LAN speeds that take advantage of the higher speed tiers... »

Ubee UBC1302 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.1 Advanced Cable Modem

The UBC1302 integrates a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and 4-port gigabit Ethernet switch.

Four 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces provide high-speed LAN capability. Link aggregation group (LAG) support across the four GigE ports provide total PHY speeds of up to 4 Gbps.

Full band capture provides channel lineup flexibility. "No block" tuner restrictions such as all DOCSIS bonding in certain... »

Linksys LRT214 Broadband Router
Business Gigabit VPN Router

OpenVPN server support allows OpenVPN clients running on employees' laptops, smartphones, and tablets to connect to the offices using two-factor authentication.

The integrated firewall supports URL filtering and access rules that allow administrator to further regulate the traffic within the business network based on the services (i.e. TCP/UDP ports) and source/destination IP... »

D-Link DIR-882 Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

The DIR-882 comes packed with speeds of up to 2,533 Mbps (800 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 1,733 Mbps in 5GHz), a high-performance dual-core processor, AC SmartBeam technology, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) with traffic prioritization, four high-performance external antennas for maximum range, a new user interface, Smart Connect and with an easy setup.

The AC2600 Wi-Fi Router comes with a 4x4... »

Netgear C7100V Cable Gateway
Nighthawk DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Router with VoIP

The C7100V is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 three-in-one high-speed cable modem + AC1900 WiFi router + XFINITY Voice. 24x8 Channel Bonding technology enables faster cable Internet speeds.

This cable router gives you high-speed Internet connection with combined speeds of up to 1.9Gbps with AC19000 WiFi. Simultaneous dual band - reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices.

It... »

Tenda AC6 Wireless Router
AC1200 Smart Dual-Band WiFi Router

AC6 supports 5th generation Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. Reaching 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz and 867Mbps over the 5GHz, the AC6 has a total speed up to 1200Mbps. 900MHz CPU from Broadcom offers fast & stable performance.

AC6 is equipped with 4x 5dbi high gain antennaс, which is use multi-oscillator radiation technology.

Beamforming+ technology locks on to your WiFi receiving devices rather than... »

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 (27 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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