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"Some of the Best Broadband Speed Tweaks on the Net"
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:
YouTube introduces "Playables" game library
2024-05-29 19:04 EST by Daniela

YouTube has announced the introduction of over 75 games to its platform, all of which can be played in-browser or via the YouTube mobile app. Over the past few months, the game library - referred to by YouTube as "Playables"- has been made available to select users in certain markets, but the company announced this week Playables is being expanded.Playables can be accessed via a user's browser or... »

YouTube's crackdown on adblockers makes videos unwatchable
2024-05-28 17:57 EST by Daniela

YouTube has intensified its crackdown on ad blocking in a move that could impact millions of users worldwide. Users on Monday reported "weird behavior" while using YouTube with an ad blocker enabled, complaining that it caused videos to skip the end or automatically mute when they play."There's no sound whenever I use ad blocker on YouTube," wrote Reddit user Freemanhl2 on the YouTube sub-Reddit.... »

ICQ, one of the oldest instant messengers, is shutting down
2024-05-27 18:02 EST by Daniela

Remember ICQ? After almost three decades, the once-popular instant messaging client is finally shutting down. On Friday, the ICQ website posted a simple message: "ICQ will stop working from June 26." It now recommends users migrate to the messaging platforms from VK, the Russian social media company that acquired ICQ from AOL in 2010, but under a different corporate name. ICQ was among the crop... »

Amazon’s Project Kuiper begins to deorbit prototype broadband satellites
2024-05-24 17:06 EST by Daniela

Amazon is beginning the process to actively deorbit its two Project Kuiper prototype satellites, nearly eight months after the satellites were launched. In an update on May 23, Amazon said it is beginning the final stage of the prototype mission, demonstrating active deorbit. "The last milestone in our Protoflight mission is deorbiting Kuipersat-1 and Kuipersat-2. As part of our orbital debris... »

Microsoft suffering from outage - Bing, Copilot, and DuckDuckGo inaccessible for several hours
2024-05-23 17:47 EST by Daniela

A massive Microsoft outage affects, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT internet search and DuckDuckGo. Microsoft outage started at approximately 3 AM EDT and seems to have primarily affected users in Asia and Europe.Microsoft hasn't released any announcements about the outage just yet, but DuckDuckGo acknowledged the issue on X. Google Search, Bing's primary... »

Cudy Tech LT12 Mobile Router (3G, 4G, 5G)
AC1200 4G LTE CAT 12 Router

Dual SIM slots provide redundancy and keep the device always online. Both SIM slots can be filled, you can choose whether to use SIM card 1 or SIM card 2, or auto select by Cudy.

Set WAN/LAN port as WAN to enable Cudy use the landline internet from WAN, and 3G/4G connection works as a backup to provide a sustained and reliable internet connection for you.

Combined with 4 detachable SMA... »

Tenda RX9 Wireless Router
AX3000 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router

RX9 supports the new generation of Wi-Fi 6 technology, dual-band concurrent rate up to 2976Mbps (2.4GHz: 574Mbps, 5GHz: 2402Mbps).

The data processing capability is comprehensively improved with a dual-core processor with a main frequency of up to 1.6GHz. The core can boost capacity and reduces interference for smoother 4k video streaming and AR/VR gaming.

With 4 independent FEMs and... »

Mercusys MR47BE Wireless Router
BE9300 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 Router

MR47BE comes armed with the 320 MHz channels, 4K-QAM, MLO, the 6 GHz band, and other features that WiFi 7 offers. It provides wireless speed up to 9300Mbps.

Equipped with 1× 2.5 Gbps WAN port and 3× 2.5 Gbps LAN ports. MR47BE allows you to take full advantage of your broadband speed. Plug your PCs, smart TVs, game consoles or NAS devices into the ports for blazing-fast wired... »

Aztech WL590E Wireless Range Extender
Wall-Plugged 750Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Wireless-AC Repeater

Weak signals emitted by wireless routers, walls and other interference around the house are common issues disrupting your home wireless network. The Aztech WL590E addresses this problem by repeating your router's wireless signals to various areas obstructed by walls and other interference.

Designed to enhance your router's wireless coverage, the Aztech WL590E is equipped with a concurrent... »

Asus RT-AX57 Wireless Router
AX3000 Dual Band WiFi 6 Router

RT-AX57 supports 1024-QAM for faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 3000Mbps - 574 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2402 Mbps on the 5GHz band. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) is engineered to cope with multiple devices, providing up to 4X greater network capacity and efficiency.

Supporting not only MU-MIMO but also OFDMA technique to efficiently allocate channels, communicating... »

Hitron ARIA2513 Mesh Wireless
Dual-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Extender

This future-ready device delivers Wi-Fi coverage, capacity, and speed. With the power of Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit Ethernet ports, you can be confident that users will enjoy whole-home Wi-Fi for brilliant video streaming, fast online gaming, and trouble-free video conferencing anywhere in the house or yard.

The ARIA2513 supports a mesh system that ensures routers, access points and extenders work... »

Windows 7, Vista, 2008 Tweaks
by Philip (155 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... »

Windows 10 TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (48 comments)

Windows 10 TweaksThe TCP/IP speed tweaks below work with Windows 8, 10, 2012/2019 Server. The Windows 8/10 TCP/IP implementation shares many traits with earlier Windows versions, however, there are many subtle differences and updates, new syntax for applying tweaks using PowerShell cmdlets, and some new settings. Windows 10 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... »

How To Crack WEP and WPA Wireless Networks
by Philip (95 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 (236 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 up... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (58 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,... »

How to Stop Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks
by Philip

DDoSDenial of Service (DoS) attacks are very common on the Internet these days, and they can make your online experience miserable. In some cases of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS), they can bring down websites, or cripple entire networks in a matter of minutes, preventing connectivity for many customers. There are different types of DoS attacks, and we've tried to explain the most common types and ways to mitigate their effects to you or your network.Types of Denial of Service (DoS)... »

Android TCP/IP Speed Tweaks
by Philip (1 comments)

Android tweaksTo change TCP/IP related settings in Android you need root access. The only exception are a couple of trivial changes that are available to non-rooted devices, namely dynamic vs static IP address, and changing the DNS server. Assuming you are working with an already rooted device, the settings are listed below:Android TCP/IP tweaks (root required)In order to change other TCP/IP stack settings, you need to edit the settings in /proc/sys/net/core/ , similar to what is explained in our Linux... »

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