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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:
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... »

Rats chew through fiber optic cables in London
2017-08-15 13:38 EST by Stella

Rodents have caused extensive damage in South London by chewing through 96 fiber optic cables, leaving customers without broadband. Customers of both Sky and TalkTalk were were affected after Thursday evening, when the incident was first reported with both firms apologizing.Sky Help Team tweeted on Saturday morning: "South London. Engineers have continued to work overnight & will continue... »

DNA exploited to hack a computer
2017-08-11 17:25 EST by Daniela

University of Washington researchers successfully stored malware in synthetic DNA strands, and used it to gain control of the computer analyzing it.The researchers explained their experiment in a paper titled "Computer Security, Privacy, and DNA Sequencing: Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More"."To assess whether this is theoretically possible, we included a known... »

Facebook launching new video service, Watch
2017-08-10 16:15 EST by Daniela

Today Facebook announced its YouTube and Netflix competitor platform called Watch. Initially the service will be available to a "limited group of people in the U.S." and then will expand to more users.Watch has its own tab, denoted with a YouTube-like play button icon, on the main menu next to the Feed tab. It consists of two main pages: Discover and Watchlist. The former is where users can find... »

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... »

Arris Touchstone TG2472 Cable Gateway
24x8 DOCSIS 3.0 VoIP Gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi & MoCA 2.0

The Touchstone TG2472 is a DOCSIS3.0 home telephony gateway supporting 24 x 8 channel bonding for up to 960Mbps of broadband data.

It combines two FXS ports of carrier-grade VoIP, a 4-port gigabit router, MoCA 2.0 over coax, and a dual band 802.11ac wireless access point with battery back-up into a single integrated device.

The router supports wireless transmission speed of up to 1750Mbps... »

Arris Touchstone TG2492 Cable Gateway
24x8 EuroDOCSIS VoIP Gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi

The Touchstone TG2492 is a EuroDOCSIS 3.0 home telephony gateway supporting 24 x 8 channel bonding for up to 960Mbps of broadband data.

It combines two FXS ports of carrier-grade VoIP, a 4-port gigabit router, and a dual band 802.11ac wireless access point with battery back-up into a single integrated device.

The router supports wireless transmission speed of up to 1600Mbps (1300ac +... »

Ubiquiti Amplifi Wi-Fi Mesh Wireless
Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

AmpliFi Routers and MeshPoints are designed to work in combination to eliminate any dead spots in your home. They utilize mesh technology. The Router features an intuitive touchscreen display and the MeshPoints display wireless signal performance.

The AmpliFi MeshPoint features an adjustable antenna and fits discreetly in any household, wherever dead spots need coverage. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi,... »

Amped Wireless RE2200T Wireless Range Extender
HELIOS-EX AC2200 High Power Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

The HELIOS-EX is a tri-band range extender, specially designed for multi-device households. Built with a Quad-Core ARM Processor, 12 high power amplifiers, and 4 total high gain antennas, the HELIOS-EX delivers up to 12,000 square feet of additional Wi-Fi coverage.

DirectLink technology creates a dedicated 5GHz link to the home network, freeing up the remaining two bands, resulting in up to... »

Edimax RG21S Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Home Wi-Fi Roaming Router

RG21S provides AC2600 Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 800Mbps at 2.4GHz and 1733Mbps at 5GHz.

The latest 802.11ac revision "Wave 2" has expanded on the Wi-Fi gigabit speeds with more channel width (80 + 80MHz) and spatial streams (4 x 4 : 4) making it even faster and more capable of offering high performance connectivity.

One of the key technology advancements – MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO)... »

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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