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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:
Google and Facebook confirmed as victims of $100m phishing scam
2017-04-28 16:51 EST by Daniela

Google and Facebook fell victim to a $100 million email scam. The attack was first reported in March when feds arrested a Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas for perpetrating the phishing scheme. Back then companies' identities remained a secret.In this type of scam, the attacker tricks the victim by "disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication". Rimasauskas did this in... »

Google launches a data center in Cuba
2017-04-27 15:21 EST by Daniela

Google has started running its own servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign internet company on the island. The servers are part of the Google Global Cache (GGC), a global network that locally stores popular content, like viral videos, for quick access. In the new data center in Cuba, the giant will store information such as popular YouTube videos. For decades, Cuba was cut off from the U.S.... »

FCC chairman unveils plan to roll back net neutrality
2017-04-26 16:21 EST by Daniela

The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai announced today a plan with which the commission will overturn the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules. Basically, Pai wants to reverse the FCC's previous decision to classify ISPs as common carriers under Title II, and to leave ISPs to "self regulate." "Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return... »

Netgear sued for defective cable modems
2017-04-25 13:07 EST by Daniela (1 comments)

Networking manufacturer Netgear is being sued by attorneys in San Francisco who claim that Netgear's CM700 high-speed cable modem is defective. The suit, filed on behalf of consumers by the firm of Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe, claims that the device contains a serious defect that causes high spikes in network delays, making users' internet connections less efficient.Netgear promoted the modem as... »

Russian hacker gets 27 years in prison
2017-04-24 12:23 EST by Daniela

A Russian hacker has been sentenced in Seattle to 27 years in prison. The 32-year-old hacker stole millions of payment card details from more than 500 businesses by infecting their point-of-sale (PoS) systems with malware. This happened between 2009 and 2013.The stolen data was then sent to servers he controlled in Russia, the Ukraine, and Virginia before being bundled and sold to buyers who... »

AVM FRITZ!Box 4040 Wireless Router
1300Mbps Wireless Router

The FRITZ!Box is equipped with four gigabit Ethernet ports. Establish a connection to the computer, a game console or other network devices via LAN with up to 1000 Mbit/s.

The FRITZ!Box uses Wireless AC in the 5-GHz band and transmits data with up to 866 Mbit/s. At the same time it uses Wireless N with up to 400 Mbit/s in the 2.4-GHz band.

Thanks to WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), you can... »

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... »

Linksys EA2750 Wireless Router
N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Offering wireless speeds of up to N300 + N300 Mbps and simultaneous dual band, the EA2750 provides high-bandwidth Wi-Fi speeds with reduced interference so you can get the most out of your wireless network.

With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software, you can access and control your home network at any time, wherever you are. Two adjustable antennas ensure optimal coverage and maximum signal strength... »

Comtrend WAP-5940 Wireless Bridge
Wireless Video Bridge

WAP-5940 uses 802.11ac/n/a wireless chipset, combining high PHY/data link speed with reliable high data throughput.

MU-MIMO supported to offer reliability and more data transmission to different users simultaneously.

A WPS button allows the router to easily connect to other WPS-enabled devices.

Smart Channel Select function ensures that the best channel is always in... »

Edimax BR-6428nS V4 Wireless Router
N300 Wi-Fi Router, Access Point, Range Extender, Wi-Fi Bridge & WISP

The BR-6428nS V4 is a 300Mbps high-speed 5-in1 multi-function Wi-Fi solution which supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards and provides improved coverage with high-gain antennas.

Operating as a router, access point, range extender, Wi-Fi Bridge or WISP, the BR-6428nS V4's flexibility meets the demands of most networking applications.

Multi-SSID enables users to configure up to five separate... »

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... »

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 (225 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 (25 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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