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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:
FCC to hand ISP oversight to FTC
2017-12-12 14:51 EST by Daniela

Several days before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) kills existing net neutrality rules, the FCC and FTC drafted a set of rules to help "protect" consumers after the net neutrality repeal.The draft "memorandum of understanding," or "MOU," will ensure that "internet service providers live up to the promises they make to consumers," following the adoption of the Restoring Internet... »

Apple to buy Shazam
2017-12-11 11:29 EST by Daniela

Apple is reportedly planning to buy audio-recognition app Shazam in a nine-figure deal that could be valued around $400 million. That price would be a significant discount from its last round of funding, which valued the company at around $1 billion; the company had raised at least $140 million since 2002.Shazam is a veteran of the first dotcom boom, dating back to 1999. Its free apps can... »

YouTube to launch new music streaming service
2017-12-08 14:04 EST by Daniela

YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March. The service, internally referred to as Remix, will compete with similar offerings from Spotify and Apple."Remix" will offer on-demand streaming along with "elements from YouTube, such as video clips". YouTube is thought to already have Warner Music Group signed up and talks are underway with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal... »

Mozilla, Yahoo sue each other over Firefox's default search
2017-12-07 13:15 EST by Daniela

In yet another tech battle of the titans, Mozilla and Yahoo are suing each other over a contract that set Yahoo as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser. Back in 2014, then-president and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, struck a deal with Mozilla for Yahoo to be the default search engine on the browser. However, now Mozilla has decided to exit the deal and take up with Google.... »

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices
2017-12-06 14:32 EST by Daniela

Google has decided to block YouTube on all Echo Show and Fire TV units, part of an escalating feud between the two tech┬ácompanies.┬áThe search giant put out a statement to explain why its cutting access, stating that Amazon's lack of reciprocity had lead to this decision.Google's referring to the fact that Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available to... »

SmartRG SR360n DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ 4-Port Gateway with WiFi

The SR360n DSL gateway provides high performance and flexibility for broadband and IPTV subscribers. It combines a full-rate ADSL modem with a wireless access point using 802.11n WiFi technology. It can be used as an Ethernet or DSL gateway, and includes a router, firewall, and TR-069 management.

The SR360n is designed with ease of deployment in mind. The automatic broadband connection feature... »

Netgear AC815S Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
LTE Mobile Hotspot

The AC815S is engineered with dustproof, shock and water-resistant features. It offers advanced security features like content filtering/parental controls.

The hotspot supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/29/30 and HSPA 850/1900/2100. It also supports 4G LTE Advanced Cat 9 + 2X Carrier Aggregation 4G LTE. This allows you to travel the world with 4G LTE roaming. You can also share a connection... »

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... »

Linksys RE6250 Wireless Range Extender
AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

The Linksys RE6250 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender is a plug-in range extender that expands the range of your wireless home network up to 6500 sq. ft. With the range extender's simultaneous wireless dual-band connectivity, eliminate dead spots and enjoy uninterrupted streaming, playing online games, and browsing the web without interruptions.

The AC750 Range Extender features data transfer... »

Linksys EA9300 Wireless Router
Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

The router's three dedicated bands help minimize lag even when multiple devices are connected, delivering speeds of up to 600Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1667Mbps (5 GHz) + 1667Mbps (5 GHz). High-bandwidth applications are routed to the two high-speed 5 GHz bands, while lower-bandwidth activities utilize the 2.4 GHz band.

Thanks to Seamless Roaming support, the AC4100 router lets your device... »

Arris VAP4402 Wireless Range Extender
802.11ac Dual Band Concurrent Range Extender

Engineered for high performance, the VAP4402 video access point allows service providers to securely deliver high-quality Wi-Fi to any location in a subscriber's home.

Using state-of-the-art wireless technology, including digital beamforming, customers retain traditional "wired" levels of service and quality, while service providers enjoy the benefits of shortened installation times and... »

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 (32 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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