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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:
Ransomware attack raises concerns over future assaults
2017-06-28 14:17 EST by Daniela

A new ransomware attack spread around the globe on Wednesday, affecting thousands of computers across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.This is the second time in two months that hackers have tried to shake down computer users, threatening to delete their data unless they paid sup. The initial infection can be traced to tax accounting software from a Ukrainian company called M.E.Doc,... »

Sprint in wireless talks with Comcast, Charter
2017-06-27 12:06 EST by Daniela

Sprint is reportedly in discussions with Charter Communications and Comcast on a potential deal that could bolster plans to offer wireless services. The trio of companies have agreed to a two-month exclusivity period on cutting a deal.Such a deal could involve the companies taking equity in Sprint. The companies already have a network-resale agreement with Verizon Communications, but Sprint could... »

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube launch anti-terrorism partnership
2017-06-26 18:00 EST by Daniela

Four of the world's biggest internet platforms — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube — have joined forces to make their services "hostile to terrorists and violent extremists." They have created the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) to do so."The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all," the companies... »

FCC approves OneWeb satellite broadband US access
2017-06-23 10:59 EST by Daniela

A satellite internet startup, called OneWeb has received unanimous approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deliver high speed internet to hard to reach places in the United States. The company plans to launch around 720 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to beam internet to anywhere on Earth at speeds that rival that of fiber connections. The goal is to provide internet... »

Charter settles with New York State over missed deadlines
2017-06-22 17:04 EST by Daniela

Charter Communications may have to pay a total $13 million to New York State as part of a settlement, because it failed to meet expansion goal. The telecommunications company's 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable was contingent on Charter meeting a set of requirements that included network expansion to "unserved and underserved communities" by the end of 2019.However, according to the state... »

ZTE Mobley Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

ZTE Mobley turns most vehicles 1996 and newer into mobile hotspots. Just plug the device into your vehicle's OBD-II port and your hotspot is live. It supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17.

Surf the Web, play games, watch movies, stream music, and much more on the road with the ZTE Mobley — by sharing your data with up to five Wi-Fi capable devices in your vehicle.

Once installed, no... »

AirTies Air 4820 Mesh Wireless
1700Mbps 802.11ac Wireless Video Bridge/AP

The Air 4820 allows you to wirelessly link your IP Video box to the main gateway. It is capable of streaming operator grade video. It can stream multiple HD video channels, deal with both multicast and unicast traffic and prioritize the TV service over general traffic.

Push the WPS Button on the Air 4820 to securely configure the device on the wireless network. All other WPS compliant clients... »

Airlive / Ovislink AC-1200UR Wireless Router
1200Mbps 802.11ac AP Router with USB

The AirLive AC-1200UR is a MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac router with data rate up to 1200Mbps. It features two wireless radios that can operate in both 5GHz and 2.4GHz at the same time.

The router can operate in 5 different wireless modes: Dual Band Router, Dual AP Mode, WISP + AP, Bridge + AP, Client + AP.

AC-1200UR has a USB 2.0 Port. It allows the router to connect to storage devices and... »

Linksys WRT3200ACM Wireless Router
AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

The WRT3200ACM is a simultaneous dual band (2.4 + 5 GHz) router, providing wireless transmission speeds of up to 3200Mbps (N600 + AC2600).

Beamforming technology optimizes performance and reduces interference by focusing wireless signal to connected devices.

Tri-Stream 160 technology doubles the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band to power data-heavy activity with ultra-fast 2.6 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds.... »

Tenda FH1206 Wireless Router
High Power AC1200 Dual-band Wi-Fi Router

Tenda FH1206 is a high power dual-band WiFi router. With Simultaneous dual-band WiFi technology, FH1206 delivers high transmission speed up to 300+867Mbps.

H1206 is equipped with high power amplifiers and 2x5dBi external antennas plus 2x high gains smart internal antennas, providing wider WiFi coverage and signal.

Supports WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) feature. WMM (QoS) feature gives priority... »

Amped Wireless RTA2600-R2 Wireless Router
Athena-R2 High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router

Built with a 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor, 16 high power amplifiers, and 4 high gain antennas, the ATHENA-R2 delivers up to 2.53Gbps, making lag and buffering a thing of the past for everyone.

The ATHENA-R2 also features MU-MIMO technology that enables multiple devices to receive data at once, granting uninterrupted streaming for all and up to 4X faster speeds. Get rid of your Wi-Fi dead zones,... »

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 (26 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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