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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 speeds up Cloud Platform with new networking algorithm
2017-07-21 15:56 EST by Daniela

Aiming to improve experience of its public cloud offerings, Google on Thursday announced the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now using a new congestion control algorithm called Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time).The improvement means that GCP customers will have faster access to their data when using GCP services like Spanner or Bigtable,... »

Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to widespread bug
2017-07-20 16:42 EST by Daniela

A flaw in a widely-used code library known as gSOAP has exposed millions of IoT devices, such as security cameras, to a remote attack. The vulnerability, dubbed Devil's Ivy aka CVE-2017-9765, was identified by researchers at Senrio, who singled out high-end security cameras manufactured by Axis Communications. Senrio said 249 models of 251 Axis cameras are vulnerable to unauthenticated remote... »

FBI warns parents about 'smart' toys
2017-07-19 07:07 EST by Daniela

The FBI warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the Internet. The FBI issued an advisory for parents warning that many "connected" toys contain cameras, microphones, and other sensors, including GPS, that can gather information about children."These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities... »

Google Glass is back, with a new vision
2017-07-18 18:02 EST by Daniela

Two and a half years after Google Glass waqs introduced to the public, Google announced that the project isn't dead. The giant has just been redeveloping the technology making it a practical workplace tool that saves time and money. It is now aimed at the enterprise sector and, specifically at factory workers.Dubbed Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE), the headset has been tested and deployed... »

Amazon could be working on a messaging app
2017-07-17 09:42 EST by Daniela is reportedly working on its own messaging app called Anytime, according to a report from AFTV News. The company has started surveying its customers on what features are important to them. And it seems that the retail giant decided to go for a feature rich all-in-one app that can rival existing social networks. The messaging service will have voice, video calls, photos sharing... »

Linksys RE6500HG Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender

The RE6500HG extends the wireless coverage area in your home by up to 10,000 square feet by repeating and redistributing the signal from the router.

The RE6500HG's two external high gain antennas are designed to eliminate the dead zones that can occur when walls or construction materials obstruct the signal between your Wi-Fi devices and the extender.

It also features Crossband... »

Netgear R7000P Wireless Router
Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

Built with gaming, streaming and mobile devices in mind, this gigabit WiFi router supports MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming and delivers fast speed so you enjoy less lag and less buffering. It provides up to 2.3Mbps speeds - 1625 + 600 Mbps.

With its 1GHz dual-core processor and Dynamic QoS, Nighthawk can prioritize bandwidth to your game so other devices on the network don't slow down your... »

Google Google Wifi Mesh Wireless
Wireless Mesh System

Google Wifi is a new type of connected system that replaces your router for seamless mesh wireless coverage throughout your home.

Network Assist is intelligent software built into Google Wifi to provide you with the fastest possible speed. Behind the scenes, Network Assist automatically helps you avoid Wi-Fi congestion, and transitions you to the closest Wifi point for the best... »

ZyXEL ARMOR Z2 Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

With up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds, stream high definition movies without stutters, transfer files quicker to your mobile devices, play online games with the low latency.

The ARMOR Z2 is powered with a high end processor, giving you more routing performance for all your network hungry devices needs.

Four adjustable Antennas allow you to fine tune your wireless signals to your... »

Belkin F9K1127 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wireless-AC Range Extender

The Belkin AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender, F9K1127 is an 802.11ac 2x2 simultaneous dual-band wireless range extender that can extend your speed up to 1200 Mbps.

The range extender can also focus the Wi-Fi signal directly to your connected devices for optimal performance, thanks to Beamforming Technology.

Cross Band is a feature that allows you to simultaneously use of both bands of... »

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS815L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
LTE WiFi Hotspot

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack provides a secure data connection for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time. It offers up to 10 hours of use.

Keep track of the number of devices connected to your jetpack, your data usage, battery life & network signal strength right from the Jetpack's display.

Easily see when the device is on without pushing a button to wake the display. A quick... »

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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