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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:
Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed
2017-09-22 11:18 EST by Daniela

Facebook, Microsoft and Telefonica subsidiary Telxius, have announced the completion of their joint project Marea - a 6,600 Km-long subsea cable connecting the US to the north of Spain. The cable spreads from from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao in northern Spain. Called Marea, after the Spanish word for "tide", the subsea cable has data capacity of 160 terabits per second.It runs along a... »

Google Acquires HTC's Pixel Division
2017-09-21 16:33 EST by Daniela

Google has struck a long rumored deal with HTC. However the search giant hasn't bought the phone maker. Instead, it has paid $1.1 billion to HTC to acquire the team behind its Pixel devices. They'll leave HTC and join Google's ranks. Google will also receive a non-exclusive license to some HTC intellectual property, the companies said Thursday. HTC will still be a separate company, even after... »

Sprint and T-Mobile renew merger talks
2017-09-20 15:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly in active merger talks again. A merger between T-Mobile and Sprint - the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers, respectively - would create a powerful wireless company capable of taking on Verizon and AT&T.T-Mobile CEO John Legere would be expected to lead any combination that comes from a deal, though Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son would want a say in how the... »

Malware discovered in CCleaner put millions of users at risk
2017-09-19 15:58 EST by Daniela

The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner, has been hacked. Its users have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in certain versions of the tool. Anyone who downloaded or updated the software between mid-August to mid-September also downloaded malware without realizing it. "We confirmed that this malicious version of... »

Pirate Bay uses visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency
2017-09-18 10:36 EST by Daniela

The world's most popular torrent website The Pirate Bay hijacked its users' CPUs to mine digital currency. TPB’s visitors recently discovered JavaScript code on the website which revealed that a cryptocurrency miner was embedded on the site. And this was happening without the user's knowledge, of course.This code makes use of visitor's processors to mine Monero digital coins. It's not a... »

Actiontec T3200M DSL Wireless Router
Bonded VDSL2 Wireless AC Gateway Router

This single Bonded VDSL2 802.11ac Wireless Router with MoCA 2.0 supports ADSL2+, Bonded VDSL2, vectoring, SFP for, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Support for dual band 4x4 802.11ac (5GHz) and 3x3 802.11n (2.4GHz) delivers wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps. Optimal antenna placement extends the reach of the signal throughout the home.

With pair-bonding, the T3200M can travel on two lanes... »

Comtrend AR-5310u DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Router

AR-5310u is an 802.11n (300Mbps) Wireless ADSL2+ router comprising four 10/100 Base-T Ethernet ports, a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)/ Wi-Fi switch button, a USB Host, and is backward compatible with existing 802.11b (11Mbps) and 11g (54bps) equipment.

The AR-5310u ADSL2+ router provides security features such as 64/128 bit WEP encryption and WPA/WPA2 encryption, Firewall, and VPN pass through.... »

Ubee UBC1302 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.1 Advanced Cable Modem

The UBC1302 integrates a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and 4-port gigabit Ethernet switch.

Four 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces provide high-speed LAN capability. Link aggregation group (LAG) support across the four GigE ports provide total PHY speeds of up to 4 Gbps.

Full band capture provides channel lineup flexibility. "No block" tuner restrictions such as all DOCSIS bonding in certain... »

Arris 5168N DSL Wireless Router
802.11n VDSL2 Gateway

The 5168N residential gateway features bonded ADSL2+/VDSL2 modem technology, allowing service providers to increase rate and reach with their existing broadband infrastructure.

High-powered 802.11n 2x2 MIMO wireless technology virtually eliminates wireless "cold spots" in the home.

The 5168N gateway's transmit power and enhanced receiver sensitivity, in conjunction with optimized... »

Ubee UBH1701 Wireless Range Extender
N300 Wireless Extender

The UBH1701 plugs directly into a power outlet and allows you to cost-effectively overcome wireless weak spots and dead zones in the home or office.

Designed with speeds up to 300Mbps, the UBH1701 is fully compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards.

Conveniently and securely pair with wireless routers or other network devices via the push button WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) feature. Or,... »

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... »

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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