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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:
Bitcoin prices reach new all-time high of $4,500
2017-08-18 14:46 EST by Stella

Bitcoin reached an all-time high, surging past $4,500 for the first time. Since setting its most recent all-time high of $4,483 on August 15, prices have fluctuated in the $4,000-$4,200 range until rising again Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning, the price of the crypto asset rose to $4,501. The cryptocurrency has more than quadrupled in value since December.Bitcoin's market capitalization is... »

Cox communications begins charging more to avoid usage caps
2017-08-16 14:00 EST by Stella

Large ISPs have abused the lack of competition in the broadband market for years, by imposing arbitrary usage caps and overage fees. Caps raise rates and protect TV revenues from streaming video competition.Cox communications is one of many cable providers that have taken full advantage of the reduction in competition by telephone companies to drive up rates via overage fees and usage caps. Cox... »

Rats chew through fiber optic cables in London
2017-08-15 13:38 EST by Stella

Rodents have caused extensive damage in South London by chewing through 96 fiber optic cables, leaving customers without broadband. Customers of both Sky and TalkTalk were were affected after Thursday evening, when the incident was first reported with both firms apologizing.Sky Help Team tweeted on Saturday morning: "South London. Engineers have continued to work overnight & will continue... »

DNA exploited to hack a computer
2017-08-11 17:25 EST by Daniela

University of Washington researchers successfully stored malware in synthetic DNA strands, and used it to gain control of the computer analyzing it.The researchers explained their experiment in a paper titled "Computer Security, Privacy, and DNA Sequencing: Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More"."To assess whether this is theoretically possible, we included a known... »

Facebook launching new video service, Watch
2017-08-10 16:15 EST by Daniela

Today Facebook announced its YouTube and Netflix competitor platform called Watch. Initially the service will be available to a "limited group of people in the U.S." and then will expand to more users.Watch has its own tab, denoted with a YouTube-like play button icon, on the main menu next to the Feed tab. It consists of two main pages: Discover and Watchlist. The former is where users can find... »

Sagemcom F@st 5310 DSL Wireless Router
VDSL2 Media Gateway

Sagemcom Fast 5310 is a compact auto-sensing ADSL2+ / VDSL2 type A-POTS gateway, dedicated to Triple-play VDSL2 services with G.Vector capability.

The router provides wireless speeds up to 300Mbps, thanks to the 802.11n standard.

2 FXS ports are available for VoIP services. A built-in SPI firewall protects the network against intruders.

The router features native IPv6... »

Actiontec T3200 DSL Wireless Router
Bonded VDSL2 Wireless AC Gateway

The T3200 supports ADSL2+, bonded VDSL2, vectoring, SFP for, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp/MDU).

Dual band WiFi (802.11n/ac) delivers wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps to enable your customers to get the best streaming and broadband experience anywhere in the home. Optimal antenna placement... »

Samsung Connect Home Mesh Wireless
Whole Home Wi-Fi System

Samsung Connect Home is easily expandable. Each router has a range of 1,500 square feet, and users can wirelessly connect up to five Samsung Connect Home devices for mesh network coverage of 7,500 square feet.

With SmartThings hub functionality, Connect Home allows you to connect hundreds of compatible cameras, lights, voice assistants, and more to control you home from your phone, tablet, or... »

Arris 5268AC VoIP Gateway
VDSL2/ADSL2+ 802.11ac VoIP Router with HomePNA

The 5268AC integrated 4x4 5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point allows service providers to securely deliver high-quality HD video and data to any location in a subscriber's home. Using the most up-to-date wireless standard (802.11ac), residential customers receive traditional "wired" levels of service and quality, while service providers enjoy the benefits of shortened installation times and... »

SmartRG SR630n VoIP Gateway
VDSL2 IAD + 5-Port WiFi Router

The SR630n provides high performance and flexibility for Triple-Play subscribers. Utilizing a Broadcom VDSL2 chipset, the SR630n offers increased packet processing performance, a 802.11n WiFi Access Point with internal antenna array, and multiline VoIP.

With integrated support for the ITU-T's G.993.5 Vectoring specification, the SR630n works together with DSLAMs to remove crosstalk... »

ALFA AC1200R Wireless Router
802.11ac AC1200 Wide-Range Wi-Fi Router

The AC1200R is a high speed 1200Mbps Wi-Fi Router with 4 high gain 2.4GHz+5GHz dual band antennas.

With 4 gigabit networking ports, you can connect your Smart TV, gaming console, PC, or other networking devices at fast wired connection speeds.

4 External dual-band antennas ensure minimal interference throughout living space.

Alfa AC1200R provides a stress-free installation wizard &... »

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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