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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:
New Android spyware can steal data in many ways
2018-01-19 15:51 EST by Daniela

Security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a new piece of Android malware present in 53 different apps—one of which was downloaded more than 100,000 times. Dubbed GhostTeam after strings in the code, the malware was first published in April 2017 and was disguised in the official Android marketplace as utility apps, performance boosters, and social media video downloaders.GhostTeam... »

Google's Project Fi offers unlimited plan
2018-01-18 13:40 EST by Daniela

The Google Project Fi wireless service has added an unlimited data plan similar to those offered by carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The feature is rolling out today to individual subscribers and group plans.Project Fi normally costs $20 for the first line, $15 for each additional phone line, $10 for each additional tablet, and $10 per 1GB of data. With Bill Protection, you won't pay... »

Bitcoin drops to half its peak price in a month
2018-01-17 14:07 EST by Daniela

Bitcoin fell below $10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price. The value of one bitcoin fell to $9,958 before making a slight recovery, according to a price index run by the news site Coindesk.Bitcoin had a stellar year in 2017, starting at around $800 and steadily gaining value, before touching an all-time high of $19,783 on December 17th. The cryptocurrency's price was buoyed as... »

Google to build three new underwater cables in 2019
2018-01-16 12:49 EST by Daniela

Google has announced plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors haven't touched with similar projects.The subsea cables include: Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, a consortium cable connecting the United States to Denmark and Ireland; and Hong... »

Congress votes to extend US surveillance law
2018-01-15 15:58 EST by Daniela

The Senate voted 69 to 26 Thursday to start debate on the bill, which would extend for six years the National Security Agency's ability to collect from U.S. companies the emails and other communications of foreign targets located outside the United States. The vote came hours after the House voted 256 to 164 to approve the legislation and is a sign that lawmakers intend to move swiftly to pass... »

SmartRG SR700ac Multi-WAN Router
LTE + A/VDSL2 + 5-Port 802.11ac Dual-Band WiFi

The SR700ac integrates Category 4 LTE, 802.11ac WiFi, and xDSL technologies in one product.

Inside the SR700ac is a highly-integrated DSL chipset supporting 5-band VDSL2 with fallback to all legacy ADSL modes. 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps is built-in - no external USB LTE modem needed.

Advanced 802.11ac Dual-Band WiFi delivers a strong , reliable WiFi signal for up to 128 clients.... »

ZTE MF275R Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Wireless Router

The ZTE MF275R Rocket Hub provides both high speed internet and voice services for a better connected experience. Connect up to 2 home phones by using the RJ11 ports of MF275R.

Connect up to 20 Wi-Fi devices and enjoy crystal-clear unlimited nationwide calling; even if you lose power, there's up to 18 hours of standby time.

The router supports the following 4G LTE bands: 2/4/7/12/17. It is... »

Netgear C7800 Cable Gateway
Nighthawk X4S DOCSIS 3.1 Ultra-High Speed Cable Router

The C7800 is a two-in-one—DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem + WiFi Router. AC3200 WiFi with up to 3.2 Gbps (1000 Mbps + 2200 Mbps) delivers multiple HD videos with ease.

2 DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM downstream channels & 2 DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM upstream channels provide up to 1 Gbps download speed.

1.5GHz dual core processor boosts performance for streaming & gaming. Simultaneous dual band - reduces interference for... »

Arris SVG2482AC Cable Gateway
VoIP Cable Gateway

The ARRIS SURFboard SVG2482AC is a DOCSIS 3.0 telephony cable modem and four-port
Ethernet router device with Wi-Fi and optional battery backup.

It uses DOCSIS 3.0 technology to provide high-speed Internet access on your home or small business network. Using the connection capabilities of the gateway, you can connect your client device and other network-enabled devices via the four Ethernet... »

Asus BRT-AC828 Wireless Router
AC2600 Dual-WAN VPN Wi-Fi Router

Dual-band AC2600 Wi-Fi not only allows fast and stable connections to multiple devices, but it also offers wider coverage — up to 100 meters on the 2.4GHz band in open areas. Even in complex office layouts, the 4x4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) MU-MIMO design with four external antennas and fine-tuned power output ensures optimized reception for the best possible performance.

For the ultimate... »

ALFA R36 Wireless Router
3G & Wifi USB Extender/Router

The R36 provides data rates of up to 150Mbps and is compatible with legacy 802.11b/g equipment.

A USB port allows for connecting a 3G USB modem to the router.

A built-in firewall with SPI protects the internal host from hacker attacks. Wireless security is comprehensive and includes WPA/WPA2 PSK.

The router also features WDS, Dual SSIDs, Static Routing, QoS 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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