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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:
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... »

Mozilla launches Firefox Focus for Android
2017-06-21 11:55 EST by Daniela

Mozilla has released a version of its Focus browser for Android. The private browser is very light-weight – only 4MB.Previously limited to iOS, Firefox Focus automatically blocks ads and many of the trackers that normally follow you around the web and slow down your browsing. This allows you to surf the web undetected. It also makes it easier to erase your browsing history.Android-specific... »

Massive Skype outage reported
2017-06-20 13:01 EST by Daniela

The popular video chat app Skype is suffering widespread outage that prevents users from accessing the service. Users across UK, USA, Europe and Asia are affected. Problems first began on Monday, with Skype admitting that its users had been plagued by connectivity problems. "We are aware of an incident where users will either lose connectivity to the application and may be unable to send or... »

CIA has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years
2017-06-19 10:15 EST by Daniela

According to new documents published by WikiLeaks, the CIA has been monitoring internet traffic of users by hacking their home routers.The hacking software, known as CherryBlossom, is designed to allow CIA agents to replace the firmware of a wireless router with custom code that allows them to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices remotely. WikiLeaks... »

Sagemcom F@st 5350 DSL Wireless Router
VDSL2 Media Gateway

Sagemcom Fast 5350 is dedicated to the Triple-play ADSL2+/VDSL2 services with bonding and G.Vector capability, Wi-Fi 11n access and DECT CAT-iq 2.0 base (optional).

The router also features 1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port and 5 10/100/1000 LAN... »

Netgear CM700 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem

The NETGEAR CM700 High Speed Cable Modem provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 1.4 Gbps.

It is CableLabs certified DOCSIS 3.0 modem that is capable of speeds up to 32 times faster than 2.0 devices. The Gigabit Ethernet port provides faster access and downloads as well.

32 downstream & 8 upstream channels provide efficient and reliable Internet access. This... »

Sagemcom F@st 2704 Air Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
LTE Wi-Fi Multimedia Router

F@st 2704 Air is a LTE FDD cat3 + 3G wireless router. It provides full speed LTE (up to 100Mbps) and 3G fallback (up to 42 Mbps).

With Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n support, the router connects your wireless devices with speed up to 300Mbps.

DLNA media server, Samba and UPnP protocols are also supported.

The router can be managed... »

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... »

Sagemcom F@st 2705 DSL Wireless Router
Wireless ADSL2 Router

F@st 2705 is a wireless ADSL2 router. It has 4 10/100Mbps LAN ports and supports wireless transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps.

Windstream uses this router for its... »

Ubiquiti Amplifi Wi-Fi Mesh Wireless
Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

AmpliFi Routers and MeshPoints are designed to work in combination to eliminate any dead spots in your home. They utilize mesh technology. The Router features an intuitive touchscreen display and the MeshPoints display wireless signal performance.

The AmpliFi MeshPoint features an adjustable antenna and fits discreetly in any household, wherever dead spots need coverage. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi,... »

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 (226 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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