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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:
Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users
2019-04-18 13:09 EST by Daniela

Facebook "unintentionally" harvested the email contacts of about 1.5 million of its users during the past three years. Since May 2016 Facebook was asking some new users for the password to their email account. If users entered their email password then Facebook used it to access their contact list and upload the contents to its servers without asking for permission. The information grabbed is... »

Apple and Qualcomm settle patent dispute
2019-04-17 17:41 EST by Daniela

Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm have finally settled their years-long legal battle over billions of dollars in royalties and licensing fees. The two companies agreed Tuesday to end all litigation, including with Apple's contract manufacturers, in a settlement that involves Apple paying Qualcomm an undisclosed amount. The companies also came to six-year license agreement, effective April 1, as well... »

Internet Explorer bug affects even those who never use the browser
2019-04-16 16:08 EST by Daniela

Security researcher John Page warns that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a critical security flaw that allows hackers to spy on you and steal personal data from your PC. You may think that you're not concerned, because you don't use IE. However, the flaw that's been discovered can be exploited even if you never intentionally use Internet Explorer.The exploit revolves around a file format that... »

Amazon to launch a free music streaming service
2019-04-15 17:00 EST by Daniela

According to Billboard, Amazon wants to launch its own free, ad-supported music streaming service in the coming weeks. The alleged service would be made available through the Amazon Echo smart speakers. The service's catalog would allegedly be 'limited,' with Amazon offering record labels payments per stream initially. Ad-supported free music streaming services remain popular with a number of... »

Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa
2019-04-12 17:49 EST by Daniela

A recent report from Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon has a team of thousands of workers who are listening to what you tell Alexa, its digital assistant which can be found on many Echo devices that the company has since sold. According to the company, this is more about analyzing speech in a bid to improve Alexa, and less about spying on customers to sell their personal information. In cases of... »

Netgear RAX120 Wireless Router
Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router

RAX120 delivers up to 6Gbps speeds—1200+4800 Mbps with 12-stream connectivity. A 2.2GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance.

FDMA allows efficient data transmission up to 8 devices at the same time. 8-stream MU-MIMO enables up to four (4) 2x2 devices to stream content at the same time.

The router has one 5G/2.5G/1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN port, providing 5 times the... »

Actiontec GT784WNV DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ Wireless Router

The GT784WNV supports 802.11n out of the box. With fast wireless N speeds, you can do more faster. And backward compatibility with 802.11b/g devices gives you the flexibility you need to connect all your wireless devices.

The router offers enterprise-level security, including a fully customizable firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, denial of service protection, content filtering, and... »

TP-Link Archer A5 Wireless Router
AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Router

With 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps over the the crystal clear 5GHz band, the Archer A5 is suitable for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks.

Extensive device management capabilities allow you to freely adjust settings for every device connected to your router.

Parental controls allow the network administrator to restrict for children, limit... »

SimpliNET SN3E Mesh Wireless
AC2100 Mesh WiFi Range Extender with Firewall Network Defense

This SimpliNET2 Range Extender provides up to 1500-2000 sq. ft of additional strong, super-fast, and reliable WiFi coverage. The SimpliNET2 mesh system supports up to 10 Range Extenders (additional units sold separately).

RATtrap Smart Firewall secures networked devices from malware and phishing with hourly threat intelligence updates (free 12-month subscription from IoT Defense); also... »

Askey RT5010W Wireless Router
AC6100 MU-MIMO Wireless Router

This router is equipped with MU-MIMO and delivers up to 6100Mbps bandwidth. It dynamically adapts to the number of connected devices to distribute an optimal bandwidth simultaneously to each of them.

The 11ax technology enables the Askey 11ax WiFi router to significantly conserve the battery life of the connected devices - which makes it a suitable device particularly for IoT... »

Netgear Orbi CBK40 Mesh Wireless
Orbi WiFi System with Built-in Cable Modem

This Orbi WiFi System comes with an Orbi Router (CBR40) with a built-in Cable Modem and a Satellite (RBS20). Easily set up and create a whole home mesh WiFi system that delivers wider WiFi coverage.

It covers homes up to 4,000 square feet with strong WiFi signals. Tri-Band WiFi helps maximize the Internet speeds available in your home. The system provides a total of 2200Mbps wireless speeds... »

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 (228 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 (36 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 (46 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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