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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:
Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to widespread bug
2017-07-20 16:42 EST by Daniela

A flaw in a widely-used code library known as gSOAP has exposed millions of IoT devices, such as security cameras, to a remote attack. The vulnerability, dubbed Devil's Ivy aka CVE-2017-9765, was identified by researchers at Senrio, who singled out high-end security cameras manufactured by Axis Communications. Senrio said 249 models of 251 Axis cameras are vulnerable to unauthenticated remote... »

FBI warns parents about 'smart' toys
2017-07-19 07:07 EST by Daniela

The FBI warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the Internet. The FBI issued an advisory for parents warning that many "connected" toys contain cameras, microphones, and other sensors, including GPS, that can gather information about children."These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities... »

Google Glass is back, with a new vision
2017-07-18 18:02 EST by Daniela

Two and a half years after Google Glass waqs introduced to the public, Google announced that the project isn't dead. The giant has just been redeveloping the technology making it a practical workplace tool that saves time and money. It is now aimed at the enterprise sector and, specifically at factory workers.Dubbed Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE), the headset has been tested and deployed... »

Amazon could be working on a messaging app
2017-07-17 09:42 EST by Daniela is reportedly working on its own messaging app called Anytime, according to a report from AFTV News. The company has started surveying its customers on what features are important to them. And it seems that the retail giant decided to go for a feature rich all-in-one app that can rival existing social networks. The messaging service will have voice, video calls, photos sharing... »

Facebook is working on a $200 wireless Oculus VR headset
2017-07-14 17:09 EST by Daniela

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch a cheaper version of its Oculus Rift headset called Pacific. It will be more compact than the existing Oculus Rift ($499.99) and lighter than the Gear VR. The device is expected to go on sale next year with prices starting at around $200 and represents an entirely new category. Currently VR hardware comes in two flavors: cheap headsets that turn... »

TP-Link TL-WR945N Wireless Router
450Mbps Wireless N Router

A steel exterior effectively dissipates heat in all directions, as well as prevents outside signal interference. Even in high-temperature conditions, the TL-WR945N evenly distributes operational heat up to 50% faster than traditional routers, ensuring long-term stability.

The TL-WR945N reaches up to 450Mbps Wi-Fi, the maximum available on a single 2.4GHz band, delivering smooth speed for your... »

Symantec Norton Core Wireless Router
AC2600 Wireless Security Router

Core discovers smart devices, identifies vulnerabilities and secures them all. If a device is ever breached, Core quarantines the threat.

With this router parents can monitor and manage screen time by person, control time limits by device, and set content filters. They can even pause the entire network.

Core has a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz and more memory and flash storage than... »

Asus DSL-N17U DSL Wireless Router
Wireless-N300 Gigabit ADSL/VDSL Router

The DSL-N17U has two WAN ports, allowing it to be used as a standalone router when not operating as a DSL modem router.

With built-in two USB ports, connect external storage drives, printers, scanners and many other USB-enabled devices to share with your networked PCs. Having your devices networked, lets you access them easier than ever before.

ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens... »

Linksys LRT214 Broadband Router
Business Gigabit VPN Router

OpenVPN server support allows OpenVPN clients running on employees' laptops, smartphones, and tablets to connect to the offices using two-factor authentication.

The integrated firewall supports URL filtering and access rules that allow administrator to further regulate the traffic within the business network based on the services (i.e. TCP/UDP ports) and source/destination IP... »

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... »

Tenda 4G185 Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Advanced Mobile Hotspot

Supporting the latest generation 4G LTE Andvanced network, the 4G185 can reach up to 150Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds.

The intuitive TFT screen shows information about working status, such as connected time, battery life, signal strength, Wi-Fi status, connected users number and new short message service notice.

If you double press the WPS button for a short time, you can... »

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 (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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