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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:
Cisco to acquire BroadSoft
2017-10-23 15:52 EST by Daniela

Cisco has announced plans to acquire BroadSoft in a deal worth $1.9 billion. Cisco will pay $55 per share in cash in exchange for each BroadSoft share.BroadSoft, based in Gaithersburg in Maryland, offers software and services that give mobile and cable service operators the ability to offer inclusive communications over their networks."We believe that our combined offers, from Cisco's... »

Huawei might release a foldable phone next year
2017-10-20 17:22 EST by Daniela

It turns out that Samsung is not the only company to develop a foldable phone. Huawei may release a foldable Android smartphone as early as next year, according to its Chief Executive Officer Richard Yu. Currently, Huawei's foldable phone has two screens with a "small gap" between them. Unfortunately, there are no other details on this phone right now."We already have a working sample," Yu said.... »

Verizon delays their Live TV streaming service till spring
2017-10-19 16:22 EST by Daniela

The launch of Verizon's long rumored online TV service will be delayed till spring 2018. The reason for this is the company is struggling to complete content deals with major networks. Media companies were hesitant because there wasn't a solid plan in place for the service in terms of pricing, programming and tech.The new online package, which the telcom confirmed it was working on in May, is a... »

Google announces 'Advanced Protection' for vulnerable accounts
2017-10-18 17:19 EST by Daniela

Google has launched Advanced Protection Program (APP), designed to keep users online safe from hacking and phishing attempts. The program targets a "minority" of users that are considered particularly at risk of being on the receiving end of a targeted attack. These can be journalists, human rights defenders, environment campaigners and civil society activists working on any number of sensitive... »

Qualcomm shows first 5G reference phone
2017-10-17 15:54 EST by Daniela

Qualcomm has achieved the first 5G data connection using the X50, which reached gigabit speeds using the 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. The company also showed off its first 5G smartphone reference design, which will help guide phone makers as they start working on next year's devices. The trial was conducted in the company's San Diego lab, using several 100MHz carriers; Qualcomm's SDR051... »

SmartRG SR360n DSL Wireless Router
ADSL2+ 4-Port Gateway with WiFi

The SR360n DSL gateway provides high performance and flexibility for broadband and IPTV subscribers. It combines a full-rate ADSL modem with a wireless access point using 802.11n WiFi technology. It can be used as an Ethernet or DSL gateway, and includes a router, firewall, and TR-069 management.

The SR360n is designed with ease of deployment in mind. The automatic broadband connection feature... »

Arris Touchstone TM1602 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Telephony Modem

The Touchstone DOCSIS 3.0 16x4 Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adaptor (E-MTA) TM1602 delivers two lines of primary line Voice over IP (VoIP), ultra-high speed data access, and multiple battery pack options to support telephony service during power outages. Designed as an upgradeable solution for advanced users, the TM1602 enables both home and small businesses the speed and performance achievable... »

Motorola MR1900 Wireless Router
Smart AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Power Boost

The MR1900 has supercharged AC1900 Wi-Fi (600Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1300Mbps at 5 GHz), a high-speed dual core processor, smart Quality of Service (QoS) to minimize delays, automatic traffic prioritization, lightning and power surge protection, and more.

Provides shared network storage for files including videos and music when a USB memory device is plugged into the MR1900's USB 3.0 or USB 2.0... »

Actiontec M6240L Wireless Router
802.11ac Gigabit Wireless Router

The device offers Gigabit speeds to the home and inside the home network, including Gigabit Ethernet and SFP Cage on the WAN side, and 802.11ac WiFi, bonded MoCA 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet for faster wireless and wired performance inside the home.

Dual-band 802.11ac supports wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps, while beamforming technology helps boost signal speed and range. Quad stream 4x4... »

Arris Touchstone TG3452 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.1 VoIP Gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi & MoCA 2.0

The Touchstone TG3452 is a DOCSIS 3.1 home telephony gateway supporting 2x192 MHz OFDM in the downstream and 2x96MHz OFDMA in the upstream along with 32x8 channel bonding for up to 2.5 Gbps of broadband data.

It combines two FXS ports of carrier-grade VoIP, a 4-port gigabit router and a dual band wireless access point with battery back-up into a single integrated device.

The router... »

Asus DSL-AC88U DSL Wireless Router
AC3100 Dual-Band ADSL/VDSL Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology on the DSL-AC88U delivers a combined 3167 Mbps Wi-Fi speed, ensuring everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming.

Delivering a total speed of up to 900Mbps, DSL-AC88U features the latest technology and ensures fast network speeds and smooth performance for all bandwidth-intensive tasks.

Advanced parental controls... »

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 (29 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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