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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:
Samsung demonstrates stretchable display
2017-05-26 11:58 EST by Daniela

At Display Week 2017, which takes place in Los Angeles, Samsung demonstrated the first stretchable, color OLED display. Actually we've already seen flexible displays like that including the curved round the sides of the Galaxy S8 edge phone. But stretchable is different as it can bend in more than one direction. That means you can push it in or pull it out and it will flex then bounce back into... »

T-Mobile's Digits service is coming to the US next week
2017-05-25 15:09 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile US Inc. has announced a new service, that will let their customers use their phone numbers to any internet-connected device - tablets, laptops, or work-assigned phones - through a new app called Digits.With the service, T-Mobile is targeting consumers who want to use their 10-digit phone number to send and receive text messages using their computers and tablets as well. It will also be... »

Apple to begin testing 5G wireless technology
2017-05-24 14:28 EST by Daniela

Apple is reportedly in the very early stages of preparing a 5G-capable iPhone. The company applied for a license to experiment with millimeter wave wireless technology, aka 5G, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The application listed the 28 and 39-gigahertz spectrum bands."Now that the Commission has established serviced rules for these bands, Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular... »

Apple settles legal dispute with Nokia
2017-05-23 13:49 EST by Daniela

Apple and Nokia have reached an agreement over patent dispute. This happens five months after they had sued each other over royalty payments.In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding.According to the deal, Apple will be allowed to use Nokia's technology and will have to pay for it one-off payment, as... »

EternalRocks Worm Exploits 7 NSA Hacking Tools
2017-05-22 16:40 EST by Daniela

A few weeks after WannaCry ransomware started attacking users around the world, a new worm using NSA hacking tools has been discovered. This particular worm, called EternalRocks uses seven different NSA tools: EternalBlue, Eternalchampion, Eternalromance, Eternalsynergy, Doublepulsar, Architouch and SMBtouch.EternalRocks worm uses flaws in the SMB Server Message Block (SMB) shares networking... »

Novatel Wireless MiFi 7730L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
Cat 9 LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

The MiFi7730L features dual-band Wi-Fi for enhanced performance and flexibility, with a guest network for increased security.

LTE Category 9, which allows combining up to three separate LTE bands to enable a max theoretical communication speed of 450Mbps. In the US it supports the following bands: B2/B4/B5/B13/B66. Globally, it supports B3/B4/B7/B20/B28 bands.

Use the MiFi Share function of... »

TP-Link RE305 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The RE305 lets you keep more devices connected at the same time with its 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 867Mbps dual bands. Use the 2.4GHz band to send email and browse the web, and the 5GHz band for gaming and HD streaming.

RE305 is more than a wireless range extender. Simply plug the Ethernet cable into its Ethernet port to easily turn your wired internet connection into a dual band wireless access... »

AVM FRITZ!Box 6820 LTE Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
450Mbps Wireless LTE Router

Thanks to the recognized industry standard IPsec, you can establish a virtual private network to connect with your FRITZ!Box or company network. The settings can be configured on your FRITZ!Box and transferred to smartphones, tablets, and computers.

FRITZ!Box enables wireless connections of 450 Mbit/s, providing sufficient bandwidth even for larger amounts of data. It uses the 2.4 GHz... »

Tenda AC18 Wireless Router
AC1900 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Router

The 5GHz band peforms up to 1300Mbps, with the 2.4GHz frequency tops 600 Mbps. This serves combined bandwidth of 1900 Mbps.

With the Beamforming+, built-in high powered amplifiers and external antennas, its coverage ups to 500㎡, so you can enjoy lag-free gaming and uninterrupted video streaming anytime anywhere.

With 1 Gigabit WAN port and 4 Gigabit LAN ports, speeds can be up to 10x... »

Tenda FH1202 Wireless Router
High Power Wireless AC1200 Dual-band Router

The FH1202 with simultaneous dual band WiFi technology offers speeds up to 300+867Mbps and avoids interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections.

It is equipped with high powered amplifiers, 5x5 dBi external antennas to provide extreme Wi-Fi coverage and penetration.

Next Generation WiFi technology offers six times more power efficiency than conventional wireless N... »

TP-Link Archer C5200 Wireless Router
AC5200 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Advanced NitroQAMTM (1024-QAM) and 4-Stream technology increase maximum 5GHz Wi-Fi speeds by 25%, achieving combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5134Mbps.

With 2166Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 1000Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, Archer C5200 offers you the flexibility of three dedicated networks and ensures amazing wireless performance.

MU-MIMO allows the... »

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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