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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:
Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed
2017-09-22 11:18 EST by Daniela

Facebook, Microsoft and Telefonica subsidiary Telxius, have announced the completion of their joint project Marea - a 6,600 Km-long subsea cable connecting the US to the north of Spain. The cable spreads from from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao in northern Spain. Called Marea, after the Spanish word for "tide", the subsea cable has data capacity of 160 terabits per second.It runs along a... »

Google Acquires HTC's Pixel Division
2017-09-21 16:33 EST by Daniela

Google has struck a long rumored deal with HTC. However the search giant hasn't bought the phone maker. Instead, it has paid $1.1 billion to HTC to acquire the team behind its Pixel devices. They'll leave HTC and join Google's ranks. Google will also receive a non-exclusive license to some HTC intellectual property, the companies said Thursday. HTC will still be a separate company, even after... »

Sprint and T-Mobile renew merger talks
2017-09-20 15:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly in active merger talks again. A merger between T-Mobile and Sprint - the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers, respectively - would create a powerful wireless company capable of taking on Verizon and AT&T.T-Mobile CEO John Legere would be expected to lead any combination that comes from a deal, though Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son would want a say in how the... »

Malware discovered in CCleaner put millions of users at risk
2017-09-19 15:58 EST by Daniela

The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner, has been hacked. Its users have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in certain versions of the tool. Anyone who downloaded or updated the software between mid-August to mid-September also downloaded malware without realizing it. "We confirmed that this malicious version of... »

Pirate Bay uses visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency
2017-09-18 10:36 EST by Daniela

The world's most popular torrent website The Pirate Bay hijacked its users' CPUs to mine digital currency. TPB’s visitors recently discovered JavaScript code on the website which revealed that a cryptocurrency miner was embedded on the site. And this was happening without the user's knowledge, of course.This code makes use of visitor's processors to mine Monero digital coins. It's not a... »

Samsung Connect Home Pro Mesh Wireless
Whole Home Wi-Fi System

Samsung Connect Home Pro is easily expandable. Each router has a range of 1,500 square feet, and users can wirelessly connect up to five Samsung Connect Home devices for mesh network coverage of 7,500 square feet.

With SmartThings hub functionality, Connect Home Pro allows you to connect hundreds of compatible cameras, lights, voice assistants, and more to control you home from your phone,... »

Comtrend WAP-5940 Wireless Bridge
Wireless Video Bridge

WAP-5940 uses 802.11ac/n/a wireless chipset, combining high PHY/data link speed with reliable high data throughput.

MU-MIMO supported to offer reliability and more data transmission to different users simultaneously.

A WPS button allows the router to easily connect to other WPS-enabled devices.

Smart Channel Select function ensures that the best channel is always in... »

Arris 5268AC VoIP Gateway
VDSL2/ADSL2+ 802.11ac VoIP Router with HomePNA

The 5268AC integrated 4x4 5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point allows service providers to securely deliver high-quality HD video and data to any location in a subscriber's home. Using the most up-to-date wireless standard (802.11ac), residential customers receive traditional "wired" levels of service and quality, while service providers enjoy the benefits of shortened installation times and... »

Arris Touchstone DG3450 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.1 Gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi & MoCA 2.0

The Touchstone DG3450 is a DOCSIS 3.1 home 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 a 4-port gigabit router and a dual band 802.11n and 802.11ac Wave2 wireless access point with battery back-up into a single integrated device.

The MoCA 2.0 interface with channel... »

Motorola MB7220 Cable Modem
8x4 Cable Modem

Motorola MB7220 provides high-speed Internet for a computer, router, HDTV, game station, or streaming media device. To give Internet access to many devices, plug in any router you like.

The 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem provides speeds up to 343 Mbps, eight times faster than DOCSIS 2.0. A Full-Band Capture digital tuner ensures a faster, more reliable Internet.

Setup is fast and easy with a... »

Arris Touchstone DG2460 Cable Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 Gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi

The Touchstone DG2460 is a DOCSIS3.0 home data gateway supporting 24 x 8 channel bonding for up to 960Mbps of broadband data. It combines a 4-port gigabit router, and a dual band 802.11ac wireless access point.

The router offers advanced feature support with Guest SSID, DLNA, and File Sharing. It provides wireless speed of up to 1750Mbps.

The DG2460 serves as the hub of service delivery in... »

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 (27 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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