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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:
Intel announces commercial 5G modem
2017-11-17 17:16 EST by Daniela

Intel has announced that they have reached a key milestone in the development of its 5G modem that will compete with rival Qualcomm. But, perhaps more importantly, it puts Intel in a more favorable position to be Apple's 5G modems partner. Apple is reportedly working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. A 5G iPhone would be revolutionary, and thus,... »

FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules
2017-11-16 12:22 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on whether to overturn its own net neutrality rules next month. In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to withdraw the former Obama administration's order reclassifying internet service providers as if they were utilities. Pai now plans to hold a final vote on the proposal at the FCC's Dec. 14 meeting... »

Sprint offers free Hulu with its Unlimited Freedom plans
2017-11-15 15:40 EST by Daniela

Sprint has launched its answer to T-Mobile's free Netflix offering and AT&T's free HBO. Starting on November 17th, an Unlimited Freedom plan will come with a free Hulu Limited Commercials subscription. All new and existing customers are eligible for the perk, so long as they sign up for the offer on Sprint's website.Sprint Unlimited customers will have access to Hulu's hit TV series and movies,... »

Mozilla launches Firefox Quantum
2017-11-14 13:12 EST by Daniela

Mozilla released today the next version of its Firefox browser, called Quantum. After two months of beta testing, the 57th version of the browser is already available for public consumpton. Mozilla says Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as the versions of Firefox released in 2016. Moreover, it's less taxing on your computer's memory, and purportedly uses 30 percent less than the latest version of... »

Apple Face ID 'Fooled' by $150 Mask
2017-11-13 11:44 EST by Daniela

Cybersecurity researchers at Vietnamese firm Bkav claim to have bypassed the iPhone X's facial recognition with a specially made mask, imitating a real person's face. The mask was made from a combination of 2D and 3D parts for about $150. The researchers say that much of the model was made using an off-the-shelf 3D printer whilst other elements like skin and nose were hand-made.Bkav proved that... »

ZTE MF275R Mobile Router (3G, 4G LTE)
4G LTE Wireless Router

The ZTE MF275R Rocket Hub provides both high speed internet and voice services for a better connected experience. Connect up to 2 home phones by using the RJ11 ports of MF275R.

Connect up to 20 Wi-Fi devices and enjoy crystal-clear unlimited nationwide calling; even if you lose power, there's up to 18 hours of standby time.

The router supports the following 4G LTE bands: 2/4/7/12/17. It is... »

Comtrend VI-3234u VoIP Gateway
VDSL2 Wireless VoIP Router

VI-3234u is a VDSL2+ wireless router that not only provides both ADSL and VDSL but also supports 4 Ethernet ports. One of 4 Ethernet ports can act as WAN port.

The router supports 802.11n standard, providing wireless transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps.

Some of the supported VoIP features are Echo Cancellation, Caller ID, Call Forward, Call Waiting.

A WPS button allows the router to... »

Arris SBG7580-AC Wireless Access Point
DOCSIS 3.0 802.11ac Wi-Fi Cable Router

The SURFboard SBG7580-AC is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, 802.11AC Wi-Fi Router and 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Router, all wrapped up on one device. It has 32 download x 8 upload channels.

With Internet download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps and Wi-Fi speeds up to 1750 Mbps it is suitable to power busy home networks. Plus, with 4-Gigabit Ethernet ports it's good for HD video streaming and online gaming. No more... »

Belkin F9K1127 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wireless-AC Range Extender

The Belkin AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender, F9K1127 is an 802.11ac 2x2 simultaneous dual-band wireless range extender that can extend your speed up to 1200 Mbps.

The range extender can also focus the Wi-Fi signal directly to your connected devices for optimal performance, thanks to Beamforming Technology.

Cross Band is a feature that allows you to simultaneously use of both bands of... »

Arris 5168N DSL Wireless Router
802.11n VDSL2 Gateway

The 5168N residential gateway features bonded ADSL2+/VDSL2 modem technology, allowing service providers to increase rate and reach with their existing broadband infrastructure.

High-powered 802.11n 2x2 MIMO wireless technology virtually eliminates wireless "cold spots" in the home.

The 5168N gateway's transmit power and enhanced receiver sensitivity, in conjunction with optimized... »

Amped Wireless RE2200T Wireless Range Extender
HELIOS-EX AC2200 High Power Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

The HELIOS-EX is a tri-band range extender, specially designed for multi-device households. Built with a Quad-Core ARM Processor, 12 high power amplifiers, and 4 total high gain antennas, the HELIOS-EX delivers up to 12,000 square feet of additional Wi-Fi coverage.

DirectLink technology creates a dedicated 5GHz link to the home network, freeing up the remaining two bands, resulting in up to... »

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 (31 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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