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"Some of the Best Broadband Speed Tweaks on the Net"
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:
Netflix gains exclusive rights to Sony films
2021-04-09 18:11 EST by Daniela

Netflix and Sony Pictures have a new deal that will see the latter's movies appear exclusively on the former's platform for an 18-month window, starting in 2022. This deal replaces Netflix's prior agreement with Starz. Future Sony blockbusters like "Morbius," "Uncharted," "Where the Crawdads Sing," and “Bullet Train," among others, will now appear on Netflix before anywhere else.The deal comes... »

Verizon recalls 2.5 million hotspot devices due to fire hazard
2021-04-08 18:42 EST by Daniela

Verizon and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) put out a recall Thursday for the carrier's Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots, saying the gadgets have a lithium-ion battery that can overheat and create a fire or burn hazard. Verizon said it's already sent out an update for the device that will reduce some of the overheating risk but that the company will also provide free replacement... »

T-Mobile Launches 5G Home ISP Service
2021-04-07 17:48 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile's long-teased Home Internet offering is exiting the pilot stage and becoming a real product. As part of its Un-carrier Next event on Wednesday, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier finally added details to its plans to take on Comcast, Charter, rural broadband providers and AT&T and Verizon in the home broadband arena. The service costs $60 per month, or $65 without autopay,... »

Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th
2021-04-06 14:35 EST by Daniela

After more than 15 years on the internet, Yahoo! Answers is shutting down next month. Yahoo previously shut down Yahoo Groups in 2019 and deleted everything after giving users a chance to download their own content.Like many corners of the internet, Yahoo Answers has become a cesspool of conspiracy theories and outlandish questions that dragged down Yahoo's brand as it tries to move upscale. For... »

Facebook data on more than 500 million accounts found online
2021-04-05 16:26 EST by Daniela

The personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries has been leaked and published online. That includes Facebook IDs, full names, locations, phone numbers, birth dates, and email addresses of more than 32 million people in the US.The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other... »

Linksys MR6350 Mesh Wireless
MAX-STREAM Mesh WiFi 5 Router

The MR6350 covers up to 1200 square feet and handles up to 12+ devices at speeds up to 1.3 Gbps. Powered by Intelligent Mesh Technology that was built from the ground up, your devices will always be on the fastest path to the internet. If your needs change and you want to grow your network, this future-ready router expands by adding any Linksys Mesh compatible products.

With Alexa, you can... »

TP-Link Archer AX21 Wireless Router
AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router

Beamforming technology, high-power Front-End Module, and four high-gain antennas combine to adapt Wi-Fi coverage to perfectly fit your home and concentrate signal strength towards your devices.

Enjoy smooth streaming, downloading, and gaming all without buffering with Wi-Fi speeds of 1.8 Gbps (5GHz: 1201Mbps + 2.4GHz: 574Mbps).

Easily handle dozens of devices streaming and gaming at the... »

TP-Link Archer AX206 Wireless Router
AX11000 Tri-Band 10G WiFi 6E Router

Get fast 10 Gbps speed no matter through the WiFi or a cable. Wider bandwidth provides more room for more data to flow without congestion.

Enjoy unimpeded streaming on the newly opened 6 GHz band. This 3× wider band is a newly opened spectrum only for WiFi 6E and nothing else, enabling many more simultaneous transmissions at the highest speeds.

Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Up to 10 Gbps - 4804... »

Alcatel OneTouch HH71VM Mobile Router (3G, 4G, 5G)
LINKHUB LTE cat7 Home Station

Enjoy a fast LTE cat7 connection with up to 32 devices

Make LINKHUB LTE cat7 Home Station the heart of your home by connecting up to 32 devices including your smartphone, laptop, smart TV, Wi-Fi speakers and more. Providing download speeds up to 300Mbps and upload speeds up to 100Mbps, you'll always have a fast connection you can rely on.

Simplify your setup so you can start browsing... »

Actiontec WEB7100 Wireless Range Extender
WiFi 6 802.11ax Network Extender

The WiFi Network Extender WEB7100 adds 802.11ax to your network, delivering wireless speeds up to 2.5 Gbps, stream HD-quality video and play online games without any glitches or lag.

The WEB7100 offers Actiontec's SmartSteering band steering intelligence to automatically guide device traffic onto the optimal frequency for best performance of that device. Band steering guides dual-band devices... »

TP-Link Archer AX1500 Wireless Router
AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router

Archer AX1500 brings the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology to your home without breaking the bank. Upgrading your router to AX1500 means faster speeds, greater capacity, reduced latency, and more for an overall superior WiFi network. It supports wifi speeds up to 1500Mbps (300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz (802.11n) + 1201 Mbps on 5 GHz (802.11ax)).

Archer AX1500 talks to all your streaming, gaming, mobile and... »

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 (229 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 up... »

Gaming Tweaks
by Philip (49 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 8, 10, Server 2019 TCP/IP Tweaks
by Philip (42 comments)

Windows 10 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... »

How to Secure your Wireless Network
by Philip

CybersecurityA home wireless network allows all your computers, laptops, and mobile devices to communicate with an Wireless Access Point, which is in turn connected to the internet. The access point can be a separate device, or, more commonly part of a Wireless NAT router connected with a network cable to your broadband modem. It can sometimes even be built into the gateway/modem you get from your internet provider.In most cases, we find a place for a wireless router in our home and promptly forget about... »

How to Stop Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks
by Philip

DDoSDenial of Service (DoS) attacks are very common on the Internet these days, and they can make your online experience miserable. In some cases of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS), they can bring down websites, or cripple entire networks in a matter of minutes, preventing connectivity for many customers. There are different types of DoS attacks, and we've tried to explain the most common types and ways to mitigate their effects to you or your network.Types of Denial of Service (DoS)... »

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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