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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:
AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription
2018-04-20 16:23 EST by Daniela

AT&T plans to launch a new low-cost video streaming service called AT&T Watch in the next few weeks. The service, was announced by chief executive Randall Stephenson on Thursday when he testified during the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial. Stephenson brought up the new product to counter the Justice Department's argument that AT&T continues to raise prices on its traditional DirecTV satellite... »

Opera shutting down its VPN for iOS, Android
2018-04-19 10:19 EST by Daniela

Opera has confirmed that it is killing off its VPN for iOS and Android at the end of the month. The company hasn't given any reason for the move. Opera's VPN shut down is only applicable to the version launched on mobile. It seems that for now Opera's desktop browser will continue to offer VPN services.Those who are Opera Gold members (which was the commercial paid-for version of the product)... »

FCC to Launch 5G Spectrum Auctions
2018-04-18 15:13 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission this week voted to begin the process of conducting spectrum auctions later this year as part of its latest efforts meant to facilitate the deployment of the fifth generation of wireless networks in the country.The regulator proposed two auctions, with the first one being set to begin on November 14 and auction off spectrum blocks in the 28GHz band, whereas... »

T-Mobile fined $40 million for false ring tones
2018-04-17 14:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile will pay $40 million as part of a settlement with the FCC for playing ringing sounds to mislead customers into thinking their calls were going through when in fact they had never connected in the first place. The company admitted it had done so "hundreds of millions" of times over the years.The settlement, announced Monday by the Federal Communications Commission, also requires T-Mobile... »

Samsung's newest phone can't connect to the internet
2018-04-16 12:22 EST by Daniela

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy J2 Pro handset may look just like any other smartphone, but it's far from it. Samsung's latest device has one serious flaw. It doesn't allow users to go online as it comes without the option to connect to cellular data or WiFi.The device is intentionally designed to have no way to go online. Samsung's press release says the phone "blocks mobile data such as 3G,... »

JCG JWA-N2314R Wireless Range Extender
300Mbps Wireless Universal Repeater/Extender

The JWA-N2314R is a wireless range extender. It kills Wi-Fi dead zones with strong Wi-Fi signal at combined speed of up to 300Mbps.

The device supports Access point, Repeater and Client working modes. It features an external slide switch to switch between different working modes.

Two 3dBi high gain antennas provide wider network... »

Tenda F9 Wireless Router
600Mbps Whole-Home Coverage Wi-Fi Router

F9 is a wireless router that helps you quickly set up wired and wireless internet connections at home. It boasts four external antennas and offers a wireless transmission rate of as high as 600 Mbps.

F9 Beamforming+ enhances the Wi-Fi range and stability.

When you forget the broadband account and password, you can use the Broadband Account & Password Migration Function to copy the old... »

JCG JYR-AC670 Wireless Router
AC1200 High Power Long Range Router

JYR-AC670 is a dual band long range router. It features high power antennas providing a total of 1200Mbps wireless speeds available over its 2.4GHz (300Mbps) and 5GHz (867Mbps) bands.

The router allows you to connect to secure network fast and easy using WPS. Thanks to the built-in USB 2.0 port, the router can act as a printer server.

JYR-AC670 features 4*5dBi fixed antennas. It supports... »

D-Link DIR-X9000 Wireless Router
AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

D-Link announced the DIR-X9000 802.11ax ultra router at CES 2018, offering the new 802.11ax Wi-Fi technology for Gigabit WiFi Speeds. The router will be available in the second half of 2018.

Notable Features:
2.5 Gbps WAN port & Four Gigabit LAN ports
Tri-band 802.11ax WiFi with combined speeds up to 11,000 Mbps
Setup and management using D-Link Wi-Fi app
USB 3.0 port to... »

Asus DSL-AC750 DSL Wireless Router
AC750 Dual-Band ADSL/VDSL Wi-Fi Router

The ASUS DSL-AC750 is a ADSL/VDSL 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of up to 733Mbps. On the 5GHz band, 802.11ac gives 433Mbps wireless data rates, while 2.4 GHz 802.11n performance supports 300Mbps.

ASUS AiRadar enhances the Wi-Fi stability and improves coverage. The easy-to-use ASUSWRT graphical user interface unlocks the power of DSL-AC750 giving robust control to... »

Comtrend VI-3254u VoIP Gateway
AC1200 Wireless VDSL2 VoIP router

VI-3254u AC1200 is a high-speed ADSL/VDSL IAD. It provides sufficient bandwidth for high performance connection to the Internet. It has a Web-based graphic user interface (GUI), in which you can easily modify the settings and connect to your ISP.

It also provides flow statistics, connection status, and other detailed information. The VI-3254u AC1200 is easily upgraded and provides terminal... »

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 (31 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 (36 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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