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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:
PayPal to acquire iZettle for $2.2 billion
2018-05-18 17:30 EST by Daniela

PayPal has announced that it will buy mobile payment company iZettle for $2.2 billion. Stockholm-based iZettle, which had advanced plans to go public, offers small businesses a miniature credit card reader that turns smartphones or tablets into payment registers. The proposed deal, the largest in PayPal's history, would give the company a stronger foothold in Europe and a real in presence... »

Google Chrome will remove the secure indicator from HTTPS sites
2018-05-17 15:42 EST by Daniela

Google today announced its next steps for how Chrome marks HTTP and HTTPS sites. Starting in September 2018, Chrome will stop marking HTTPS sites as "Secure" in its address bar. And then in October 2018, Chrome will start displaying a red "Not secure" label when users enter data into HTTP pages.Google began earlier last year by first applying that label to HTTP sites in Incognito given the... »

Senate Votes to Reverse Net Neutrality Rollback
2018-05-16 16:54 EST by Daniela

A resolution to restore the FCC's net neutrality rules passed the Senate on Wednesday. The bill has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections."Today is a monumental day," said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., during debate over the resolution. "Today we show the American people who sides with them,... »

Critical flaw found in email encryption tools
2018-05-15 10:09 EST by Daniela

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately. The weakness could allow a hacker to expose plaintext versions of encrypted messages—a nightmare scenario for users who rely on encrypted email to protect their privacy, security, and safety.The researchers... »

Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification standardizes mesh networks
2018-05-14 11:36 EST by Daniela

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh, bringing efficient, self-organizing networks that deliver a broad footprint of uniform Wi-Fi service. EasyMesh delivers a standards-based approach to deploying adaptable networks comprised of multiple access points from different vendors, extending uniform Wi-Fi coverage and enhancing performance throughout a larger service area than is possible... »

JCG Q9 Wireless Router
450Mbps High Gain Wireless Router

Q9 is a high gain wireless broadband router. It provides wireless speeds up to 450Mbps.

It 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.

Q9 features 3*5dBi fixed antennas. It supports WDS wireless bridge working... »

TP-Link RE400 Wireless Range Extender
AC1600 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK AC1600 Wi-Fi Range Extender connects to your router wirelessly, strengthening and expanding its signal into areas it can't reach on its own. The device also reduces signal interference to ensure reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home or office.

TP-LINK's RE400 comes with next generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, it's 3 times faster than the standard 802.11n speeds.... »

TP-Link RE500 Wireless Range Extender
AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender

Running up to 3x faster than traditional AC range extenders, the RE500 uses 3×3 MU-MIMO technology to serve up to three devices at once, reducing wait time and boosting Wi-Fi throughput for every device.

3-Stream technology helps reach maximum speeds of up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz, supporting your most demanding online activities, including simultaneous 4K streaming and... »

JCG JWS-530R DSL Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Router

The JWS-530R is an ADSL2+ wireless router with 24Mbps downstream and 3.5Mbps upstream.

The router supports MIMO technology with wireless transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps.

WMM, WDS and DDNS are also supported.

The following options are available for device management:
* Web Based Configuration;
* Remote management;
* Telnet management;
* Command Line Interface(CLI),... »

Tenda AP4 Wireless Access Point
N300 Wireless Desktop Access Point

AP4 is designed to boost the range of your existing WiFi and creates a stronger signal in a hard to reach areas for game consoles, printers, smart phones, tablets.

The access point supports Power over Ethernet and wall-mount design, making it flexible to deploy in any location.

The AP features multi operation modes like Universal Repeater, Client (Station), WISP to adapt various... »

SmartRG SR616ac VoIP Gateway
A/VDSL2 802.11ac Dual-Band VoIP Router

Inside the SR616ac is a highly-integrated xDSL chipset supporting 5-band VDSL2 with fallback to all legacy ADSL modes.

Advanced 802.11ac Dual-Band WiFi is provided via the integrated 802.11ac 3x3 and 802.11n 2x2 Access Point, delivering strong, reliable WiFi signal throughout the home.

With the included Gigabit SmartPort, the SR616ac can also be used as an Ethernet IAD gateway for FTTH or... »

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 (33 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 (37 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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