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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:
Apple settles legal dispute with Nokia
2017-05-23 13:49 EST by Daniela

Apple and Nokia have reached an agreement over patent dispute. This happens five months after they had sued each other over royalty payments.In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding.According to the deal, Apple will be allowed to use Nokia's technology and will have to pay for it one-off payment, as... »

EternalRocks Worm Exploits 7 NSA Hacking Tools
2017-05-22 16:40 EST by Daniela

A few weeks after WannaCry ransomware started attacking users around the world, a new worm using NSA hacking tools has been discovered. This particular worm, called EternalRocks uses seven different NSA tools: EternalBlue, Eternalchampion, Eternalromance, Eternalsynergy, Doublepulsar, Architouch and SMBtouch.EternalRocks worm uses flaws in the SMB Server Message Block (SMB) shares networking... »

FCC votes to start net neutrality rollback
2017-05-19 11:40 EST by Daniela

The FCC voted on Tuesday 2:1 to officially propose an order that would kill net neutrality rules put in place by the previous administration. These rules were designed to ensure that all online content and services get equal treatment online. However, the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, argues that they represent unnecessary government meddling in the internet's infrastructure."Today, we propose to... »

Chrome vulnerability allows hackers to steal user credentials
2017-05-18 10:42 EST by Daniela

DefenseCode security researcher Bosko Stankovic has discovered a flaw in Google's Chrome browser that allows hackers to install and automatically run a malicious file on a Windows PC to steal passwords. The vulnerability is in the default configuration of Chrome and all Windows versions supporting the browser.Due to the flaw, hackers may trick a Chrome user into downloading a Windows Explorer... »

Comcast's new wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, is now live
2017-05-17 18:27 EST by Daniela

Comcast announced today that its long-rumored new wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, is now live. Users can now sign up on the official Xfinity Mobile website.The service features an unlimited data, talk, and text plan starting at $65 a month for up to five lines ($45 per line for customers with Comcast's top X1 TV packages), or $12 per GB a month a la carte. The unlimited option has been reduced... »

Novatel Wireless MiFi 7730L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
Cat 9 LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

The MiFi7730L features dual-band Wi-Fi for enhanced performance and flexibility, with a guest network for increased security.

LTE Category 9, which allows combining up to three separate LTE bands to enable a max theoretical communication speed of 450Mbps. In the US it supports the following bands: B2/B4/B5/B13/B66. Globally, it supports B3/B4/B7/B20/B28 bands.

Use the MiFi Share function of... »

Tenda AC15 Wireless Router
1900Mbps Smart Dual-band Gigabit WiFi Router

AC15 delivers both 1300Mbps 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbps 802.11n at 2.4 GHz concurrently. Plus the Broadcom dual-core processor, you can enjoy lag-free bandwidth demanding entertainments fully, such as the HD video streaming and online gaming.

The high speed USB 3.0 features data transfer up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 and the built-in printer server makes it easy to print wirelessly.... »

Tenda 4G185 Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Advanced Mobile Hotspot

Supporting the latest generation 4G LTE Andvanced network, the 4G185 can reach up to 150Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds.

The intuitive TFT screen shows information about working status, such as connected time, battery life, signal strength, Wi-Fi status, connected users number and new short message service notice.

If you double press the WPS button for a short time, you can... »

Netgear C7100V Cable Gateway
Nighthawk DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Router with VoIP

The C7100V is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 three-in-one high-speed cable modem + AC1900 WiFi router + XFINITY Voice. 24x8 Channel Bonding technology enables faster cable Internet speeds.

This cable router gives you high-speed Internet connection with combined speeds of up to 1.9Gbps with AC19000 WiFi. Simultaneous dual band - reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices.

It... »

Linksys Velop Mesh Wireless
Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System

Velop is modular and available in a one, two or three pack. This gives you the freedom to place additional nodes to reach difficult spots like the basement or backyard for flawless Wi‑Fi everywhere.

The router provides a dedicated wireless link between each router in addition to the two required for devices to connect to it - alongside the option for a Ethernet-based wired backhaul and... »

Comtrend VR-3060u DSL Wireless Router
Wireless VDSL Router

VR-3060u is a VDSL router with one Gigabit WAN and 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The router provides downstream speeds of up to 100Mbps and upstream speed of up to 60Mbps.

This is a dual band router, supporting 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards.

A built-in USB3.0 port can be used to connect the router to printers, 3G dongles, HDDs.

VR-3060u supports TR-069 for central... »

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 (226 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 (26 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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