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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:
Google Assistant can now send or request money
2018-03-22 15:04 EST by Daniela

Starting today, Google Assistant will get Google Pay integration, which will let you use Google's voice assistant to send and receive money from your contacts. The new functionality is aimed at further reducing the headache involved in settling IOUs in an increasingly cashless environment, not to mention encouraging more Google Pay users. Like the Google Express shopping service, you'll need to... »

YouTube makes live stream easier for everyone
2018-03-21 14:30 EST by Daniela

YouTube begins rolling out a new feature that will allow users to live stream directly from their browsers without installing any additional software. YouTubers could previously go live from a desktop computer, but the process required additional equipment and software.For now, the feature is only limited to Chrome browsers, but YouTube says that it will expand to more browsers soon. To get... »

US bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency
2018-03-20 17:29 EST by Daniela

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday banning any transactions within the United States involving any digital currency issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela. The order applies to U.S. citizens as well as anyone within the United States, and includes cryptocurrency issued on or after January 9. The US has for the first time banned a cryptocurrency.Venezuela... »

Facebook under fire over Cambridge Analytica data abuse
2018-03-19 14:17 EST by Daniela

Facebook has recently suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica, for violating its Terms of Service, by collecting and sharing the personal information of up to 50 million users without their consent. The suspension of the two companies came a day before a pair of reports in the The New York Times and The Observer about how... »

Microsoft offers bug bounties for Spectre, Meltdown flaws
2018-03-16 15:39 EST by Daniela

Microsoft is offering bug bounties for a limited time to security researchers who uncover speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown. These two vulnerabilities have been causing quite a stir over the last several months. They impact almost all CPUs in use today to one extent or another, including Intel, AMD, and ARM processors going back a decade or so. Fixing... »

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... »

D-Link DIR-882 Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

The DIR-882 comes packed with speeds of up to 2,533 Mbps (800 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 1,733 Mbps in 5GHz), a high-performance dual-core processor, AC SmartBeam technology, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) with traffic prioritization, four high-performance external antennas for maximum range, a new user interface, Smart Connect and with an easy setup.

The AC2600 Wi-Fi Router comes with a 4x4... »

D-Link COVR-C1203 Mesh Wireless
AC1200 Dual-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System

COVR-C1203 is a Dual-band AC1200 MU-MIMO mesh system. With COVR-C1203 you can cover up to 5,000 square feet. It has 2x3 internal antennas.

The system supports smart roaming to seamlessly hop from one access point to the next.
It utilizes band steering to automatically connect to either 2.4GHz or 5GHz, whichever has a stronger signal.

Wired dedicated backhaul is supported.

COVR-C1203... »

Arris Touchstone TM1602 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Telephony Modem

The Touchstone DOCSIS 3.0 16x4 Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adaptor (E-MTA) TM1602 delivers two lines of primary line Voice over IP (VoIP), ultra-high speed data access, and multiple battery pack options to support telephony service during power outages. Designed as an upgradeable solution for advanced users, the TM1602 enables both home and small businesses the speed and performance achievable... »

Hitron CGNV2 VoIP Gateway
DOCSIS 3.0 eMTA Wireless Gateway

The CGNV2 delivers speeds of up to 400Mbps over its DOCSIS interface. The integrated 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Access Point improves customer experience extending range and coverage. For wired clients, the 2 fast Ethernet ports offer fast connections.

The CGNV2 supports full IPv4 routing features, as well as, full support for IPv6 routing and firewall. The CGNV2 supports DSLite for different IPv6... »

Motorola MB7420 Cable Modem
16x4 Cable Modem

Model MB7420 has all the features of a high-speed cable modem, plus Motorola extras like user-friendly setup and advanced surge and lightning protection.

The modem provides 16 downstream channels for speeds up to 686 Mbps and 4 upstream channels for speeds up to 123 Mbps.

Modem's 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) LAN port allows connection of a router, HDTV, game station, or other... »

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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