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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,... »

Hamlet HR150B3G Travel Router
3G Wi-Fi Router and Battery bank

HR150B3G is a 3G pocket Wi-Fi router that allows you to have 4 products in 1: 3G Router, Access Point, Battery bank and Micro SD storage up to 32GB.

HR150B3G allows to share the 3G Internet connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi devices.

The router supports the following bands:
* Frequency range UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100MHz
* Frequency range GSM/GPRS/EDGE:... »

JCG JHR-AC946R Wireless Router
AC4200 High Power Long Range Router

JHR-AC946R is a dual band long range router. It features high power antennas providing a total of 4200Mbps wireless speeds available over its over its 2.4GHz (800Mbps) and 5GHz (1733Mbps + 1733Mbps) bands.

The router allows you to connect to secure network fast and easy using WPS. Thanks to the built-in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, the router can act as a printer server.

JHR-AC946R features... »

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... »

Motorola MG7540 Cable Gateway
16x4 AC1600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Cable Router

The Motorola Model MG7540 cable modem with built-in router supports modem speeds up to 686 Mbps. With its high speed and IPv4 and IPv6 networking support, this is a product designed and built for use today and for years to come.

The embedded AC1600 Dual Band wireless router provides the range, wireless speeds and networking support needed for multimedia, Internet video and high-performance... »

Asus RT-AC86U Wireless Router
AC2900 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Gaming Router

NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream (4x4) speeds of up to 2167Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917Mbps.

RT-AC86U has an extra internal 5GHz antenna to provide the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream performance, while RangeBoost significantly improves mid- to long-distance Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, RT-AC86U's 1.8GHz 64bit dual-core processor brings... »

Netgear XR500 Wireless Router
Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router

XR500 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router optimizes your internet connection by stabilizing ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping you in the game with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for fast-paced gaming.

Personalize your gaming dashboard to view real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping and many other parameters.

Geo Filter lets you fix your gaming lag by limiting distance... »

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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