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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's Project Fi offers unlimited plan
2018-01-18 13:40 EST by Daniela

The Google Project Fi wireless service has added an unlimited data plan similar to those offered by carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The feature is rolling out today to individual subscribers and group plans.Project Fi normally costs $20 for the first line, $15 for each additional phone line, $10 for each additional tablet, and $10 per 1GB of data. With Bill Protection, you won't pay... »

Bitcoin drops to half its peak price in a month
2018-01-17 14:07 EST by Daniela

Bitcoin fell below $10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price. The value of one bitcoin fell to $9,958 before making a slight recovery, according to a price index run by the news site Coindesk.Bitcoin had a stellar year in 2017, starting at around $800 and steadily gaining value, before touching an all-time high of $19,783 on December 17th. The cryptocurrency's price was buoyed as... »

Google to build three new underwater cables in 2019
2018-01-16 12:49 EST by Daniela

Google has announced plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors haven't touched with similar projects.The subsea cables include: Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, a consortium cable connecting the United States to Denmark and Ireland; and Hong... »

Congress votes to extend US surveillance law
2018-01-15 15:58 EST by Daniela

The Senate voted 69 to 26 Thursday to start debate on the bill, which would extend for six years the National Security Agency's ability to collect from U.S. companies the emails and other communications of foreign targets located outside the United States. The vote came hours after the House voted 256 to 164 to approve the legislation and is a sign that lawmakers intend to move swiftly to pass... »

Skype is Testing New Private Conversations With End-to-End Encryption
2018-01-12 10:32 EST by Daniela

Skype is currently testing a new feature called Private Conversations, which is protected by end-to-end encryption and made possible by Microsoft's partnership with Signal.In a short blog post on Jan. 11, Microsoft officials noted that the coming end-to-end encryption will work for audio calls, text messaging, and image, audio, and video file transmission."Skype is one of the most popular... »

D-Link DIR-X6060 Wireless Router
AX6000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

D-Link announced the DIR-X6060 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:
Multi-Gig Internet Speeds Ready: One 2.5 Gbps WAN port/Four Gigabit LAN ports
MU-MIMO: Both the DIR-X6060 and DIR-X9000 routers support 4x4 MU-MIMO
8 High-Performance Antennas: Deliver... »

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... »

SmartRG SR555ac DSL Wireless Router
FTTH/Bonded VDSL2 Dual-Band 802.11ac WiFi Router

With integrated support for the ITU-T's G.993.5 Vectoring specification, the SR555ac works in conjunction with vectoring-enabled DSLAMs to remove crosstalk interference, allowing lines to reach their full bandwidth potential, as if they were the only lines in the cable binder.

The SR555ac bonds two xDSL lines, extending the rate/reach of high-bandwidth services and providing high-availability... »

Netgear R6120 Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Router

The AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router provides WiFi connectivity throughout your home for all your Internet-enabled devices. It supports wi-fi speeds of up to 1200 Mbps (300+867 Mbps).

Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi provides two separate WiFi networks—2.4GHz for legacy devices and 5GHz which is less interference-prone for media streaming

The router supports Push 'N' Connect—easy push button... »

Motorola MR1900 Wireless Router
Smart AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Power Boost

The MR1900 has supercharged AC1900 Wi-Fi (600Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1300Mbps at 5 GHz), a high-speed dual core processor, smart Quality of Service (QoS) to minimize delays, automatic traffic prioritization, lightning and power surge protection, and more.

Provides shared network storage for files including videos and music when a USB memory device is plugged into the MR1900's USB 3.0 or USB 2.0... »

TP-Link TL-WR945N Wireless Router
450Mbps Wireless N Router

A steel exterior effectively dissipates heat in all directions, as well as prevents outside signal interference. Even in high-temperature conditions, the TL-WR945N evenly distributes operational heat up to 50% faster than traditional routers, ensuring long-term stability.

The TL-WR945N reaches up to 450Mbps Wi-Fi, the maximum available on a single 2.4GHz band, delivering smooth speed for your... »

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 (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 (32 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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