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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:
Samsung demonstrates stretchable display
2017-05-26 11:58 EST by Daniela

At Display Week 2017, which takes place in Los Angeles, Samsung demonstrated the first stretchable, color OLED display. Actually we've already seen flexible displays like that including the curved round the sides of the Galaxy S8 edge phone. But stretchable is different as it can bend in more than one direction. That means you can push it in or pull it out and it will flex then bounce back into... »

T-Mobile's Digits service is coming to the US next week
2017-05-25 15:09 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile US Inc. has announced a new service, that will let their customers use their phone numbers to any internet-connected device - tablets, laptops, or work-assigned phones - through a new app called Digits.With the service, T-Mobile is targeting consumers who want to use their 10-digit phone number to send and receive text messages using their computers and tablets as well. It will also be... »

Apple to begin testing 5G wireless technology
2017-05-24 14:28 EST by Daniela

Apple is reportedly in the very early stages of preparing a 5G-capable iPhone. The company applied for a license to experiment with millimeter wave wireless technology, aka 5G, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The application listed the 28 and 39-gigahertz spectrum bands."Now that the Commission has established serviced rules for these bands, Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular... »

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... »

Netgear C6220 Cable Gateway
AC1200 DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed WiFi Cable Router

The NETGEAR C6220 is CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 two-in-one cable modem + WiFi router. This cable router gives you high-speed Internet connection with combined speeds of up to 1.2Gbps with AC12000 (300 + 900Mbps) WiFi.

This router supports 8 download & 4 upload channels for efficient & reliable Internet access and is compatible with current and next generation WiFi devices. It provides up to 340Mbps... »

Linksys EA7300 Wireless Router
Max-Stream AC1750 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

The EA7300 supports simultaneous dual band (2.4 + 5 GHz) and provides wireless speeds of up to 1750Mbps (N450 + AC1300).

The router utilizes MU-MIMO Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.

Beamforming technology optimizes performance and reduces interference by focusing wireless signal to connected devices.

Optimized for coverage in small... »

ZyXEL ARMOR Z2 Wireless Router
AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

With up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds, stream high definition movies without stutters, transfer files quicker to your mobile devices, play online games with the low latency.

The ARMOR Z2 is powered with a high end processor, giving you more routing performance for all your network hungry devices needs.

Four adjustable Antennas allow you to fine tune your wireless signals to your... »

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS815L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
LTE WiFi Hotspot

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack provides a secure data connection for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time. It offers up to 10 hours of use.

Keep track of the number of devices connected to your jetpack, your data usage, battery life & network signal strength right from the Jetpack's display.

Easily see when the device is on without pushing a button to wake the display. A quick... »

Linksys E8400 Wireless Router
AC2400 Dual-Band Wireless Router

This AC2400 (N600 + AC1733 Mbps) dual-band wireless router brings speed and reliability to your Wi-Fi connection. It is a simultaneous dual band router.

Four Gigabit Ethernet ports - which are 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet - provide faster wired speeds. A USB 3.0 port lets you add external storage or other devices to share content across your network.

If you have an external SATA... »

Actiontec C1900A DSL Wireless Router
Wireless N Bonded VDSL2 Router

The C1900A VDSL2 router features "Auto Fall Back to single-line ADSL2+/2" to seamlessly operate on ADSL2+ and ADSL2 networks. This means the same router automatically works on any VDSL or ADSL network.

MIMO smart antenna technology is included to further improve wireless performance. Users will enjoy better whole-home wireless coverage and fewer dead spots in and around the home.

The... »

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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