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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 admits tracking users' location even when setting disabled
2017-11-22 16:54 EST by Daniela

A recent report reveals Android has been forcing location tracking on even if a user had chosen to turn it off. An investigation by Quartz discovered that smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system continued to track a user's general location even when location services were turned off, the phone didn't have a SIM card, and no apps were installed. As long as the device was... »

Skype disappears from China's app stores
2017-11-21 15:30 EST by Daniela

Apple today removed Skype and a few other apps from its app store in China, because they were considered violating local laws by country's government."We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over Internet protocol apps do not comply with local law," an Apple spokeswoman told The New York Times. "These apps remain available in all other markets where they do... »

FCC overhauls the Lifeline program
2017-11-20 15:36 EST by Daniela

The FCC has made major changes Thursday to its Lifeline program that discounts phone service for low-income U.S.residents. The FCC expanded the program to include broadband last year, and has given participating households a $9.25 per month credit to use for internet access.The changes immediately affect discounts available on Tribal lands by vastly limiting who can receive them. The commission... »

Intel announces commercial 5G modem
2017-11-17 17:16 EST by Daniela

Intel has announced that they have reached a key milestone in the development of its 5G modem that will compete with rival Qualcomm. But, perhaps more importantly, it puts Intel in a more favorable position to be Apple's 5G modems partner. Apple is reportedly working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. A 5G iPhone would be revolutionary, and thus,... »

FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules
2017-11-16 12:22 EST by Daniela

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on whether to overturn its own net neutrality rules next month. In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to withdraw the former Obama administration's order reclassifying internet service providers as if they were utilities. Pai now plans to hold a final vote on the proposal at the FCC's Dec. 14 meeting... »

Asus GT-AC5300 Wireless Router
ROG Rapture Wireless-AC5300 Tri-band Gaming Router

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router is designed to optimize your gaming network.

The ROG-themed Gaming Center interface provides easy point-and-click control over every feature. Game Dashboard provides a real-time heads-up about all of your devices and connections, while Game IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) and Game Boost are the command centers for frontline network security and... »

Netgear R6020 Wireless Router
802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Router

The NETGEAR AC750 Dual Band WiFi Router delivers 300+433 Mbps WiFi speeds, up to 3x faster than 802.11n.

Simultaneous dual band reduces interference for reliable connections.

The AC750 WiFi Router is compatible with current and future WiFi devices and backward compatible with 802.11n devices.

External antennas improve WiFi signal strength for extended range and reliable connections... »

Belkin F9K1127 Wireless Range Extender
AC1200 Wireless-AC Range Extender

The Belkin AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender, F9K1127 is an 802.11ac 2x2 simultaneous dual-band wireless range extender that can extend your speed up to 1200 Mbps.

The range extender can also focus the Wi-Fi signal directly to your connected devices for optimal performance, thanks to Beamforming Technology.

Cross Band is a feature that allows you to simultaneously use of both bands of... »

Hitron CGN3 Cable Gateway
Wireless Cable Gateway

The Hitron CGN3 is a NAT-capable cable modem and wireless access point that allows you to connect your computers, wireless devices, and other network devices to one another, and to the Internet via the cable connection. It supports DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0 (24-channel downstream, 8-channel upstream).

The device supports wired security: stateful inspection firewall with intrusion detection system,... »

Actiontec T3200 DSL Wireless Router
Bonded VDSL2 Wireless AC Gateway

The T3200 supports ADSL2+, bonded VDSL2, vectoring, SFP for, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp/MDU).

Dual band WiFi (802.11n/ac) delivers wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps to enable your customers to get the best streaming and broadband experience anywhere in the home. Optimal antenna placement... »

Arris NVG341 DSL Wireless Router
VDSL2/ADSL2+ Gateway with 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n

The NVG341 includes advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features, security firewall, and extensive remote management features.

Тhe NVG341 uses Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, eliminating the
need for wired connections and enabling users to easily network all of their wireless 802.11b/g/n equipped devices.

Its four 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports give subscribers 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 (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 (31 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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