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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:
Comcast website bug leaks Xfinity customer data
2018-05-22 10:43 EST by Daniela

Security researchers have discovered a bug in the Comcast website that makes it possible to gather sensitive information on the company's customers. The website, used by customers to set up their home internet and cable service, can be tricked into displaying the home address where the router is located, as well as the Wi-Fi name and password.The vulnerability affects Comcast customers with... »

LocationSmart website flaw exposed real-time locations of 200 million Americans
2018-05-21 11:25 EST by Daniela

A website flaw at the California company LocationSmart that gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices could have allowed anyone to pinpoint the location of any AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile cellphone in the United States to within hundreds of yards, a security researcher said.A PhD candidate from Carnegie Mellon University first discovered the vulnerability and reported it to... »

PayPal to acquire iZettle for $2.2 billion
2018-05-18 17:30 EST by Daniela

PayPal has announced that it will buy mobile payment company iZettle for $2.2 billion. Stockholm-based iZettle, which had advanced plans to go public, offers small businesses a miniature credit card reader that turns smartphones or tablets into payment registers. The proposed deal, the largest in PayPal's history, would give the company a stronger foothold in Europe and a real in presence... »

Google Chrome will remove the secure indicator from HTTPS sites
2018-05-17 15:42 EST by Daniela

Google today announced its next steps for how Chrome marks HTTP and HTTPS sites. Starting in September 2018, Chrome will stop marking HTTPS sites as "Secure" in its address bar. And then in October 2018, Chrome will start displaying a red "Not secure" label when users enter data into HTTP pages.Google began earlier last year by first applying that label to HTTP sites in Incognito given the... »

Senate Votes to Reverse Net Neutrality Rollback
2018-05-16 16:54 EST by Daniela

A resolution to restore the FCC's net neutrality rules passed the Senate on Wednesday. The bill has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections."Today is a monumental day," said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., during debate over the resolution. "Today we show the American people who sides with them,... »

Netis WF2411D Wireless Router
150Mbps Wireless N Router

The Netis WF2411D 150Mbps Wireless N Router is a combined wired and wireless device for SOHO network applications.

It's compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices and provides the wireless transfer speed up to 150Mbps, offering a better performance on web surfing, emailing, and file sharing.

It also supports multi-wireless modes including AP, WDS, AP+WDS, Repeater, Client, to expand your... »

Netis WF2681 Wireless Router
Beacon AC1200 Gaming Router

The Netis WF2681 Beacon Series Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router takes your gaming experience to the next level. It automatically enables QoS for secure pre-setup online bandwidth to enhance your gaming experience. Include your favorite game into the Gaming Library for the Beacon Router to automatically enable QoS when playing.

Bundled with four 5dBi high gain antennas, it ensures wider... »

NetComm NF18ACV VoIP Gateway
Enhanced VDSL2/ADSL2+ Dual Band AC1600 Wireless Gateway with VoIP

The NF18ACV is a triple play services enabler that supports the transmission of high-speed data, multi HD/UHD IPTV and over the top video streaming, VoIP feature for HD quality voice calls with the capacity to connect 2 phones.

The NF18ACV is equipped with 3x3 MIMO internal antennas to provide optimum reception while offering a strong signal throughout the home. Create a fast 1600Mbps WiFi... »

Loopcomm LP-2036 Wireless Router
High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Router

The LP-2036 high power Wi-Fi router with next generation 802.11ac brings 1750Mbps (1300Mbps + 450Mbps) wireless speeds.

The device is equipped with 12 amplifiers, 3 high gain, dual band antennas.

The LP-2036 provides QoS bandwidth management. It also supports IPv6.

One USB port allows users to connect storage devices for local or remote FTP... »

Asus Lyra Trio Mesh Wireless
AC1750 Dual Band Mesh WiFi System

Dual band, tri-hub mesh wifi system with unique antenna placement delivers strong WiFi to every corner of your home.

3x3 MIMO technology and seamless roaming deliver superior WiFi speed and automatically connect you to the best signal, anywhere in the home.

The lifetime free cloud-based security powered by Trend Micro makes sure your privacy on connected devices is protected.

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Netis WF2415 Wireless Router
300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router

The Netis WF2415 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router is a combined wired/wireless network connection device integrated with internet-sharing router and 4-port switch.

It creates wireless network with high speeds of up to 300Mbps, which ensures that you are free to simultaneously enjoy multiple high-bandwidth consuming and interruption sensitive applications such as streaming HD video, sharing... »

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 (33 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 (37 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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