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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:
China blocks WhatsApp
2017-09-25 16:21 EST by Daniela

Users in China report that they're having issues using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp app. It seems that the messaging app has been blocked by the government.For several months users were unable to send video chats or photos. Security experts also confirm that now even text messages have been blocked."Essentially, it seems that what we initially monitored as censorship of WhatsApp's photo, video and... »

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed
2017-09-22 11:18 EST by Daniela

Facebook, Microsoft and Telefonica subsidiary Telxius, have announced the completion of their joint project Marea - a 6,600 Km-long subsea cable connecting the US to the north of Spain. The cable spreads from from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao in northern Spain. Called Marea, after the Spanish word for "tide", the subsea cable has data capacity of 160 terabits per second.It runs along a... »

Google Acquires HTC's Pixel Division
2017-09-21 16:33 EST by Daniela

Google has struck a long rumored deal with HTC. However the search giant hasn't bought the phone maker. Instead, it has paid $1.1 billion to HTC to acquire the team behind its Pixel devices. They'll leave HTC and join Google's ranks. Google will also receive a non-exclusive license to some HTC intellectual property, the companies said Thursday. HTC will still be a separate company, even after... »

Sprint and T-Mobile renew merger talks
2017-09-20 15:16 EST by Daniela

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly in active merger talks again. A merger between T-Mobile and Sprint - the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers, respectively - would create a powerful wireless company capable of taking on Verizon and AT&T.T-Mobile CEO John Legere would be expected to lead any combination that comes from a deal, though Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son would want a say in how the... »

Malware discovered in CCleaner put millions of users at risk
2017-09-19 15:58 EST by Daniela

The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner, has been hacked. Its users have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in certain versions of the tool. Anyone who downloaded or updated the software between mid-August to mid-September also downloaded malware without realizing it. "We confirmed that this malicious version of... »

Asus CM-16 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

CM-16 has 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels for efficient and reliable cable network performance.

It supports DOCSIS 3.0 with download speeds up to 686 Mbps. One Gigabit Ethernet Port provides fast wired speeds to connect your router or computer.

This cable modem is CableLabs certified to work with U.S. cable Internet providers including Comcast XFINITY, Spectrum (Legacy Time Warner... »

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... »

Motorola MB8600 Cable Modem
Ultra Fast DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem

Model MB8600 supports fast DOCSIS 3.1 and also falls back to the fastest DOCSIS 3.0 32x8 speeds. It features low latency, for the fast response needed for many interactive games.

Model MB8600 supports Ethernet Port bonding, essential for delivering 1 Gbps and higher speeds. It includes DOCSIS 3.1 Active Queue Management (AQM), which significantly reduces Internet latency. AQM results in... »

Netgear R8000P Wireless Router
Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

The Nighthawk X6S offers combined WiFi speed up to 4000Mbps (750Mbps + 1625Mbps + 1625Mbps), and is powered by a 64-bit, dual core 1.8GHz processor with three offload processors.

Using Multi-User MIMO technology, this router can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster... »

ZTE Mobley Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

ZTE Mobley turns most vehicles 1996 and newer into mobile hotspots. Just plug the device into your vehicle's OBD-II port and your hotspot is live. It supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17.

Surf the Web, play games, watch movies, stream music, and much more on the road with the ZTE Mobley — by sharing your data with up to five Wi-Fi capable devices in your vehicle.

Once installed, no... »

TP-Link Archer C60 Wireless Router
AC1350 Wireless Dual Band Router

The Archer C60 provides you with simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi connections. 2.4GHz band: 3×3 MIMO creates fast and stable Wi-Fi at speeds of 450Mbps, making it suitable for daily applications like sending emails, browsing the web or listening to music.

5GHz band: Provides up to 867Mbps Wi-Fi for latency-sensitive entertainment so you can stream HD video, play online games and hold video chats... »

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 (29 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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