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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... »

TP-Link Archer C25 Wireless Router
AC900 Wireless Dual Band Router

The Archer C25 comes with the latest wireless standard – 802.11ac. This advanced Wi-Fi is designed for high-traffic online activities and can help to run applications at triple the speed of the previous 802.11n standard.

Four antennas make all of your connections more efficient and stable. PA amplifies Wi-Fi power and LNA increases the receiving sensitivity to enlarge Wi-Fi coverage for... »

Actiontec M6240L Wireless Router
802.11ac Gigabit Wireless Router

The device offers Gigabit speeds to the home and inside the home network, including Gigabit Ethernet and SFP Cage on the WAN side, and 802.11ac WiFi, bonded MoCA 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet for faster wireless and wired performance inside the home.

Dual-band 802.11ac supports wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps, while beamforming technology helps boost signal speed and range. Quad stream 4x4... »

Linksys CM3016 Cable Modem
DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Maximize Internet speeds to your Wi-Fi router with the Linksys 16x4 Cable Modem (CM3016). It delivers stable high-speed connectivity for existing Internet service plans of up to 250Mbps. Your whole family can enjoy simultaneous media streaming, online gaming, and web browsing.

Maximize the data transfer speeds of your current Internet service plan with 16 download and 4 upload bonded channels... »

TP-Link Archer C3000 Wireless Router
AC3000 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router

Tri-Band technology creates three separate Wi-Fi bands for connecting more devices to your network without a drop in performance. The router provides combined 3000Mbps Wi-Fi speed over one 2.4GHz (450Mbps) and two 5GHz (1300Mbps each) bands.

Smart Connect helps devices run faster by assigning them to the best band to balance network demand.

Six high-performance external antennas increase... »

AirTies Air 4920 Mesh Wireless
1600Mbps 802.11ac Video Grade Wireless Booster

Air4920 is a 3x3 802.11ac and 2x2 802.11n dual band concurrent AP.

It is capable of streaming operator grade video. It can stream multiple HD video channels, deal with both multicast and unicast traffic and prioritize the TV service over general traffic.

AirTies Mesh technology establishes a coordinated multi-AP Wi-Fi Network, extending Wi-Fi coverage in the home.

Steer Wi-Fi maximizes... »

Ubee UBH1701 Wireless Range Extender
N300 Wireless Extender

The UBH1701 plugs directly into a power outlet and allows you to cost-effectively overcome wireless weak spots and dead zones in the home or office.

Designed with speeds up to 300Mbps, the UBH1701 is fully compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards.

Conveniently and securely pair with wireless routers or other network devices via the push button WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) feature. Or,... »

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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