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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:
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... »

Pirate Bay uses visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency
2017-09-18 10:36 EST by Daniela

The world's most popular torrent website The Pirate Bay hijacked its users' CPUs to mine digital currency. TPB’s visitors recently discovered JavaScript code on the website which revealed that a cryptocurrency miner was embedded on the site. And this was happening without the user's knowledge, of course.This code makes use of visitor's processors to mine Monero digital coins. It's not a... »

Tenda AC18 Wireless Router
AC1900 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Router

The 5GHz band peforms up to 1300Mbps, with the 2.4GHz frequency tops 600 Mbps. This serves combined bandwidth of 1900 Mbps.

With the Beamforming+, built-in high powered amplifiers and external antennas, its coverage ups to 500㎡, so you can enjoy lag-free gaming and uninterrupted video streaming anytime anywhere.

With 1 Gigabit WAN port and 4 Gigabit LAN ports, speeds can be up to 10x... »

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,... »

Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS900L Mobile Hotspot (3G/4G MiFi)
LTE WiFi Hotspot

The MHS900L mobile hotspot stows easily in your pocket, purse, backpack or briefcase to provide a fast Verizon 4G LTE connection while on the go. It supports B13/B4 LTE bands.

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS900L provides a secure data connection for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Keep track of your data usage, battery life, network signal strength and number of connected... »

Tenda AC6 Wireless Router
AC1200 Smart Dual-Band WiFi Router

AC6 supports 5th generation Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. Reaching 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz and 867Mbps over the 5GHz, the AC6 has a total speed up to 1200Mbps. 900MHz CPU from Broadcom offers fast & stable performance.

AC6 is equipped with 4x 5dbi high gain antennaс, which is use multi-oscillator radiation technology.

Beamforming+ technology locks on to your WiFi receiving devices rather than... »

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,... »

Asus RT-AC1900P Wireless Router
Dual-band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router

The ASUS RT-AC1900P is a three-transmit, 3-receive (3x3) Wi-Fi router, with combined dual-band data rates of up to 1900 Mbps. 1300 Mbps 802.11ac at 5 GHz gives Gigabit wireless data rates, while Broadcom TurboQAM technology super-charges 2.4 GHz 802.11n performance from 450Mbps to 600Mbps with compatible devices.

Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, the RT-AC1900P eliminates 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 (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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