Auto disconnect from Internet

April 7, 2013 at 11:27:49
Specs: Win 7
I want two sort-of opposite things.

I have a dial-up Internet connection. It is set to bring up a
connection dialog box when I click on a URL in my browser.
I then just click the "Connect" button and it connects to the
Internet.

Until a few weeks ago when I re-installed Windows, it would
stay connected for a long time. I'm not sure how long. Now
it only seems to stay connected for ten minutes or even less,
even though the automatic disconnect is set to twenty minutes.
It happened just now as I was typing this. It disconnected
without warning. I've seen this happen before, but don't
remember what caused it or how to fix it.

The sort-of opposite thing is that until just a few days ago, a
dialog box would come up when I close all browser windows,
asking if I want to disconnect. That is what I want. But as of
a few days ago the dialog stopped popping up. I don't see
what I could have changed to cause that.

I've looked in a few likely places for settings, such as
"Phone and Modem", "Network and Sharing Center", and
"Internet Options", but haven't found them. I may have just
missed seeing what I was looking at.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
April 7, 2013 at 15:20:40
Many dial up ISPs will do that if there is no activity. You may have had something running before that indicated activity.

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#2
April 8, 2013 at 23:08:51
Once again, asking a question led me to answer it myself.

In Internet Options, Connections tab, I hadn't noticed that my
dial-up Internet provider was no longer set as the default.
There was no default anymore. So I set it.

I also found that on the dialog that comes up when I click the
Settings button for my dial-up Internet provider (located on
that same tab) is an "Advanced" button, which brings up a
single option: "Disconnect when connection may no longer
be needed". It had also somehow become unchecked.
So I checked it.

I had to reboot Windows before anything changed, but now
the option to disconnect pops up when I close my browser,
and -- every place I've gone EXCEPT Computing.net -- the
connection no longer breaks after a few minutes. This place
has twice disconnected me after what seemed like less than
ten minutes of not clicking a URL. Generally that means it
disconnects me while I'm typing.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
April 9, 2013 at 07:59:07
Won't have anything to do with this website whatsoever. Check email settings, their is a setting that says "once the mail has been gotten, disconnect. Not sure if it relates, but maybe every so often it would check the mail and then disconnect. In any event it is not the sites that determine your connectivity. Dial up is notorious for dropping connections.

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#4
April 9, 2013 at 08:29:59
For the last few weeks it was consistently disconnecting
after about ten minutes (it seemed like less, but I think it
must have been ten) of inactivity. Of the small handful of
websites I have visited since discovering and re-checking
the unchecked checkboxes, I was able to stay connected
beyond ten minutes on all but this one, computing.net,
where I was twice disconnected after about ten minutes.
So I'd say there are multiple factors. What constitutes
"activity" must be part of it. While typing this post, the
modem send/receive activity lights are dark.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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