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Bronco Billy

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We have a Qwest dial-up connection to the internet - we live in too rural of an area for anything else other than satellite, which is too damn expensive.

 

The problem comes when we have large downloads. At our transfer rate, the connection times out before the download completes. I know with the level of intelligence at this board that someone has an easy fix for this problem. We need to be able to extend the connnection time while the computer sits idle downloading.

 

Help?

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get rid of the rotary phone for starters........

 

:D

 

Thanks. That ought to do it...

 

:D

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Okay, the barbs about dial up are great guys. It doesn't change the fact that dial-up meets our home computing needs with this exception, so I can't justify spending 4 times as much for a satellite connection.

 

The problem still exists: How do I extend the connection time to allow for large downloads?

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Firefix has a built in file download mgr... I have never tried it with dialup, otherwise, I would suggest using a torrent. Google it.

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That's sweet. Have you used this? And is this how a connection is terminated through inactivity? Much learning going on here...

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Firefix has a built in file download mgr... I have never tried it with dialup, otherwise, I would suggest using a torrent. Google it.

 

Yeah, we've got a download manager, but the connection speed doesn't allow for larger downloads to complete. I was thinking of openig a second window, stopping the download through the download manager, refreshing the second window, then continuing the download. But that requires periodic babysitting.

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a while back, someone put a list of freeware here. havent looked at these, but something might work for u.

 

Download managers:

Free Download Manager - http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/

Fresh Download - http://www.freshdevices.com/freshdown.html

LeechGet - http://www.leechget.net/en/

Star Downloader - http://www.stardownloader.com/downloads.php

Sun Download Manager - http://www.sun.com/download/sdm/index.xml

wackget - http://millweed.com/projects/wackget/

wget - http://xoomer.virgilio.it/hherold/

WellGet - http://www.wellget.com/

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Thanks, dmarc!

 

:D

Might want to check polk's recent threads (in the last year?) I think it was him.

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Yeah, we've got a download manager, but the connection speed doesn't allow for larger downloads to complete. I was thinking of openig a second window, stopping the download through the download manager, refreshing the second window, then continuing the download. But that requires periodic babysitting.

I don't get what the actual problem is. As long as you're downloading, the connection is live and should not time out. Is there some limitation your ISP places on connections or is there an error message of some sort? Speed is irrelevant - clearly downloading the Library of Congress will take longer over dial up than broadband but nevertheless it should still download.

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I don't get what the actual problem is. As long as you're downloading, the connection is live and should not time out. Is there some limitation your ISP places on connections or is there an error message of some sort? Speed is irrelevant - clearly downloading the Library of Congress will take longer over dial up than broadband but nevertheless it should still download.

 

When something is downloading, but there is no other activity (accessing other sites or refreshing the same site), the computer is considered idle and the clock starts on the connection. termination. There is no error message, but it is obviously done to maximize the servers rather than allow users to walk away from an online computer for hours or days at a time.

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When something is downloading, but there is no other activity (accessing other sites or refreshing the same site), the computer is considered idle and the clock starts on the connection. termination. There is no error message, but it is obviously done to maximize the servers rather than allow users to walk away from an online computer for hours or days at a time.

Ah, so your ISP is setting a timeout then. Any other dialup ISPs in the vicinity that DON'T do this? Any program that goes out to the Internet on a regular basis to check for updates would reset the timeout clock back to zero.

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Leave Outlook Express open and have it check mail every 15min.

Nice idea and would solve the problem no doubt!

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Alot of ISP's have timeouts built in as a default to keep the bandwidth open. That way there arent unused connections tying the incoming lines up. We've had many clients complain about this problem in the past and we would call their service for them to request they set the timeout to a minimum of 30 minutes or more. They may give you a hard time about it and claim its your system, connection or something else but its a setting they can change for you if you persist. Just tell them you've had a couple IT people check your system and connections and things are fine on your end. Most of the time they'll adjust it for you.

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Leave Outlook Express open and have it check mail every 15min.

 

 

This oughta work, or open a browser window to the Drudge report, or any site that forces the client to refresh itself. You might have to change a setting in outlook express under the general tab in options

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Thanks to all who helped. Problem solved with the free ware. Much appreciated, guys!

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