[Dshield] Dial on demand

Neil Richardson neilr at ieee.org
Tue Jun 21 17:37:19 GMT 2005

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on 6/21/2005 5:25 AM Keith Bergen said the following:

| "Johannes B. Ullrich" <jullrich at euclidian.com> said:
|>> I thought that most home broadband systems (DSL/cable) were
|>> dial-on-demand, so if the PC is powered down, shouldn't the
|>> connection time-out and disconnect ("due to idle connection")
|>> after 5-10 minutes?
|> Changes a lot from ISP to ISP. All the home broadband connections
|> I had so far (cable modem and DSL) where on 24/7. (RoadRunner,
|> @Home, MediaOne, Comcast, AT&T Broadband, Qwest, Covad,
|> Speakeasy, Earthlink ...)

Must be a regional thing: most of the ones I've seen around here are

| It also changes from router to router. For instance, most routers
| have a "Keep Alive" function where the router will actually keep
| the connection open irrespective of the PC.

True, although if it's a "feature" then there should be a way to turn
it off.

I'm assuming through all of this that the end user wants to disconnect
their equipment from the 'net when not in use, as opposed to remaining
connected and able to collect data.  In that case, and assuming
equipment that is trying to "help" keep the connection alive, perhaps
something like the "Mini Power Minder"[1] from ThinkGeek would be of
help?  (No affiliation with any companies involved, just a "gadget
enthusiast."  ;-)

[1] http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/6ee4/

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