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Sometimes a DSL connection dropping out could be a sign of a faulty telephone wire.
I am having problems with a "dropped I.P." address. I run Win2000 with Belkin Router and McAfee firewall. I updated firm ware on the Belkin router I use, on the recommendation of Verizon DSL Tech Support, who showed no problem with their connection or modem.
Without exception now, my Verizon DSL connection "drops out" somewhere around 5-6 hours after start up. I re-boot and things are fine for 5-6 hours. Small annoyance in the scheme of life, but irritating nonetheless.
Boy, does this sound familiar.
My solution involved a shovel.
I had exactly this same problem with my Verizon DSL. Verizon tech support was glued to their checklist and as a result, I found them less than helpful. Ultimately I ended up leaving Verizon over it.
My problem actually turned out to be noise on the phone line. The telephone company (Verizon, but different than Verizon Online) came out and discovered that the buried line had a crack in it and there was moisture in the wires. (I do live near Seattle; moisture's no surprise.)
So your phone line might be worth checking out.
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