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.
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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.