Dial-up ISP shopping

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Eck, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Eck

    Eck .user

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    Since I still can't get broadband, I'm looking for another dial-up ISP. Right now I'm on PeoplePC. It's great since I got rid of their toolbar and use the windows dialer instead of their bulky one. Only one problem, every 4 hours it disconnects. The Windows dialer will automatically reconnect and everything, but when I'm downloading large files this is rather inconvenient. I'm looking for another good ISP that won't kick you off after so many hours online. Juno or Netzero maybe? I'm not sure if these do, but if anyone's got anything let me know.
     
  2. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I'm not sure what to recommend since I haven't had dial up for a long time, but have you thought of getting a download manager for your downloads so that you can resume them if your connection drops? I personally use Getright, but there are lots of free ones out there.
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    most dial ups are gonna time out.
     
  4. Eck

    Eck .user

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    I use a download manager. It's just annoying having to download large files 4 hours at a time, then start them again. My first ISP didn't have a timeout... DellEPro Connection for example. Those were the days...
     
  5. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    Wouldn't a download manager resume those downloads from where it left off? Unless the remote server didn't support resuming, you should be able to resume.
     
  6. Eck

    Eck .user

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    That's not the problem, I can resume fine. It's just that I'm not able to check up on my computer every 4 hours to start it again.
     
  7. unknownsoul

    unknownsoul Moderator

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    You might want to check locally and see if there are any ISP's that are there. I work at an ISP and i know that ours won't kick you off every 4 hours, unless your settings are set to disconnect if idle for more than that time.
     
  8. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    How about Earthlink? Been a really long time since I was on 56k, so I don't know what their connection or disconnection policies are like, but I've heard the service is pretty good from people who do use it.
     
  9. dadecamp

    dadecamp under worked, over paid

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    I use earthlink which seems to boot you only after 24 hours.

    I also use stardownloader which restarts download on its own.
     
  10. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

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    Earthlink is pretty good, I had used them for a number of years with no problems.