I tried the dns cache registry hack on my 50.6K modem connection and found to my surprise that it made a tremendous difference. The disconnects are fewer (not happening) and the page views are more rapid. I haven't used any benchmarks, but qualitatively, this is an excellent improvement. Why were these settings left out of the default install of XP? Suggest others might want to try the registry merge. I set a restore point in case I had problems. Thanks for the tweak.