Internet connection drops after about an hour. Please help troubleshoot.
Posted on 2006-04-28
My Internet connection halts after about an hour or so of being online. It seems to stop regardless if there is network activity (downloading, surfing, etc) or not.
I cycled the router and cable modem earlier today, which temporarily restored my connection, but it failed again later in the day.
I also switched the DNS server settings in the network control panel, to no avail.
Ipconfig shows a valid IP, gateway, and subnet mask (all of these are locked into the network connection settings).
I installed BullGuard antivirus/firewall a couple of days ago, but cannot see why it allow traffic to flow for a while and then shut it off. I suspect it is not the cause of the problem, but who knows.
Simply rebooting does not restore the connection, but power cycling the router does.
I'm running XP Pro with all the latest updates.
Any ideas on how to troubleshoot this? Is my router failing or could it be something else?