Timeout for xml document from internet vb.net

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I have the following code to obtain an Xml doc from the internet. It works fine. I would like to set a fairly short time out for this but cant seam to find out how. Could somene please help or suggest a different method where I can set the time out ?
Dim reader As Xml.XmlTextReader = New Xml.XmlTextReader(URL)

        ' Load data into a dataset   
        Dim GetOddsAll = New DataSet()

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I got the code bellow to do the same thing, using webrequest and I am trying to limit the time out to 5 seconds , that is if the server dosent respond in 5 seconds I want to do something about it. However this code dosent seam to work. Do I have the time out on the right one ?

        Dim request As HttpWebRequest
        Dim response As HttpWebResponse = Nothing

            ' Create the web request   
            request = DirectCast(WebRequest.Create(URL), HttpWebRequest)
            request.Timeout = 5000

            ' Get response   
            response = DirectCast(request.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)

            ' Load data into a dataset   

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Yes,you have set the timeout correctly on webrequest.
what do you mean by code does not seem to work? do you get any exception?


No it seams like sometimes the request gets stuck for much longer then 5 seconds

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