causing dial up connection failure
The dial up connection relies heavily on phone line and modem
equipment for performance. If you are maintaining them in good
shape then you may not have much to worry about your dial up connection.
However, apart from the modem
hardware and the phone connection, there are some minor, avoidable
issues that may occur to cause a dial up disconnection. Here we
discuss those problems and their remedies.
1. External Call
Dial up connection
failures can also happen when you receive a call while you are
accessing internet through your phone line. At this time the modem
may drop the internet connection. This mainly happens with the
modems that do not have call waiting feature. You may avoid this
issue by having a modem with call waiting feature. The call waiting
feature allows a modem to stay connected to internet while an
external call is received. At the same time the modem signals
the user that a call has been received.
The call waiting feature can be kept enabled or disabled per
your requirements. If call waiting is enabled while you are using
your dial up connection then the modem connection will be interrupted
when the call comes in. On other hand, if the call waiting feature
is disabled then the modem will notify the user about the received
call but the connection will not be terminated immediately. When
you sign off and your modem hangs up the phone, call waiting is
2. Human Interaction
Another issue that can make a dial up connection to fail
is the human interference. The modem needs only one phone line
and occupies only one phone terminal. In a home with multiple
telephones sharing one line, it may often happen that a person
picks up another extension in the house causing a modem to disconnect.
This mostly happens then a person unknowingly picks up the phone
from other extension when the line is accessed by the modem to
access internet. We can make out whether the line is busy or not
by listening for a dial tone. However, there is usually no way
for the other person to know that the phone line is being used
by a modem until they pick up the receiver and listen. At this
point, the modem may drop the connection.
3. Conflicts between Software applications
Some software applications that you installed can create
a conflict in the dial up connection. These conflicts often cause
your dial up connection to fail.
In some cases, event like the installation of another software
program at the same time may turn out to be a reason to create
conflict. It is not very easy to make out the exact cause of the
conflict in most cases as there are number of different possibilities.
It is always better to do some investigation to track down the
cause of the conflict.
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