Help a handicaped client with AOL dial-up timeouts

By joelgayman ·
I have an elderly, handicapped pro bono client who is STILL using AOL dial-up for Internet access. But every time she tries to update her Norton anti-virus definitions or update Windows, her AOL connection times out after 10 minutes of no keyboard input, and she's knocked off-line.

AOL has told me that the 10 minute timeout is built-in to their dial-up service and there's no way to defeat this -- unless she sits at her keyboard for hours on end and presses a key every nine or so minutes. But this is insane!

Is there some way to overcome this timeout limitation, perhaps by writing a batch-file to ping the server every so often or by using an add-on utility to generate an esc key-press every nine or so minutes? Or is there some better, simpler way to solve her problem?

I've done a lot of Google searches. But I haven't come up with a good solution yet.

I get no compensation from helping this client. But good deeds are rewarded eventually!

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Try out this "Connection Keeper", it is freeware.. :)

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Help a handicaped client ...

Click on this link here:

Hope this will do the job.

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Many thanks for your suggestion!

by joelgayman In reply to Try out this "Connection ...


Thanks so much for your suggestion. If it works, it will be a lot easier than installing keystroke automation software to keep the connection alive.

I'll try it out in the next few days and let you know how it works.


Joel Gayman
Los Angeles, CA

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Nice one! :-bd

by seanferd In reply to Try out this "Connection ...

Perfect for updates that would be impossible to download, or laborious to install, with a download manager that uses a keep-alive scheme.

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