By Thomas Benton
You've paid for unlimited internet dialup service, but you still get *kicked off* line when you've been inactive a few minutes?
It may not be your ISP, it's probably the network provider. During peak times the network provider will automatically disconnect you if there is inactivity.
If this is aggravating you, try this little *trick*.
You don't need any special *pinging* software or any other gimmick that may get you in trouble with your ISP. You probably already have something that'll work fine. If you have a POP Email account you are likely to already have an email client for checking your email.
The simple and very *legal* thing to do is to configure your email client to check your email every 5 - 9 minutes. This assures constant activity every time you're connected to the Internet. Just be sure to leave your email client open all the time you're on the web.
Here's how to do it with Outlook Express. In the menu bar click Tools - Options. This will open the options window. On the General tab, you'll see an option that allows you to set the interval at which Outlook Express checks for new mail. The default is probably set to 30 minutes. Change this setting to 9 minutes and see if this keeps you online. It should. If not, set it to 5 minutes.
Whatever email client you're using should allow you to set the check-for-new-mail interval. Use the client's help feature to find out how to set this option.
If for some reason you don't have a POP email account, search the web for free POP email. (One such provider is ematic.com.) Outlook Express is free with the Internet Explorer browser. Set it up, launch it everytime you connect, and stay online uninterrupted.
Thomas Benton is the author of "How to Build a Magnetic Web Site: Advanced Basic Training for he Internet Entrepreneur". Learn more about Tom's unique web design strategies at http://www.webdesignwisdom.com