Although we live in a broadband world now, there are still locations on the map where dial-up connections are the prevailing form of Internet connectivity. Besides their low data transfer speed, dial-up connections have another major disadvantage — they tend to get dropped by the provider if the server considers them idle due to inactivity. However, there are countless situations where our connection must remain intact with near-zero activity.
Connection Keeper is a compact tool that prevents ISP’s from dropping dial-up connections that appear idle. The software pings the provider’s server with user-defined or random periodicity to emulate real web browsing and is also capable of re-establishing dropped connections. The program automatically closes inactivity notification windows (using several configurable methods), consumes a bare minimum of network bandwidth and can be easily minimized to the system tray. The pinging functionality of Connection Keeper can also be used for checking the status of websites or even monitoring DNS records. If the monitored address becomes unavailable, the program will notify the administrator by email or by opening a warning window. Support of command line parameters makes it possible to use some of the more advanced features and automate certain tasks. Connection Keeper comes with no ads or malware and is completely free to download and use.
If you are using a dial-up connection a lot and need to make sure your PC stays connected to the Internet for as long as possible, Connection Keeper is exactly what you need!
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