In the past several weeks, my system has been droppong the DSL connection at inappropriate times -- like when I'm online and surfing etc. One might expect the PacBell server to drop idle connections at night, but not while you're active. I have a Kingston/Ethernet 300 modem utility and Win98SE. Usually, a simple Connect click on the system try icon results in a timeout default, so I am forced to use the trick of turning off the modem for 2 minutes then activating the desktop link. Then I go to PacBell's System Status website to check but dont find anything relevant IMPAIRED. The only thing new I've done recently is add ZoneLabs firewall, but even when I disable the firewall, the connection will drop once or twice a day. Is it PacBell DSL or my system configutation? edit: I have the link to dslreports.com so I may have to use their methodolgies to track this down.