Something kills my DSL internet connection
I'm trying to resolve a problem that's affecting my internet connection. There are some days when I just can't use my internet connection because it keeps shutting down.
I'm using High Speed Internet from Sympatico. It's an ADSL connection through a SpeedStream 6520 modem. I am also using Fedora Core 6 but it happened on other linux dostros as well (and I keep my Windows computer away from the internet). What happens is the following:
The modem, like many others, have lights that turn on when the modem is active. There is a light for Power, Ehternet, Wireless, DSL, Internet and USB. The Wireless and USB lights are always off since I don't use these connections. So when everything works normally, the lights are on:
Internet (turns on when eth0 is activated)
But there are times when I surf the net normally and then suddenly the DSL light turns off (which leads the Internet light to turn off as well) and my connection is down. This lasts only a few seconds and it gets back up (the light tun on again) but this too only lasts a few seconds because then, the connection goes gown again, and so on.
I don't know what is the cause of this problem. It was doing that with my old modem as well (don't remember the brand) and with all the linux dostros I've used (FC3, FC5, FC6, Mandrake, Mandriva). One thing that I've noticed is that this problem only appears after the distro has been instsalled and use for a while (from a few weeks to a few months); I never run into that on a fresh install.
One guess would be that it's something I caught while surfing the net but I'm really not sure. That's why I turn to your wisdom.
Has anyone encourtered something similar?