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A generous reader has created a Windows application that helps maintain a PPPoE connection for the Linksys router.  But, with the release of the PPPoE Keep Alive function in the 1.35 firmware, Linksys may have solved this one itself! 

Please try the 1.35 firmware first before using the program.

We have not tested this application, so we can't answer questions about it.

Take a look at the README information below and if you're interested in trying out the app, you can download it from here [1.4MB .zip file]

PPPOE Alive v1.0.13

Purpose
================================
- Restart a PPPOE connection when necessary.

Platforms
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- Tested on Windows 2000, Windows NT
- Untested on Windows 95, 98

Required
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- Linksys BEFSR41 Router

Instructions
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- To install PPOE Alive, run SETUP.EXE and follow the instructions.
- To uninstall, Use Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. 
- To configure, start program and enter an external IP address in the text box. The IP address should be very reliable - your external DNS server address is recommended. The 'Start' button starts the app. When the app is running, it will ping the external IP address approximately once per minute. If it fails to receive a reply, it will send a signal to the router to disconnect the PPPOE connection. After a few seconds it will then try to reconnect. The app's activity is logged in log.txt.
- Minimizing the app will send it to the tray. Left click on the tray icon to maximize it. 
- To allow the app to auto start (so you can place a link to it in the Startup menu), create a file called 'params.txt'. On the first line, type 'External IP = {my IP}', replacing the {my IP} with the external IP address you want to use. For example, 'External IP = 192.168.1.1'.

License Agreement
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- This software (PPPOE Alive) is BETA FREEWARE. You may distribute it freely provided that: A. Such distribution includes only the original archive. You may not alter, delete, or add any files in the distribution archive. B. No money is charged to the person receiving the software, beyond reasonable cost of packaging and other overhead.
- This software cannot be resold or used in any profit-generating activities
without the author's expressed written permission.
- This software is distributed AS IS and without any express or implied
warranties.
- The author is not responsible for any damages whatsoever incurred before,
during, or after the use of this software. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Author Information
================================
Chris Kopec

* Special thanks to Joe Miguel for winsock code.

History
================================
9-23-00: Initial release.


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