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So, lately (maybe the past month) I've had troubles with Skype randomly disconnecting for a few seconds, with no set time interval, it just happens now and then.
I've gone through everything that could possibly block it, but nothing seems to help, this included completely disabling any firewalls/AV.

I suspect it being my ISP but I haven't had any trouble before, and I haven't changed anything with my internet the last 2 years, apart from going wireless->cable.
I cannot find anything online about this exact problem, my internet connection is 100% stable and I've never ever disconnected from games or such (and I play quite a lot).

It doesn't matter if I'm downloading or just watching a movie, Skype will keep disconnecting, anyone that can think of something that I haven't? Feeling really helpless here.
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lately Skype has been really buggy for me, even made sure i have the latest version.. i know their is nothing wrong with my network or ISP.. Its Skype.. few people have commented about problems with skype on OCN, the new version fixed it for some and not for others like me.. so i stopped using it thumb.gif
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Well that sucks. I've not seen this happening to any of my contacts and I have hundreds of them. It's my main IM client and I'm in several calls throughout the day, it's really annoying me mad.gif
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Well that sucks. I've not seen this happening to any of my contacts and I have hundreds of them. It's my main IM client and I'm in several calls throughout the day, it's really annoying me mad.gif

actually alot my contacts from open university have issues too so we started using windows live as we mostly text chat..
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i found this on the skype protocol wiki

"Skype was the first peer-to-peer IP telephony network,[2] requiring minimal centralized infrastructure.[citation needed] The Skype user directory is decentralized and distributed among the clients, or nodes, in the network.
The network contains three types of entities: supernodes, ordinary nodes, and the login server. Each client maintains a host cache with the IP address and port numbers of reachable supernodes.
Any client with good bandwidth, no restriction due to firewall or NAT, and adequate processing power can become a supernode. This puts an extra burden on those who connect to the Internet without NAT, as Skype may use their computers and Internet connections as third party for UDP hole punching (to directly connect two clients both behind NAT) or to completely relay other users' calls. Skype does not choose to supply server power with associated bandwidth required to provide the relay service for every client who needs it, instead it uses the resource of Skype clients."

This may shed some light as to why skype is acting up. Seems a node somewhere is dropping your packets and disconnecting you for a brief moment before reconnecting.

I hope this helps you.

I would switch to something other than skype.
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It could be your line dropping for a few seconds, what you could do is leave a ping running over a day and pipe the output to a file,


If the ping fails when skype drops tis most probley your isp
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Is your machine connected directly to your modem or connected to a switch/router?

You could try setting a static IP for your machine. Setting skype to use a port above 1024 and port forwarding to your chosen static IP.
I cant think of anything else at the moment.
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@hxcnero I'm connected to a switch that goes directly into the modem (fibreoptic->modem/routerbox->switch->my pc via ethernet), all router settings are controlled online via an email login that I don't have access to right now.

I haven't done a full day ping test, but it would be weird if ONLY skype dropped out, as my net never has the slightest drop, I would notice that easily ingame.

As I mentioned it just started about a month ago totally randomly, when it's been working perfectly prior to that, I figured it must've just been a messy skype release but nothing seems to work (even when I use older versions)
post #9 of 10
only other thing i can think of is use wireshark to monitor voip calls with skype. see if inbound or outbound packets are dropping.
skypes login server could also be having issues.
Hope you can get this figured out. I'm out of Ideas.
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It could be they dont like skype as its higher bandwidth? and its alot more iffify about drops the TCP connection will smoth itself out for web browsing (i think) You coul ring the ISP see if there has been any intermitant rouing issues? (it could be further down the line or even at the remote end)
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