Sorry to post again - i added a reply to a previous post
but the thread wasn't bumped to the top so nobody is going to see my question - strange way for a forum to work ?
Anyway the original poster said
"I experience that after a period of inactivity of my computer access to the internet becomes more troublesome and eventually becomes totally blocked.
Signal strength from my modem seems normal
When I turn my firewall off, access is instantly returned to normal. If I restart my computer access is as normal
Any ideas where this may come from ?"
To which GURU HOOV replied
"DO you have your DNS and DHCP servers in the trusted zone in ZA? "
Which seems to be the response to the other people posting with the same problem.
My response and my question
Thought i'd add to this as it's seems the most recent.
Having the same problem as a few other people with zonealarm stopping internet connection after a period of inactivity.
I have the latest zonealarm free, xp sp2 with all updates, using firefox2 and ie7, no screen saver and power options are to never turn off anything. When the internet activity is blocked the only thing that gets it going is turning off ZA, turn it back on again no interenet, 100% repeatable - if i reboot then everything is back to normal.
Seems a common problem and i've seen the fixes of adding the dns and dhcp servers to the trusted zone and i'm slightly confused by this.
In my firewall -> zones section i have
wireless adapter - 192.168.1.150/255.255.255.0 - adapter subnet - internet zone
Loopback adapter - 127.0.0.1 - ip address - trusted
I have static ips on the pc but the dhcp server is still running on the router. Below is what i get when i ipconfig/all
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.150
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
So it's the Dns server ip number that i add to the trusted zone (which is my router's ip) ?
So i go in to ZA -> Add -> Subnet -> use 192.168.1.254 and 255.255.255.0 and select Trusted?
Is that all i have to do - just that dns AND dhcp servers were mentioned? Although as far as i can see they would both be pointing to my router's ip anyway.
Just thought i'd check.
p.s. i have svchost.exe set up for the correct access - everything except server in the internet zone
Also is there any danger or caveats in adding the router to the trusted zone?