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About twice a night, iChat will disconnect (though it'll still show me as connected). After about 10 minutes, it'll realize it's disconnected and bring up a dialog telling me it lost the connection. I can then close the dialog and reconnect with no trouble.

My computer's network connection seems to be fine throughout this.

Any idea:

  • What might might be causing this?
  • How to fix it?
  • At least how to make it tell me more immediately when it loses the connection?
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how are you connected to internet and server? – alexus Aug 19 '10 at 16:55
If you don’t rely on iChat specific features (Video/audio) I’d recommend you try adium ( – Martín Marconcini Aug 20 '10 at 3:02
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Your problem might be your router loosing connection temporarily to your ISP.

I use Chax, an extension to iChat which, among other great things, auto-reconnects when connection is lost. Chax is donationware.

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As I said, the network connection is fine- I kept ping running in a terminal window and saw no loss in connection. If it's a network issue, it'd have to be for less than a second (or affect only Aim traffic). Chax I will check out, though. – Fishtoaster Aug 20 '10 at 16:42
Update: Chax is an ok workaround. Thanks! – Fishtoaster Aug 25 '10 at 13:16
Doesn't work on Lion though – Haytham Elkhoja Feb 14 '12 at 11:47

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