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?
  • how are you connected to internet and server?
    – alexus
    Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 16:55
  • If you don’t rely on iChat specific features (Video/audio) I’d recommend you try adium (adium.im) Commented Aug 20, 2010 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.

  • 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. Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 16:42
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    Doesn't work on Lion though Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 11:47

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