Specify an automatic disconnect time

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this procedure to specify a maximum length of time that a modem can be idle before the connection is dropped.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

To specify an automatic disconnect time

  1. In Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Phone and Modem Options.


In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, open Control Panel. In View by, click either Large icons or Small icons. Click Phone and Modem.

  1. In the Phone and Modem dialog box, on the Modems tab, click the modem that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Change Default Preferences.

  3. On the General tab, under Call preferences, do one of the following steps:

    • To automatically disconnect when a connection is not used for a specified time, select the Disconnect a call if idle for more than check box, and then type the number of minutes you want the modem to wait before disconnecting.

    • To change the time allowed to make a new connection, type the number of seconds in Cancel the call if not connected within.

Additional considerations

  • Note that these are default dial-up settings, and are only used if these settings are not specified by another modem-aware program that you you might be using.

  • If you are using a network connection (in the Network Connections folder), rather than a telephony-aware application, then the disconnect time is determined by the redialing options for the network connection rather than by this modem setting. To set the disconnect timer for a network connection, see Configure Idle Time Before Disconnect.

See Also


Specify initialization commands
Select a country/region
Wait for a dial tone before dialing
Adjust the modem speaker volume