Telstra Heartbeat to Beat No More

Topic: The Intarweb 13 years, 3 months ago

Beep, beep, beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep…

What’s that sound? I just read on Whirlpool that Telstra will finally be phasing out the annoying Heartbeat system for BigPond Cable customers, a move that’s a mere 45 000 years overdue.

The Heartbeat required devices connected to the cable modem — whether that’s an individual computer running the BigPond Cable login client or, more commonly, a router — to regularly respond to a kind of ping from BigPond in order to remain connected to the service.

This created a ridiculous number of problems for people setting up and using routers that didn’t always cope with the Heartbeat. Not to mention, in recent years even those with only one computer have occasionally wanted to connect to their cable Xboxes and the like — except none of these know how to deal with the Heartbeat.

Goodbye Heartbeat, you won’t be missed. :evil:

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