A year and a half ago now, my backwoods nowhere town got DSL. And aside from the price, everything was good. Dished out the $59.99 a month for a 512/128 connection, and while the price was beyond ridiculous, it was a small price to pay to finally enjoy online gaming, incredible surfing speeds, and the occasionally foray into some not so legal p2p applications. I got heavily into my first online game ever, Unreal Tournament 2004, specifically a mod called Carball, a mod I still play to this day. Unfortunately I can no longer play this mod, or any other game I own online whenever I feel like, because my connection's has become progressively worse since I got it. It started slow, the pings gradually got higher and I'd get lag spikes more often, but it was still fine, but it's just went downhill from there. I started to notice that the connection would get worse at certain times of the day, until it got to the point that games were unplayable between the hours of 3pm and 11pm. Pings would widly fluctuate, and would routinely reach upwards of 300. Literally one second my ping would be 80, the next it would be 350. I called tech support and explained the situation, and they said they hadn't had any complaints and didn't know what could be done. Of course at that point I assumed it was my hardware, but after trying some things and getting no change, I started to think about it. If it was my hardware, why would be connection be rock solid during certain times of the day, and incredibly bad at other times? I started to think that perhaps the reason it started to get bad at 3-11 everyday is because that's when most people get home from work or school. So now that the summer is here, I'm starting to notice my connection take dives more often, I woke up and wanted to play at 11am today, and I couldn't because I was pinging around 250. Sure I could have, but it's not very fun when you can hardly move straight and everyone else is teleporting all over the place. I assume the reason for this is now that kids are out of school they're using the internet more often. But why is this? I was told that a DSL connection wasn't supposed to be affected by more people ont he network, yet here I am, with a connection that seems to get worse when more people would be online. After around midnight it seems to be alright, and if I play between say 2 and 5am the connection is absolutely perfect. My questions to you are what exactly do you think is going on, what should I ask my ISP, and more importantly what if anything can be done to correct this? I mean, it just really sucks paying $60 a month for a connection and not being able to play online whenever I want to. This is the only DSL provider out here, and it would be so hard for me to give up the things I've come to enjoy, but it's also hard to justify spending so much a month for a connection that only works right half of the time.