smokingbeagle², I take on board what yr saying mate, and have raised this prob twice on ticketing at eclipse - they suggested diagnostics which I've tried to no avail. Downloaded latest drivers got modem when I first got it. Just tried yr 17070 suggestion, no probs there. Don't you think though, it's REALLY STRANGE that it ONLY happens later evenings, during nightime? It CAN'T be... OHH! just happened first time today, dropped the line. I've not powered down since 07:15 this morning...I think I'll get the powered USB anyway, the're not too expensive and I get extra ports into the bargain.
infamous: Yeah, will exhaust all avenues then buy the new modem. It's really weird though, this.