I have connected to bill's server many times. never had any issue with
busting and I'm not using COW (Netrek XP Mod for Win32). I
sent  Bill my netrekrc and he tested it with that same client/version
and had no problems and said it was due likely to my latency with
dialup. But if this was just a dialup issue I would have busted many
times on the netrek servers since I've been using this client for well
over a year which isn't the case. I was able to login to bill's server
this past weekend without issue. So maybe it was code in one of the
fps patches that had an unintended consequence or a non-fps patch
submitted between Sunday and a few hours ago which is causing this