When I try to connect with RMI server which is off, the method Naming.lookup(...) ends with exception exactly after 8 minutes. It is too long. I tried to find solution, how to manipulate the timeout, but wasn't succesfull. I found something about Socks, but did't understand it at all. Then I found list of all System RMI properties, but modifying them gave no change in timeout behavior. Some simple examle would be appreciated. Thanks.