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A question for my son

Luzern
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A question for my son

Another Plusnetter! His modem has been showing a connection speed c. 7600, the highest he has ever seen, but has been unable to connect all day. error 721. I have had no problem, but live in Hampshire, he in Maidstone Kent (01622). Has there been a problem in that area?
No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Superuser
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Re: A question for my son

According the status information for that exchange there was a partial loss of service today, but only between 5:07pm and 6:02pm.
I suggest turning off the router for 30-40 minutes, then try to connect again. The extended break causes a reset at the exchange which might help.
David
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Re: A question for my son

@ spraxyt
My impoverished son still has a modem (Zoom!). Woukd your switch off recommendation be applicable still?
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: A question for my son

Yes, definitely. If you don't want to wait you could try logging in with the two test usernames and then back to your son's login - this will also reset the exchange kit.
First: bt_test@startup.domain with a password of 'test'
Second - bt_test_user@plusdsl.net (the realm - the bit after the @ sign - should be the same as your son's existing login realm)
password 'test'
Once you have recorded successful connections with both of these logins (you won't be able to see any web pages but if your modem reports a connection you have been successful) you should log back in with your son's existing username and password.
Please let us know if that doesn't help,
[Moderator's note by Peter (PJ): In order to avoid any further confusion from other users I have made the usernames display as standard text, not clickable links]
Luzern
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Re: A question for my son

@ orbrey. Can you clarify the location the two tests are to be done from? In view my son's difficulties I have presumed mine. About both tests, when I click on them my email starts up. Is that right as I do not see how you get to input a password. With second if my user name were qqq@xxx.plus..com what would I need input in full?
Sorry I am so obtuse.
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: A question for my son

You need to do this from your son's connection as that is the one with the fault.
Also it's the actual login for the DSL connection, not the email address. It depends if your son has a router or a modem - if he has a modem, there will be an icon he has to click on to start the connection and start being able to access the internet. It is the username and password for this that needs to be changed.
If he uses a router you will need to log on to the router's admin page in order to change the username - have a look at my post 'my broadband doesn't work' (there's a link in my signature, at the bottom of this post) and go to the 'Authentication' section, that should give you a bit more information.
Hope that helps,
Luzern
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Re: A question for my son

I'm somewhat puzzled.
How, if you cannot connect, can you send the emails?
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paulby
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Re: A question for my son

Because you're not sending any e-mails!
bt_test@startup.domain
bt_test_user@plusdsl.net
are USER NAMES to enter into the router or modem in place of the user name that your son currently connects to PlusNet with.
He then needs to re-enter his PlusNet user name, in the form <username>@plusdsl.net, and password. 
Doing the above should reset things as orbrey has said.
Edit:  stopped user names being clickable.
Simon_M
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Re: A question for my son

Lucerne
I see where the confusion is - orbrey doesn't want you to click on those user names. The trouble is, a user name is in the same format as an email address, in that it's <someone>@<somewhere>.<something>. So if you click on a user name in a forum post, your browser thinks you want to send an email to that person & helpfully opens up a new email message window for you.
As Paul03 says, what orbrey wants you to do is to give your son a ring & read out those test user names to him, so he can enter them into his connection settings.
My guess is that it's easier for him just to turn everything off for 30mins & then try again. If that doesn't work, get him to ring Plusnet support directly.
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Luzern
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Re: A question for my son

Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed for my stupidity. thanks all .... will let you know what happens when I've spoken to him
No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.