I am really confused.
(We get intermittent problems with the web stopping, and downloads crawling or failing. BBC iPlayer occasionally pauses itself, and says buffering or no internet. )
I cannot get into the Troubleshooter and Speed Tester. It just sticks on the three bouncing balls for as long as I leave it open - even overnight.
I contacted BT because on one attempt it came back with a message
"Troubleshooter and Speed testerAccount checks. We’re sorry, something went wrong.Please get in touch" and it gave a link to chat.
Instead of fixing this, chat told me to go to the bt wholesale speed checker. Long story, but eventually I was told there was a fault nearby and it would be fixed. I even got an email confirming, and a reference
VOL055-*************. It is supposed to be fixed by yesterday 6th.
Supposedly I can check how that fault report is going, but if I go to the fault report check link sent to me, it takes me on a roundabout route via signing in AGAIN (even though I am already signed in to my BT ID) to an error page where it says TRACKFAULT_PAGE_HEADER.
It does this on my Windows 10 PC in Firefox and Edge and Chrome. It does the same on my mobile and my tablet running Opera, Chrome or Roboform.
Are these pages (Troubleshooter and Fault Tracker) working for anyone else? How can I get to find out what they think the fault was, and whether it has been fixed?
@Fellwalker Thanks for posting, I'm really sorry to see you're having problems with your connection. Can you post your router stats and we'll take a look? I've removed the reference as this is a public forum and visible to everyone on the internet so best to keep that kind of info private.
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Thanks for your interest. As I cannot access anything to do with that fault code, I didn't have any idea that there was anything personal in it. Thanks for hiding it - but is there any way you can tell me anything from it?
Router stats as follows:
BT Hub 6A
4 Days, 23 Hours 33 Minutes 15 Seconds
20.00 Mbps / 74.00 Mbps
32241 / 80098
13.7 dB / 7.4 dB
3710 MB Uploaded / 15704 MB Downloaded
Smart (Channel 6)
Smart (Channel 36)
When I used the Wholesale checker it gave me
Download speed 67.41
Upload speed 17.02
A few minutes later it gave me 66.89 / 16.74 / 21.50
Today it gives me 68.14 / 13.96 / 45.00
My laptop is connected via the ethernet cable that came with the hub, and my wifi is turned off.
@pompey1898thanks, yes. I have used that one before. Today it shows
The reason I was looking at the BT one was because it said "troubleshooter". The reason I went on chat with BT was to find out why it wasn't working, and what they could do about my broadband. The ping or latency seems to be the most variable thing.
I've preferred to use the thinkbroadband one (their forums have been extremely helpful in previous years)
your connection time is 4+ days have you been having drops in conenction or was that a manual reset 4 days ago?
your down speed is 74mb and the download speed vary as you would expect but all still very good on a 74mb conenction speed and should be fine for streaming. are the devices which are having problems wireless connections?
try quiet line test dial 17070 option 2 should be silent and best with corded phone
Thanks for your interest @imjolly
It was a manual reset. The BT YouView box had stuck , yet again, this time with message signal lost, so I had started to investigate and had gone onto myBT to try and do a troubleshoot. As in my initial post, that failed so I went on chat. I was advised by the BT chat person to restart the hub.
I do not think from anything I have seen that it actually LOSES the connection. I think the latency increases beyond what is manageable and that stops the iPlayer and web site responses.
It is wired through a devolo dLan 500 networking over powerline connection. That shows a pretty consistent 160 Mbps or better connection. It is a triple at the lounge end, also used by the TV and an old YouView box - but they are never using it at the same time.
The line is quiet. Good job I bought a cheap wired phone and remembered where I had put it!
I've just had a quick look at the system log on the HomeHub, and every two minutes approx, there is an entry
I've read that IGMP is used by BTTV, which we do not have.
Even though you don't have BT TV your hub still gets the IGMP braodcasts. This is perfectly normal. IIRC they will be in groups of 4.
@pippincp no groups, just continuously every 2 minutes.
Sorry, this is obviously a side distraction.
The outstanding issues are :
1. Why do we frequently get high latency / ping? Does that cause BBC iPlayer to freeze and Web sites to occasionally not respond immediately.
2.Why can't I get to the BT Troubleshooter and Fault Reporter, or to the BT Fault Checker?
3. Can anyone tell me what happened to my fault, as I have no way of checking it. I have in the past been told when the BT Chat person wasn't helping that a fault had been found and fixed, once even that they had "pushed a reset to the line" - which clearly had never happened. This time the BT chat person failed to explain why I couldn't do (2) above, but did actually give me a Fault Code (removed by a mod). But I can't find out what the fault was and whether it has been fixed.