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Re: [LUG] Router mysteries


On 13/01/14 11:18, Tremayne, Steve wrote:
So, let me get this right.

Your new router with the "correct" xDSL user account data is not connecting to your 
But an old router with the "wrong" user account data is connecting to your ISP?

You mention that you think you have been sharing a line - not a party line, surely?

I'm wondering if you've got 2x DSL accounts running - have you checked your bank 
account's direct debits recently?!

I've seen remote configuration change various settings before, but I can't see how 
your phoneno@wrongISP details can authenticate you... (unless DST = TalkTalk 

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George Parker
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Subject: [LUG] Router mysteries

Now here's a funny thing.
I got a nice new router for Xmas, a TP-Link TD-W8968 with an oh so handy usb 
connection for me to play with. I connected it, set it up to my user name and 
password and the network manager said it was connected.  But it wasn't, no data 
being downloaded. Back to the old router which connected fine so I looked at the 
user name and password on that.  And lo and behold I had a user name that wasn't 
mine, with a password that I couldn't read, naturally.

My user name is MyBrixhamPhoneNumber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The user name in my 
old router (a Daycom? I don't have it to hand) was 
ADifferentBrixhamPhoneNumber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx  I have been running this modem for close 
to 10 years off and on and I certainly never put that user name in.  A couple of 
service calls to Direct Save Telecom (DST) later and the problem with the new router 
turned out to be that it was set up for Israel on the VPI/VCI settings. So much for 
quick set-up wizards.  But DST couldn't explain to me how my old modem setting had 
changed but they did say that they use the Talk Talk kit in the Brixham exchange.  I 
did flirt with moving to Talk Talk sometime last year but I came to my senses and 

The saga continues. I had a call from DST yesterday re my router.  I switch all my 
kit off at night, including the router, and BT had been on to DST saying this was 
screwing up their monitoring equipment and indicating a faulty line. Could I leave 
my router permanently switched on please?  BT not Talk Talk?

I think I've been sharing a line with someone for a good while and that their router 
has been permanently switched on. Or what? Answers on a post card to Confused of 


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Hi Steve,
I am not on a party line. I am definitely only paying one direct debit and that is to DST. AFAIK there is only BT and Talk Talk kit in the Brixham exchange so DST must be using one of them but does this make them a reseller?


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