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free.fr ADSL down - up to 7 days (!) apparently to fix - suggestions

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Internet connection failed while we were out lunch on Sunday (Freebox Revolution, beein in place since 2009, about 400m from exchange). Didn't think it was stormy. Worked when we left (we'd been using) - not working on return and box couldn't establish a WAN link.

All cables checked although not by replacement.

Reported Monday AM to Free. Message late last night that a tech had to attend the exchange and that could take up to 7 working days, and longer if he didn't find problem first time.

And we have two parties of clients in (who oddly enough aren't complaining - must be hearty climbers or something, or child free).

Last time we had a problem we sourced very economical BouyguesT dongles but that service has been discontinued. And doesn't necessarily help that much as they'd only service one PC (yes, that could share connection but, tech).

Almost certainly would need at least 2 hotspots to cover the building. And they don't seem to be able to simply feed into existing access points...

Any bright ideas?
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MiFi ?
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@altis, thanks, but already considered - would need 2 as the ones they "hand out" don't have LAN ports to use as connection into existing network (I used hotspots above instead of MiFi).

Anyway deeper digging suggests that it's an Orange/FT issue if it is the line and so next step is to test both line with POTS and freebox on another (known good) line.
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Maybe one of these http://www.devolo.co.uk/article/devolo-wifi-repeater/ will attach to the dongle Wifi and give you a Lan port to feed the access points
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If you can get 3G/4G, I think most people could cope on their own mobiles (sharing as hotspots when needed), given free EU roaming now.

Or get a pay-as-you-go SIM with data bundle and share as a hotspot for others?
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@Themasterpiece, good point. This may be why they haven't been complaining!

@BergenBergen, hmm, I think that's reversing the intended use and may work if I need a longer term solution, but for a week, maybe overkill. Oh and I don't know whether Devolo use the same protocol as my existing Netgear powerline connections (which could bring up a whole new set of fun).
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Hah. Came up to test it. Unplugged replugged everything - it works... Puzzled
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@under a new name, the joys of French internet. I had problems with our Orange connection last March. Reset it, unplugged it, did everything I was told to. Nothing worked, so I sat on the helpine for ages. They said I had entered a wrong password, although I hadn't as it was saved on my laptop.Eventually they said there was a fault, and the engineer would be out in the morning. Later that evening, router started working again. Puzzled
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If this happens too often then investigate an ADSL-modem/router with a USB port where you can add an ordinary, cheap 3G dongle. If the ADSL fails then it will automatically fall-back onto 3G.

Some of the Draytek Vigors do this, eg:
http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/business/vigor-2860
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@altis, It's the first time this has happened since we switched to Free mid-2009. Network outages (often storm related) have happened but get fixed pretty quickly.

Will teach me to do the real basics next time. We have a router like that at home as our phones are now VOIP and our alarm goes over the phone (and doesn't have its own SIM card).

@Hells Bells, yes, S-i-Law about to switch providers because Orange have developed some infrastructure issue that's preventing her husband play Warcraft online (amongst other issues) and orange say it'll be the back of August before it's fixed (I have no idea what this could be). 2 weeks outage between providers? (there are ways around, but really??)
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preventing her husband play Warcraft online (amongst other issues)

OMG, that would cause a mutiny if it was my sons.
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@Hells Bells, there was nearly blood on the cream carpets. Especially as I was the last one to dick around with their router trying to eke more than 56kb* out of it (center of Chamonix as well).

*some exaggeration for effect, but not so much.
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Ooops I thought this was an ACL thread.
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