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Sean O'Dwyer23/09/2018 19:11:22
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You can't change the DNS settings on the BT Hub no

leccyflyer23/09/2018 19:12:12
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Working fine for me. Google Chrome Windows 10.

Ron Gray23/09/2018 20:19:58
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Logic says that if something has changed over the last few days, it was working before and now isn’t plus it seems to be affecting a lot of people plus it works on some browsers and not others, then it’s a security setting / cert that has changed on the BMFA side. You should not, as an end user, have to play around with any router settings to get it working again, it is something that the BMFA will / are looking into (as mentioned elsewhere in this thread).

BTW, I run Macs and the site is not available using Safari or Opera but in my Win10 VM I can accesss it using Edge.

Peter Christy23/09/2018 22:56:02
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Posted by Sean O'Dwyer on 23/09/2018 19:11:22:

You can't change the DNS settings on the BT Hub no

Sean, If you are using a router and have set it up with the supplied disk (or by pressing the buttons on the thing) to link it to your computer, your computer will probably have set its DNS to look at the hub. You can still change the settings on your computer so that it uses its own DNS settings rather than the hub's.

Ron, I completely agree that this shouldn't be necessary, but someone needs to diagnose the problem. All my machines (Mac, Linux and Windows) log on without issues. The only "odd" thing I do is use OpenDNS. It could be that something has indeed changed at the BMFA end, but that change hasn't rippled through to all the DNS servers yet (perhaps a switch to https?). If we can confirm or eliminate this, it will help diagnose the problem.

Perhaps your windows VM is using Micro$ofts DNS rather than your ISP's? Can you check?



Sean O'Dwyer24/09/2018 10:16:09
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Hi Pete,

I've just set the Windows DNS to your openDNS settings that you posted earlier, but the problem still persists.

Cheers Sean

Willyuk24/09/2018 10:19:13
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I run win 10 on a laptop, Mac os X on a desktop, IOS on an Ipad and Android on my phone. It works on ALL of these as I have just checked. So something strange is going on for some folks

Peter Christy24/09/2018 10:28:00
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Sean: OK, thanks for checking! I thought that might be the problem, but at least its something we can now eliminate from further investigation.

I would suggest restoring your original settings, unless you want to continue using OpenDNS. **LINK**

And thanks for your help! I would have done it myself, but I'm not having the problem...!



Rocker24/09/2018 12:25:51
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I am still lock out of the BMFA web site and not being that up on computers I not going to mess my setting up just to get the BMFA web site ,.All the other web site are fine .The BMFA need to sort this out .Come December it will be time to rejoin So much for rejoin online !!!!

Robert Cracknell24/09/2018 12:30:34
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Is there anyone at BMFA HQ monitoring this and perhaps giving us an update....??

Paul Marsh24/09/2018 12:30:57
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I reckon it could be out for weeks, even into October. Problem is that it's not a big site, such as Amazon. If goes down, it will be up straightaway - being their only source or sales - the internet and having back up upon backup servers to make sure their site doesn't go off line for even a second...

A Model Shop, or, there is no rush...

Denis Watkins24/09/2018 12:55:33
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Apologies lads, but my 5 contacts have emailed that https is still accessible from






None were unable to access the site for the whole of this post

PatMc24/09/2018 15:04:09
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I'm in the Newcastle area & I can't access the BMFA site.

Paul Marsh24/09/2018 15:14:23
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I tried logging on with a new device last night, first time it was powered up - an Alphawise H96 pro, a sort of Smart TV internet/film music box that you can access my network to play into the TV. Also has internet access and tried to log on onto BMFA. Still not working.

I think the only way it would work if someone had their own VPN, by-passing the Http protocol.

John Tee24/09/2018 17:33:06
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I can log in and see everything , but I can't access the club management portal as per the email I recieved last week.

Using W10 creator and Firefox. (Sussex)


Slickriff24/09/2018 17:33:43
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Seems to be working again.
trebor24/09/2018 17:36:14
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You must be taking the Mick, not working for me no

Denis Watkins24/09/2018 17:38:11
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Online renewals are

Turned off until 28th Sept

Edited By Denis Watkins on 24/09/2018 17:59:25

Martin Harris24/09/2018 18:13:44
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My BT router (Hub 5) is set to the following DNS servers:

Primary DNS:
Secondary DNS:

If DickW or another BT user who is experiencing problems could confirm whether they are using the same DNS servers it would eliminate this possibility as I am getting to the site every time - on top of which, the only time I had a problem was when I was using an iPad via a Sky router at my daughter's.

Sean O'Dwyer24/09/2018 18:29:56
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Yes, I have the problem and my BT Hub has the same settings.

However, we have already established that this is not a DNS problem as I have tried the OpenDNS values on my PC and still had the problem.


David Banks 124/09/2018 19:18:52
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I havent been able to access the site for several days.

Windows 10 pro, BT Hub 6, tried Chrome and Edge, also tried on my phone and wifes iPad - no good.

Have cleared cache etc and flushed DNS settings etc and still get the same error message even with open DNS


This site can’t provide a secure connection sent an invalid response.


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