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Author Topic: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page  (Read 774 times)

adslmax

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BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« on: November 14, 2020, 10:55:54 PM »

I know many of us including myself hate the new layout of BT Broadband Availability Checker: https://www.broadbandchecker.btwholesale.com/#/ADSL as it never work with follow that page if the checker has made any change in this link: https://www.followthatpage.com and the new lay out of checker also annoying with captcha.

Does anyone know how to get this work again from this follow that page?
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2020, 02:59:55 AM »

I don't get your purpose, its probably not going to change again any time soon and the captcha will be specifically to avoid anyone automatically pulling the page.
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2020, 09:13:07 AM »

As per Alex's post I think BT have designed it so it can't be pulled in the way you want.
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2020, 10:11:32 AM »

IIRC they also monitor the number of requests from each IP address, and block the IP address if it exceeds the limit, I've no idea what the limits are or how long the block lasts, I'd stopped using my screen scraping software long before that was brought in.

I would of thought the CAPTCHA would be fairly easy to be overcome, you'd just need to pass the image through a decent OCR system, but the IP block would be a lot harder to overcome - you'd need to use a VPN and change the IP Once blocked, which could be pretty frequently.

Would be handy if my software still worked as I could monitor the local roll out of FTTP like I did with FTTC all those years ago.
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2020, 10:13:24 AM »

I think the reply to the same query posted on the TBB forums has some merit!

No.

The captcha was added to prevent people from abusing the system with automatic or bulk lookups.

You get far too hung up on tiny changes to your estimates.
You have all your neighbours estimates documented and periodically check them all for changes. It's an unhealthy obsession.
You get the full 80/20 that OpenReach FTTC/VDSL allows. Why not just enjoy it.

I only check my estimates if I'm switching ISP.
It's the only time it's even relevant.
Now that I'm on FTTP I'll probably never check my results ever again.

You need to try to stop obsessing over estimates that don't impact your service.
It's clearly not doing your mental health any good max.
Being notified of tiny changes to your estimates would just make it worse.
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 10:50:02 AM »

I'd completely agree with the sentiments in that post on tbb. I would just add that I'd also check if I was having speed issues and want to check on the values for hand back.

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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 10:57:20 AM »

I finally found a work round it. Via follow that page as it now worked but on different bt broadband availability checker url link without captcha!
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Re: BT Broadband Availability Checker via follow that page
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2020, 01:17:00 PM »

I finally found a work round it. Via follow that page as it now worked but on different bt broadband availability checker url link without captcha!

Max, you need to think about what was said on the TBB forum (copied by @jelv above). It's really good advice.
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