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Posted by: Christer on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 21:52
So, over the last week or so, a number of people from America (north, central and south) and Australia have been reporting trouble connecting to the site and playing games.

I've looked into this in as much detail as I can, and this is not a problem on the FUMBBL side, but appears to be an issue with an atlantic interconnect. Given the length of this trouble, I am guessing that it's simply something being overloaded by the higher than usual traffic causing problems (I've seen numbers around 30% higher than normal).

Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do from the site end, because the problem isn't on my end. However, there are a few things that can be tested:

1. First ensure that your Java installation is good and correctly configured: https://fumbbl.com/note/christer/JavaConfig

2. Second, try to access the site through an alternative ISP (mobile hotspot for example). See if this helps, in which case you could play through this hotspot instead (be mindful of your data cap though).

3. Set up a VPN and access the site through that. Try various different exit points to see which one works best for you.

VPNs come in various forms ranging from free ones to commercial ones. I will not recommend any particular one, but feel free to look around. On a more abstract level, though, I would recommend looking into VPN services you pay for since then your data isn't being tracked or sold to advertising companies. Generally speaking, if you're not paying anything *you* are the product (and I do realize the irony of saying that as someone who runs a for-free website).

I hope this information will be helpful to some of you, and allow you to play games again.