Yeah, it's hard to perform any meaningful test from here without a valid username and password.
in reply to Re^2: Cannot connect to https site
in thread SOLVED:Cannot connect to https site
Even if I change the url (in the script you provided) to:
I still can't even browse to that. All I get is a redirect to:
and an error message that says:
Sort of suggests to me that you have to be logged in *before* you can even get to that page ... seems odd, but I don't know much about the way these things work. (Magic, I expect ;-)
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Maybe you need to shift your investigation to trying to understand how on earth it is that the old connection worked.