Re: Wi-fi and SMTP
- From: rico_001@xxxxxxxxxxx (Rico)
- Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 16:42:38 GMT
In article <l0v652hnntgrug09eht8s6efm8aq6p0hk6@xxxxxxx>, Dave Rudisill <denali@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Alan" <kipper_fillet@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Apologies if I'm repeating old questions, or if I should have looked
for an FAQ etc. Am rather pushed for time unfortunately.
I have an Apple Mac Powerbook with a wireless card. All works fine at
home. When I travel, I often use wi-fi hotspots, but I'm not able to
send emails although I can receive them fine.
I'm assuming that it's because my computer doesn't know the details of
the relevant SMTP server - is that correct? In a given situation, how
can I find these details? I'm about to visit a friend who, like me,
has a wireless network at home so I'd like to be able to send emails in
the usual way rather than messing around with webmail etc.
The simplest solution is to get a Gmail account, which will give you
access to their authenticated SMTP server. Simply change your existing
email software to use the Gmail SMTP server rather than your ISP's
server. After you make that one-time change, you will be able to send
email whether connected at home or on the road.
That said, there are circumstances when you will still be stymied. Some
public networks block the usual ports used for sending mail, and at
least one ISP that I use (at a friend's house) will not allow use of any
SMTP server except theirs. In 99% of the cases, though, switching to the
Gmail server will solve your problem.
What is happening is you ar enot 'logged in' to your ISP's mailserver or
the hotpsot is blocking port 25 (this is an anti-spam measure some ISPs
take, sort of helps deal wuth customer computers being taken over by bots).
Aside from Gamil and the other free web mails, see if your mail server
(ISP) can be configured to also listn on a different port. Then if 25 is
blocked 'who cares I don't use it' applies.
My host supports this as my ISP blocks 25, so my host (I don't use my ISP
for anything but connectivity and usenet) allows me to submit outgoing mail
on a different port along with the usual ID confirmation etc. Works great
when I travel, at home etc. ISPs don't look at the type of traffic, they
just block certain ports, get off them and you are good to go.
fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
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