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Emailing from network
on different networks...

 12:16 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi people,

You all know that a lot of ISP's don't allow sending email through their SMTP-Servers when you're not on their network.

But when using a laptop, and when hopping from location to location. You are on a different network all the time.
Resulting in problems with sending email, you have to change the SMTP-server all the time.

What do you do with your email to prevent this?
How can this be avoided?

Any tips are greatly appreciated.




 12:31 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Pay for a yahoo web mail account, emphasis on pay, gives you certain advantages


 1:14 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

My provider allows to use their SMTP server from other networks, as long as I authenticate with my username and password which is used for their POP3 server. They haven't documented this feature very well and I discovered it merely by accident.

You could try to enable password authentication in your email program and see if your own ISP accepts SMTP connections when you are on another network. It might work.


 2:36 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

It depends on the ISP used to sent your mail through here in the Netherlands.

I personally use xs4all, wich does allow sending mail through their server as long as I can show a username+password for it.

But what to do when your ISP does not allow this?
There should be ways to help overcome this problem.

Someone else is having this problem, so I'm looking for a solution for him.
IS there a solution for this?


 4:21 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use a commercial email provider that specializes in service for small businesses. I don't use the account or servers provided by my ISP.

I use my email provider's SMTP server. They support encryption with SSL as well as alternate ports for both SMTP and POP. So, there should be no issue if your ISP blocks the standard SMTP port.

They also do provide a webmail interface for use on-the-go without having to carry a notebook.

The service is inexpensive (I think $20/year) and reliable. I'm sure if you do a search you will find a number of companies offering this type of service.


 10:16 am on Jul 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

It depends on the account you have, most hosts have mailservers as mail.mydomain.com (which both is the incoming and outgoing mailserver), in that way you may need to or not use authentication when logging in at the mailserver. In this way you can avoid changing the smtp servers all the time.

However you can use webmail to send mail (if available).

[edited by: Istvan at 10:17 am (utc) on July 13, 2006]


 9:34 am on Jul 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ah, I see.
Best solution would be to convince your mail provider (wich provides the mailboxes) to also open up their SMTP server to be able to sent mail through there.
That would be with verification ofcourse, so that only people with an mailbox on that server would be able to send email.

I think I just added a new requirement to my list of items a host should comply with :P.

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