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#1 bulrush

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:37 AM

Win XP and Outlook Express

The Comcast SMTP server for sending email is really unreliable. It has been down since 6-10-11 and shows no sign of being fixed. This often happens (about every 3 weeks), but will fix itself within 48 hours usually.

So, I am looking for a free or low-cost SMTP server.

- Gawab.com died from hardware problems on 6-1-11.

- A SMTP server running on my PC won't work because I need another SMTP server upstream anyway to send emails to.

- The Gmail SMTP server changes your From: line and Reply To: line so I can't use that.

I'm not looking to spam, just send email to family.

Everyone: avoid Comcast if you can. Their SMTP server just doesn't work.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:34 AM

Get a gmail account. That's what all my family did for personal accounts.

If you are referring to sending from a web page, doesn't your host supply one?
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#3 bulrush

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:13 PM

My message above says the Comcast SMTP server (my ISP) is unreliable. Yes Comcast supplies one...and it doesn't work.

Gmail won't work because it changes the From: and ReplyTo: address in your email line. So if I'm sending email from my address cr123@blah.com on Thunderbird on WinXP, Gmail changes the From address to my Gmail address: crgmail@gmail.com.

That won't work for me.

Edited by bulrush, 14 June 2011 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:23 PM

I was asking about host of your web page (blah.com?), if any. Blah.com would be hosted somewhere on a host such as GoDaddy. Not your ISP.
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:13 PM

Ah. Here's the confusion. My ISP, Comcast, did issue me an email address, like cr123@comcast.net. Their POP server works fine for receiving emails onto my PC (Outlook Express), but their SMTP server is frequently down. So I can't send replies. So...I'm in need of a free SMTP server. Not a PC program to run in Windows, but an actual offsite SMTP server.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:22 PM

Sounds as though you do not have a web page.

I don't understand this:

So if I'm sending email from my address cr123@blah.com


If you have an email account on blah.com, blah.com would normally have an SMTP server to let you send mail so you wouldn't be using comcast SMTP..

Or are you calling comcast blah.com?? Not that I blame you.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:44 AM

I actually got a useful reply from Comcast tech support. So I got the issue fixed.

I hate it when I send in a tech support msg and they (big corporations) just do a grep of FAQs and send me the results, which end up being useless. I already did a search myself, and did not get help via the FAQs, that is why I'm sending a msg to tech support in the first place. Gawd, that is annoying.

Thanks.




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