Re: its it possible to use SMTP on this basis

From: Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP] (
Date: 09/05/04

Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 23:49:42 -0400

having a dynamic IP address does not stop you from using SMTP to bring in
mail. I've been on a Verizon DSL (dynamic IP) connection for several eyars
with my SBS system. The solution is simply to sign up with a dynamic DNS
company that will handle it for you. There are both free ones and paid ones.
I happen to use TZO, but there are others lijke DynDNS and others.

Simply put, they provide two things - a URL for your use (like: to use with your MX record, and a piece of software that runs
on your server or workstation. This piece of software does nothing but sit
there an monitor your IP address. If or when it changes, it then sends a
message to update yout to point to the new IP address.

Works really well.

The paid for companies happen to offer add'l features, like storing your
email if your server is ever down, and then forwarding it to you when you
come back up.

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
"The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long"
"David Rodriguez" <David> wrote in 
> Hello, I would love to use SMTP but first of all I am on a dynamic IP it
> doesn't ever change. I have had the same one for over 2 years. Secondly my
> isp blocks port 25. I guess I am kinda stuck with POP3 Connection that 
> never
> says anything else except "Stopping....." Damn that drives me crazy. I 
> have
> tried everything to resolve that. Well I would hate to use a third party 
> app
> to pop, when ms has one built in for Exchange. Any help would be really 
> cool.
> Thanks
> David Rodriguez
> "Steve Foster [SBS MVP]" wrote:
>> Frustrated Poster wrote:
>> > Why not just answer the question?
>> >
>> > The question was in regards to a good third party POP3
>> > collector other than MS's.  He/She didn't ask whether SMTP
>> > or POP3 collections is the better method.
>> >
>> > I am sure the person who queried for this response would
>> > prefer an answer not a discussion.
>> So if someone came up to you with a gun and some bullets and asked "how
>> do I put these in this so I can shoot myself?", you'd go right ahead
>> and just answer the question?
>> There are some other elements to cover to the question about POP3 -
>> people have time and time again said they "need" it to collect more
>> frequently than 15 minutes - that's plain rubbish. Email is *not* a
>> time-sensitive delivery mechanism. The fastest way to have email
>> delivered with the minimum of delay is SMTP, not POP3. If you really
>> need instant delivery, you don't use POP3. Additionally, if collecting
>> mail for an entire domain, over dial-up, there's a good chance the POP3
>> connector could take as much as (or even more than) 15 minutes just to
>> do one download.
>> And, just for the record, an answer to the question of a good 3rd-party
>> alternative *was* given (POPBeamer).
>> One of the strengths of this group (IMHO) is that many of the regular
>> posters take the time and effort to try and educate the questioner, not
>> just rattle off one line answers (though explanation does seem a little
>> on the thin side in this particular thread). Remember also that they
>> are giving their time freely, without recompense, and it's
>> understandable that they occasionally get mildly irate at answering the
>> exact same question over and over, and thus post an answer that's
>> perhaps a bit more brusque than it might be (although the questioner is
>> not to know that), especially when it's pretty obvious that the person
>> asking the question has done no research.
>> -- 
>> Steve Foster [SBS MVP]
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