E-Mail trouble

I just moved to NYC and I got back onto the internet and nowI can’t seem to send out mail (although I can receive it). I’m curious what the prblem can be and I get the following error using Outlook (not express).

Task ‘FyberSolutions - Sending’ reported error (0x8004210B) : ‘The operation timed out waiting for a response from the sending (SMTP) server. If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).’

Please help me!

If it was working before and is not now - and you didn’t change any settings then you should try changing your outgoing server port to 587. ISPs are beginning to block outoging E-mail through servers besides them to help curb spam.


wow, that worked, I’m impressed ;). Never heard of that trick before. Just curious how you found out abotu that and why they choose to block port 25 and why to use 587… thank again! :slight_smile:

I found out about it in the K-base, and then as it was discussed here in the forum. As to why, I don’t know.


Because of outgoing spam (either intentional or sent my zombie PCs), most Internet access providers hijack outgoing port 25 SMTP traffic and route it through their system. This way they can catch and block the spammer ASAP. If IAPs don’t do this, they will get put on blocklists and then all their user’s outgoing mail is considered spam or spammy.

There are lots of alternate outgoing SMTP ports, such as port 587, that hosting providers like DreamHost use. My prediction is that eventually the more common ones will also be hijacked by IAPs. I get around all this by SSH tunneling my outgoing mail to a remote server so it appears that it originated on that remote SSH server.

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