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determining outgoing mail server

i use thunderbird (edit:portable) for my college email account, and the smtp server associated with it is blocked on most networks. when im at home, school, or my parents' house i just switch between the outgoing mail servers associated with their networks, but when im checking my email from a public computer or a computer an an unknown network, i usually cant send emails because i dont know the server. this is especially irritating when traveling. is there an easy way to find out the outgoing mail server or, alternatively, to configure it to somehow use my email account's server? my school email uses squirrelmail for web-based access, if that matters.

Ryan McCue
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Are you using Thunderbird Portable or normal Thunderbird? If you are simply using the normal version of Thunderbird, head over to the forums at MozillaZine
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portable; i thought that was

im using portable; i thought that was implied by the fact that i mentioned using it in various different locations, but ill edit the question so as to specify.

John T. Haller
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Better Email Accounts

Better email accounts come with SMTP servers that you can use from anywhere in the world. The free accounts from schools or ISPs usually don't. And most net cafes, etc you connect from do *NOT* offer an SMTP server to you because of spam issues.

Your best bet is to get a good email account that includes SMTP you can use anywhere you want. Even Gmail does this.

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Chekck with your university, if you are using a university one. Like for example, USC has had smtp servers for at least 10 years..
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You haven't said if you have

You haven't said if you have an Internet account at home, if you do, you should be able to use the SMTP server configured for that account, just turn on authentication and type in your login and password.

This is what I do so I can send emails while at work without having the 10 line disclaimer added to them when they go through my work server.

If you don't have an Internet account at home then you can try finding an open relay (an SMTP server that does not require authentication) and hope it's not blacklisted. Or you can buy an email only hosting account for probably about $3 a month, they will give you access to a decent SMTP server which you use with authentication.

Oh, and an easy way to find a domain's SMTP server? The usual hostnames for SMTP servers are either mail or smtp, so for whatever domain you are on, prefix it with the hostname:,

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Had same issue...

and solved it with a Gmail account. They use a port that is not blocked by most ISP's. When in that situation, I just send via Gmail. Only issue is that the from header actually shows up as your gmail account. Haven't found a way around that one.


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