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TCP port 25 blocked by my ISP (Internet Service Provider)

Many email clients and services use port 25 for SMTP to send out emails. However a ISP (Internet Service Provider) may block port 25 in order to cut down the amount of spam that is sent from their networks.

All email sent via the Internet is routed through a protocol called SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) that uses by default TCP port 25. Port 25 blocking allows ISPs to block spam sent out through their networks, but it tends to punish the innocent that have a need to send through email servers other than those belonging to their ISP.

How to determine if TCP port 25 is blocked on your network.

From the console (command prompt) type the following

telnet smtp.myisp.com 25

Results for port 25 not blocked

If your ISP hasn't blocked port 25 then the returning result will look as follows:

Trying x.x.x.x
Connected to smtp.myisp.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 smtp.myisp.com ESMTP Tue, 18 Apr 2011 15:43:00

Results for port 25 blocked

If your ISP has blocked port 25 then the returning result will look as follows:

Trying x.x.x.x
telnet: connect to address x.x.x.x: Connection refused
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host

What can I do if port 25 is blocked?

If your ISP has blocked port 25 then the simplest solution is to use a mail relay service (as known as SmartHost). outMail is a outbound SMTP service which supports port 25 and alternative ports such as tcp port 587. The outMail service is safe and secure service using SMTPAuth for username and password authentication. outMail can be used on any device supporting the SMTP protocol from any location.

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