Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Allen
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 10:33 PM
To: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject: Anyone have Comcast for an ISP?

Does anyone on here have comcast for an ISP? I use them and today I was
messing around on a machine I use for FTP service over my LAN (Not
accessible from the net so I'm not worried about using it for back ups)
and anyway, I wanted to set up one of my comcast accounts on it so I
could do as I've done for years, and use SSH to log into that machine
and use fetchmail to grab my email off comcast, and then use Mutt to
check it since I really like Mutt.

Well, I got sendmail up ad tested that it was working and it was working
fine. After that I tried sending a test email with Mutt.

For some reason ti failed even though it was the backed up copy of my
Muttrc that I used to use on EVERY machine I used mutt on. I always
backed it up because I had it looking really nice with colors and also
my email address was in there and I built in a mini addy book for my
friends and mailing lists I'm on so I didn't have to worry about an
address book being deleted by accident.

Well, it failed horribly. I can't send an email because it's blocked,
and also, using fetchmail isn't exactly working either and I can't stand
how getmailrc works....

So does anyone here use Comcast and Mutt for an email client that could
maybe reply and let me know how they do it? Id' like to use Mutt and
also I do like how simple fetchmail is to use, so fi you use these and
have Comcast for internet please reply with how you did it. I'm googling
right now but everything I find isn't exactly helpful, so if anyone here
uses Mutt and has Comcast please let me know how you did it.

What you have available in the e-mail realm when you are
on the Comcast network:

For e-mail CLIENTS you may retrieve mail via the standard
IMAP or POP3 ports from a remote non-comcast mailserver.

For e-mail CLIENTS you may send mail through a remote
non-comcast mailserver using the submission port 587 and
authenticated SMTP.

For e-mail SERVERS you can use fetchmail to pretend the
server is a mail client, then redistribute the mail
internally.  However you cannot use sendmail to send
out outgoing mail to port 25 on remote mailservers - unless
it's to the comcast mailserver.

  Comcast's residential
TOS prohibits servers and they enforce this by blocking incoming
traffic going to SMTP, IMAP and POP3 ports.

Now, I do know that cable and DSL modems are quite different but I am able to log into my Qwest DSL modem and open the port 25, port 80 or any other port for that matter. I live in Arizona so Qwest and Comcast are more or less only two choices for the residential ISP.

I had Sandmail server running for about a week but as I do not have static IP address, Domain Name, MX record and Reverse DNS there was no point keeping it as the mail would bounce from most mail servers. Getting static IP address is no big deal as well as Domain Name and setting up MX record but I think Qwest does not provide reverse DNS to residential accounts. They charge $26.95 + $6 (7Mps) for static IP for residential accounts. Essentially the equivalent "business" account is about $90 and they do provide reverse DNS as well. I think one has to sign some kind liability agreement for business account in the case your mail server becomes spam zombie. In reality you really have to run ClamAv and SpamAssassin beside Sendmail which was really overkill just for
my wife and me (my daughters are too small for email accounts).

I use IMAP and SMTP (Thunderbird client) ro recover mail from my University mail box. Qwest people were also nice to me after they realized that I do not care much for their Windows live and Hotmail account and offer me free of charge
5 email accounts on their mail server.

I think that the Comcast is doing something similar so you could use Mutt, Pine, or whatever email client you like to recover mail from your mail box on Comcast email server. I would not be surprised that they also run FreeBSD.

Predrag Punosevac

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