Need help with email.

Posted on 2003-03-18
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I have a big problem!

Ok, I am trying to set up my hivemail program to receive emails. I registered a domain with godaddy.com.  Now here is the problem, my isp blocks port 25, 53, and 80(I don't think they block port 110). I run apache with php and mysql. Since my isp blocks port 80, I have to run my server on another port. Now I know I can't run a dns or smtp server because ports 25 and 53 are blocked. So I was wondering how could I set it up so that I use the space on my computer to store the emails messages and use my isp stmp server to send the messages under username@mydomain.com?

If you didn't understand any of that, what i'm trying to say is "How do I host email for mydomain.com with the ports blocked?"
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Expert Comment

ID: 8178115
just use other ports... then tell whoever uses ur mail server about which ports u use ... they'll type em in their mail clients and there u go... port 25 and 110 are not THE ports to use.. they are simply standards.. u can use whatever u like... that should be it :)

Author Comment

ID: 8178153
I tried setting different ports, but I still cannnot receive email from anyone that doesnt use my smtp server i.e. Hotmail and Yahoo.  I have the A record for mail.mydomain.com set to my ip, and my MX record set to mail.mydomain.com. I also have a linksys router, so I I need to forward any other ports or set a hostname to it? Im using Merak Mail Server now if that helps any.

Expert Comment

ID: 8178169
whats ur domain name??? and yes u need to forward traffic from ur router!! else it doesnt know where to deliver the packages!!

dns ... as ur port 53 is blocked... use outside dns server!!
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Author Comment

ID: 8178798
I use express.powerdns.com for my dns.  I have checked that the A record mail.rtsexperts.com points to my ip, and my mx record point to mail.rtsexperts.com. I forwarded ports 26 & 366 smtp ports, 110 for pop3, and 32000 for the mail server admin program. I have set the mail server to use port 26 & 366(secondary) for smtp and 110 for pop3. The assume that the mail server is configured right because I can send email to anywhere and recieve mail from someone on my lan. I don't know what else to do. I just set my router host name to mail.rtsepxerts.com and domain name to rtsexperts.com, I haven't tested it after I did that, but I don't think it will make much of a difference. I just don't know what else to do.

Author Comment

ID: 8178989
Well, what port is used when someone sends an email to my mail server? Is it the default smtp port 25 or what, because if that is blocked by my isp then I have no change of using it, since I can't receive any information for the mail server. And if it is not 25 what port is it, for I can forward it to the internal ip of the mail server.

Author Comment

ID: 8178996
P.S I am transferring my dns service to zone edit, because for some reason express powerdns is forwarded all rtsexperts.com mail to my old email address for some reason. it is either them or godaddy.com. I really hope its not godaddy.com because their is no way I can edit my catch all email on there.

Accepted Solution

bobsledbob earned 300 total points
ID: 8179253

you can't do it.  there's no mechanism to specify which port your mx record should talk to.  therefore, if someone doesn't know the port, then they can't send you email.  port 25 is it.  it's not even possible in your email address to specify a port.

it's possible that you could get a buddy or something to redirect mail for you, using something like procmail or a simple proxy or firewall redirection setup.  that is, he would host your mx record and transparently forward email for your domain to your personal mail server.

this is actually pretty close to a setup that a lot of isp's run for their customers.  it's called esmtp.  basically, you specify your isp/friend's email server as the mx server.  his server will spool your email.  then, your mail server can connect to his mail server via esmtp and download the mail for your domain.  pretty easy and very standard.

finally, you could create a website email gateway for yourself, basically sending people there who need to send you email.  your webpage script could deliver to your custom port.

Author Comment

ID: 8179266
Thx, I guess im stuck with hivemail for now, its a really good program, only if godaddy forward my email right.

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