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POP3 Times out sporadically

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I've got a few mailboxes at GoDaddy which i'm using a C# mail client to send and receive thru POP3.
SMTP seems to be OK, but the POP3 seems to intermittently give me the :
 A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond ...
error.
Logging into the GoDaddy webmail portal sometimes seems to clear it, but its unreliable.
GoDaddy help is what you'd expect for £2pcm, so I can't get any diagnosis paths for it.
Is there a 'reset' command i can send with POP3 or something?
(sometimes it's OK, and with some mailboxes its ok, and others less so,spooky eh??)
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Probably nothing you can do, they just have too many clients and too much traffic.
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Simple as that you reckon? Actually, that's not too bad, i can just keep trying, its not urgent.
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Do you think, and there maybe no right answer to this, it would be better to do (e.g.) ten tries with say a 3 second timeout, or one try with a 30 second timeout? (or multiples thereof)
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Depends, I thought normal network timeouts are usually 60 seconds.  And another common practice is to backoff the timeouts so if the first is 3 seconds, the second would be 6 seconds, and the third would be 9 seconds.

I have Godaddy accounts and have occasional problems with the POP3 timing out.  I think that is usually 60 seconds but I don't know where that is set.
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I'm using a freebie c# pop3 library i found on the web, it seems really nice, "POP3MimeClient", and the connect timeout "ReadTimeout" which you can set. I guess it must be param sent in the pop3 handshake...maybe...
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