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#1 polly

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 03:19 AM

How do I find out who my sending and receiving servers are and since I am so ignorant, exactly what are servers anyway? Thanks

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:31 AM

They will be your email servers - pop for receiving and smtp for sending... your ISP will have their own mail servers which you are using.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:33 AM

If you are setting up a POP Email application to retrieve and send Emails, you will need the server names, which can be found on the Email provider's site; most generally, they will provide step by step instructions for setting up most major Email applications.
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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:09 PM

exactly what are servers anyway?


Servers are computers that service the requests of other computers (clients) by storing and distributing information to them. In the case of Email the servers are at your ISP's facilities and the client is the email program you use on your PC.

When people send you email it arrives at your ISP (because that's where your email address sends it - me@myisp.com) where it is held in the "in" server. It is stored there until the next time you start your email program. When your email program contacts the "in" server it downloads any new messages you have so they are now on your PC and you can read them.

When you write email your email program uploads it to the "out" server at your ISP. It is then the job of the "out" server to find the "in" server of the correct ISP for the recipient.

Obviously from the above description the process will not work unless your email program is set up with the correct names of the "in" and "out" servers.

Edited by Rimmer, 14 June 2005 - 09:12 PM.


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