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Just came across a new challenge. I have a Wi-fi set up @ work, and a wired connection @ home (2 diff ISPs). Until yesterday, I had no issues sending or receiving mail @ work. Now, I can only receive them. :mad: Wondered what the #@$ was up suddenly, I started to play around. I had my home ISP's full POP & SMTP path, which obviously worked @ home, and was fine @ the office. Now, nothing. A hunch got me to change it to my work ISP's SMTP address, and presto! :rolleyes:

I'm assuming that this was a setting @ my work ISP that changed somewhere, but I don't get it.

Anyhow, this is my Q?:

Is there a way of having multiple SMTP settings w/o having to change them all the time? Like a POP profile, within a profile/user acct? So that I may have 2 settings for the same acct? I'm pretty sure you can in Mail... Did that make sense??

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If you have an account set up, call it "Mail' for arguments sake, you can't have two SMTP servers in that account.

What you can do, is make a new account with only the info required to send a message, call it "Mail Send at work" for example, leaving out the POP info, but leaving in the return email address (for obvious reasons).

Leave the account settings with the recieving settings as the default, so when you are home you use it to send out mail.

When you are at work, create a new message to send. If you look up where it says 'From:' you will notice that it is a pull down menu. Simply select the new account you have created for sending messages at work when you are at work, and leave it as your home account when you are at home.

Not the most elegant solution, but it works. That is how I send emails when I go to visit my parents, because their ISP doesn't allow me to send email to a server other than their own.

--PB
 

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In them old days, you used to be able to 'cross over' and use the SMTP from virtually any ISP. In the UK they stopped this for two reasons: my home ISP apparently found some nasty porn from Japan that was rooted through them by non UK registered users; and in the UK you can get your internet for free provided that you call through the line of your ISP (local calls are not free like in Canada). But clever blokes kept routing their outbound messages from other ISPs thereby depriving the original ISP from revenue. This became particularly true when smaller ISPs became unable to offer broadband.

Net result: total segregation. It even extends to newsgroups: I subscribe to groups from my home ISP (British Telecom) and cannot gain access from the office. Furthermore, my office ISP doesn't offer a newsgroup server...

The solution above is convenient and elegant. You can also modify your mail prefs each time you change locations or use the 'reply to' field. I would be interested to know as a follow-up question if it is possible to set-up full profiles for several applications: i.e. you get home, your network connection settings change, your printer settings change and your mailbox config. changes. Any ideas?
 

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Moscool, I hear you. PB - thanks for the 'work around', although the pull down is what I was trying to avoid. The reason being is that I have a few addresses: one for each job I have (apparel/music label) so I like to try to keep them separate. It just hate this though... Err-thing was so cool just a week ago...

SO re: you're query mos, There must be something, but the thing is that if you set up say a work user and home user, can they share a email acct is the Q? is that possible??

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