25
Oct

Telnet to SMTP Server

This was one of those “Hey! I didn’t know that!” moments when I found out that you can actually telnet to an SMTP server. This allows you to test the server as well as do other cool things such as send and receive email. By no means is it the most conventional way of sending and receiving email, but does help you flex your geek muscles a bit more. Since this is already a topic that is covered rather well by the community, I’m just going to refer you to the following article to give it a whirl:

http://www.yuki-onna.co.uk/email/smtp.html

Also, it appears that Google will allow you to do this with your gmail account (see the last answer):
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=78775

What do ya know? It seems that there’s a similar thing for POP3 accounts as well:
http://techhelp.santovec.us/pop3telnet.htm

Have fun!

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