Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: jsbach-ga
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13 Jan 2003 14:22 PST
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Question ID: 142197
How can I set up Windows to receive e-mail directly from other computers or network devices over a LAN?
Answered By: sycophant-ga on 20 Jan 2003 17:23 PST
Hi jsbach, The situation you describe is fairly straight forward, and you should be able to set this up with little or no expense. Ideally what you need is a small, self-containted SMTP/POP3 server daemon that you can run on your laptop. A number of these programs should be available for your computer, and I will go into them shortly. On the 'black box' you will need to configure the SMTP server to be the IP address of your laptop, which will be running SMTP software. And similarly on the laptop, within the email client, you will need to configure the POP3 server to be the laptop (as it is the same machine, it is easiest to use 127.0.0.1). The mailserver will also have to be setup to accept mail for a certain domain, however as your network is private, this domain does not have to actually exist. It can be something such as "demonstration.com" or almost anything else you can think of. And it will need a rule defined that allows it to store the mail received to an address on that domain for later POP3 collection. The trickiest bit is going to be finding a suitable mail server, however there are a number available. You specifically need the following features: - SMTP functions - POP3 functions - Internal mail handling - not dependant on net connection A number of mail servers are listed in the Tucow archive: http://www.tucows.com/mailserver95_default.html Some promising candidates are: ArGoSoft Mail Server http://www.tucows.com/preview/195579.html http://www.argosoft.com/applications/mailserver/ Seems to offer the features you need, and has moderate support. Also features an internal web-mail system. Available in a number of different versions (Tucows link to Pro version) MailEnable Standard 1.5 http://www.tucows.com/preview/237718.html http://www.mailenable.com/ Offers the main features required and is available as Freeware software. Again, is available in multiple versions to support your budget and requirements. Offers online support and knowledge base. MDaemon 6.5.1 http://www.tucows.com/preview/273581.html http://www.altn.com/ MDaemon is a well known and well supported standalone mail server, and is suitable for a variety of roles. It offers the POP3 and SMTP features required and has many other features. Tucows link is to Demo version. Mercur Mail Server 4.2 http://www.tucows.com/preview/195570.html http://www.atrium-software.com/english.asp Mercur is another commercial server offering the basic services needed, and more. The Tucows link is to a 30-day Demo version. Any one of the above mail servers should be able to provide the functionality you require, however the difference is likely to come in the configeration and operation of each. For this reason I would suggest trying a few and also having a good look at the online documentation before you install them. If you are unable to get things working as they should, please feel free to request a clarification - I am very familiar with the operation of email systems, and should be able to help you clear up general difficulties. Good luck with your demonstration. Regards, sycophant
From: sparky4ca-ga on 15 Jan 2003 21:14 PST
There are a couple solutions to what you describe. One is to use instant messages through something like Windows Messenger, or even WinPop. The other is not exactly what you describe. Generally, when one computer sends an email message, regardless of who the message is addressed to, the mail program (Netscape Mail in your case) contacts the mail server, which can be a dedicated server or a server that happens to be running a mail server program. One example would be Exchange Server. There are also Linux based mail servers. The mail server (program) takes the message, stamps some info on to it, and either deposits it into a local mailbox or forwards it on to another mail server which does the same thing. This is why some email messages pass through several systems: example: here is a message that was sent to me by another user on my LAN. Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from domain.com ([her IP address]) by priv-edtnes61.domain.com(InterMail vM.5.01.05.17 201-253-122-126-117-20021021) with ESMTP id <20030116004116.FGWC7527.firstname.lastname@example.org>; Wed, 15 Jan 2003 17:41:16 -0700 Message-ID: <3E25F56D.F9717A62@domain.com> Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 15:57:35 -0800 From: Her name<her email@example.com> X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.72 [en] (Win98; U) X-Accept-Language: en MIME-Version: 1.0 Subject: [Fwd: Labor Pain] Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="------------0E7C47B38957ACE0991A65DD" X-Mozilla-Status: 8001 X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000 X-UIDL: <3E25F56D.F9717A62@telus.net> As you can see, the message was received by our ISP's mail server and then put in my mailbox, and I then downloaded it when I checked my mail. Sometimes there are several "received from xxx by xxx" lines, as one is added by each mail server. There may be another solution, but I'm not familiar with it. If you want the emssages to go direct from PC to PC, then you'd have to run and use that software on each PC, as no common mail client like Netscape or Outlook (Express) is designed to send to different computers for each message. All are designed to send all messages to one mail server. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you.
From: funkywizard-ga on 16 Jan 2003 03:36 PST
the only real way to do this is to run an email server on each computer that wants to directly recieve its email. Your email address would then be something like yourname@TheNameOfThePcWhereThisMailShouldGoTo.yourdomainname.com. This would be much simplier however, if you want only one email server on your local network, which would directly send and receieve all the email for your lan. Let me know if you are interested and I could find some appropriate software for this purpose.
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