SMTP is the acronym for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, and is the Internet standard for the transmission of email. In order to configure your outgoing email from your email client software, you need to know your SMTP host name. In some cases, you might also need to know the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your SMTP host, in order to fully set up your email account.
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How to Find Your SMTP host Name
Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for their SMTP information. Your ISP will readily give you the information so that you can set up and configure your email. Call and ask to be connected to technical support. You will be required to tell them your account number and password, so have that information on hand. Alternatively, if you have a working email account through an installed email application, you can also find the SMTP information from there.
Launch your email application. Click the “Tools” menu and select “E-Mail Accounts” from the drop down list. The E-Mail Accounts window will open.
Select “View or change existing e-mail accounts” and click “Next.” Select the email account you want to view and click the “Change” button. The SMTP information is displayed in the window under “Server Information.” It is in the box next to “Outgoing mail server (SMTP).” For example, the SMTP information will say, “smtp.myISPname.com.”
Find Your SMTP IP Address
All devices on your network have an IP address, even an Apple iPad. Open the DOS mode in your computer to find the SMTP IP address. Click the “Start” button and type “cmd” in the search box. Select the “cmd” icon from the results. The cmd prompt window will open.
Type one of the following commands at the prompt:
The “ISPsitename” is the domain name of your Internet Service Provider.
Press the “Enter” key. The next line displayed will contain the SMTP server address. For example, the next line will say: "Pinging smarthost.ISPsitename.com x.x.x.x with 32 bytes of data." The x.x.x.x will be your SMTP IP address.
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