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Manually test a POP3 incoming email server

Manually test a POP3 incoming email server

Overview: Determine if your PC can connect to your POP3 email server directly, without using an email client (such as Outlook).

 

From a command prompt type the following commands:

telnet mail.mydomain.com 110 (replace 'mail.mydomain.com' with your POP3 server) [press Enter]

You should be greeted with a POP3 server response, similar to this:

+OK POP3 server ready (If you don't get this far then you're blocked, perhaps by a firewall)

Now type the following:

user myemail@mydomain.com (replace 'myemail@mydomain.com' with your email address) [press Enter]
pass ***** (enter your email password) [press Enter]
list [press Enter]
top 1 0 (Only enter this command if it lists messages) [press Enter]
quit[press Enter]

If you can list messages this way but get errors in your email client then you need to check your email account settings are entered correctly. At least you confirmed that a firewall was NOT blocking your email traffic on port 110.

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Click " Start  ", " Run... ", type the command listed below and click " OK "

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Article ID: 6, Created On: 4/25/2008, Modified: 11/29/2011

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