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  • It's Comcastic!

    From Mindless Automaton@VERT/ELDRITCH to DOVE-Net.Internet on Thu Aug 1 12:54:26 2013
    It appears Comcast finally got around to shutting down inbound &
    outbound port 25 in my area. (NJ) :(

    While I can still send from using port 587, I cant receive email with
    port 25 blocked.

    Also, I use dynamic dns and have no way to do any MX redirect to another
    port or anything.

    What would be the cheapest option to work around blocked in/out port 25?

    Comcast Business account is definitely not. :)


    Thanks!

    -Mindless Automaton
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    ■ Synchronet ■ Eldritch Clockwork BBS - eldritch.darktech.org
  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT/REALITY to Mindless Automaton on Thu Aug 1 13:32:20 2013
    Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Mindless Automaton to DOVE-Net.Internet on Thu Aug 01 2013 12:54 pm

    Also, I use dynamic dns and have no way to do any MX redirect to another port or anything.

    What would be the cheapest option to work around blocked in/out port 25?

    I'm in a similar boat, and I use DNSExit.com. It's $25 a year for dynamic DNS and mail redirection.

    DNSEXIT is my primary mail exchanger, name server and receives mail for my domain. It contacts my mail server on TCP 940 (or one of a handful of ports you can choose)

    They have a DDNS client that works nicely, too. It's a simple solution that seems to work well.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Mindless Automaton on Thu Aug 1 19:31:05 2013
    Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Mindless Automaton to DOVE-Net.Internet on Thu Aug 01 2013 12:54:26

    It appears Comcast finally got around to shutting down inbound &
    outbound port 25 in my area. (NJ) :(

    That's a bummer. :( As a Comcast customer myself, I hope they don't do that in my area. But for all I know, perhaps they already have..

    Nightfox

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  • From Bbikebbs@VERT/OLDTIME to Mindless Automaton on Fri Aug 2 00:50:00 2013
    Mindless Automaton wrote to DOVE-Net.Internet <=-

    @VIA: VERT/ELDRITCH
    @MSGID: <51FA92C0.249.dove-netinternet@eldritch.darktech.org>
    @TZ: ffffff10
    It appears Comcast finally got around to shutting down inbound &
    outbound port 25 in my area. (NJ) :(

    While I can still send from using port 587, I cant receive email with
    port 25 blocked.

    Also, I use dynamic dns and have no way to do any MX redirect to
    another port or anything.

    What would be the cheapest option to work around blocked in/out port
    25?

    Comcast Business account is definitely not. :)


    Thanks!

    -Mindless Automaton
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    = Synchronet = Eldritch Clockwork BBS - eldritch.darktech.org

    Comcast here as well in Georgia. Hope they don't get this far!

    Keep us posted as to your progress. I'm definitely interested!
    ... Scott -- The Old Time BBS -- oldtime.synchro.net
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    ■ Synchronet ■ -- The Old Time BBS Telnet: oldtime.synchro.net
  • From Dreamer@VERT/SETXBBS to Mindless Automaton on Fri Aug 2 10:05:00 2013
    Mindless Automaton wrote to DOVE-Net.Internet <=-

    It appears Comcast finally got around to shutting down inbound &
    outbound port 25 in my area. (NJ) :(

    While I can still send from using port 587, I cant receive email with
    port 25 blocked.

    Also, I use dynamic dns and have no way to do any MX redirect to
    another port or anything.

    What would be the cheapest option to work around blocked in/out port
    25?

    Comcast Business account is definitely not. :)

    The answer would depend on whether mail on your system is just for
    you, or if you're offering mail service to users.

    Unfortunately, reading up on MX records, there's no way to specify an
    alternate port... mail is always transferred to 25. So you'll have to
    find a host to receive mail for you.

    One thing you could do is host your BBS off site. There are a number
    of virtual private servers out there for under 10 dollars a month.
    The one I'm with came with static IP's, too...one IPv4, two IPv6 (i
    think -- I never pay attention to those).

    If you have access to change your MX record, you could shift just the
    mail processing to another system and still host your BBS locally.

    I suppose the *cheapest* thing, if you don't have access to your MX
    record, would be to register your own domain name, and buy some ultra
    cheap web hosting. Most web hosts offer free mail hosting, although
    I'm not sure about limits on number of users or anything.

    Bottom line, price will be determined by the amount of hacks and
    effort you're willing to put into it. Personally, with a domain that
    costs me roughly ten dollars a year, and a VPS that's roughly ten
    dollars a month (I got a lil extra memory just in case), it's well
    worth it. I paid for my VPS by downgrading my Internet connection... :)


    --- MultiMail/Linux v0.49
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  • From The Millionaire@VERT/PARKAVE to Bbikebbs on Fri Aug 2 20:27:02 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Bbikebbs to Mindless Automaton on Fri Aug 02 2013 12:50 am

    Mindless Automaton wrote to DOVE-Net.Internet <=-

    @VIA: VERT/ELDRITCH
    @MSGID: <51FA92C0.249.dove-netinternet@eldritch.darktech.org>
    @TZ: ffffff10
    It appears Comcast finally got around to shutting down inbound & outbound port 25 in my area. (NJ) :(

    While I can still send from using port 587, I cant receive email with port 25 blocked.

    Also, I use dynamic dns and have no way to do any MX redirect to another port or anything.

    What would be the cheapest option to work around blocked in/out port 25?

    Comcast Business account is definitely not. :)


    Thanks!

    -Mindless Automaton
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    = Synchronet = Eldritch Clockwork BBS - eldritch.darktech.org

    Comcast here as well in Georgia. Hope they don't get this far!

    Keep us posted as to your progress. I'm definitely interested!
    ... Scott -- The Old Time BBS -- oldtime.synchro.net

    Well I have blocked ports too and I heard the only work around is to go ADSL but you're on your own risk if you choose to go that direction because the phone company doesn't give a damn if you get hacked or not. I guess that's what
    you get for independence of privacy. System's really screwed up I think in the Internet Service Provider world. Just my own 2c.

    $ The Millionaire $
    Park Avenue Place
    Surrey, B.C., Canada
    the.millionaire@parkave.synchro.net

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  • From Lab Rat@VERT/TOXIC to Dreamer on Sat Aug 3 23:33:45 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Dreamer to Mindless Automaton on Fri Aug 02 2013 10:05:00

    One thing you could do is host your BBS off site. There are a number
    of virtual private servers out there for under 10 dollars a month.

    I wholeheartedly agree with the VPS suggestion. I host my board for about $30/year on a VPS. Synchronet will happily run on a 128MB VPS with DOSEmu, DOS doors and multiple concurrent nodes. I recommend www.lowendbox.com as a starting point.


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  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT/REALITY to Lab Rat on Sun Aug 4 22:45:21 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Lab Rat to Dreamer on Sat Aug 03 2013 11:33 pm


    I wholeheartedly agree with the VPS suggestion. I host my board for about $30/year on a VPS. Synchronet will happily run on a 128MB VPS with DOSEmu, DOS doors and multiple concurrent nodes. I recommend www.lowendbox.com as a starting point.

    Don't forget that a remote box makes a good SSH proxy for when you want to get out past your local network unmonitored. :)

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  • From Lab Rat@VERT/TOXIC to Poindexter Fortran on Mon Aug 5 18:37:52 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Lab Rat on Sun Aug 04 2013 22:45:21

    Don't forget that a remote box makes a good SSH proxy for when you want to g out past your local network unmonitored. :)

    And a good HTTP proxy, VPN server...


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  • From Folsom@VERT/XBIT to Lab Rat on Mon Aug 5 18:48:19 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Lab Rat to Poindexter Fortran on Mon Aug 05 2013 06:37 pm

    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Lab Rat on Sun Aug 04 2013 22:45:21

    Don't forget that a remote box makes a good SSH proxy for when you want t out past your local network unmonitored. :)

    And a good HTTP proxy, VPN server...

    Just because your network admin cannot see the exact details of the trafic does not mean that he will not find it suspicious.

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  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT/REALITY to Folsom on Tue Aug 6 12:39:30 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Folsom to Lab Rat on Mon Aug 05 2013 06:48 pm

    Just because your network admin cannot see the exact details of the trafic does not mean that he will not find it suspicious.

    True.

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  • From Lab Rat@VERT/TOXIC to Folsom on Fri Aug 9 08:34:38 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Folsom to Lab Rat on Mon Aug 05 2013 18:48:19

    Just because your network admin cannot see the exact details of the trafic d not mean that he will not find it suspicious.

    Suspicions are better than hard evidence :-)


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  • From S/370@VERT/ECBBS to Lab Rat on Fri Aug 9 04:45:16 2013
    Re: Re: It's Comcastic!
    By: Lab Rat to Folsom on Fri Aug 09 2013 08:34:38

    Glad I don't have comcast anywhere near where I live.

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