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Old 09-29-2004, 07:15 PM   #1
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How to Stop AOL From Filtering my eMail? / eMail Relays Available?

I have my own domain on a cable modem, and use my own web and mail server. AOL is apparently filtering my eMails, and I suspect they have me (or the block of IP's of my cable company). (eMails to other ISPs get through just fine, so I know it's not my server.)

How can I find out if they are actually blocking me?

Is there such a thing as a "public secure relay" that I can use to send my eMails from a more "reputable" server, while still maintaining my own server and domain?
Old 09-29-2004, 07:40 PM   #2
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Configure you MTA to use your ISP's mail server for outbound e-mail. In sendmail, this is called "smarthost". In postfix, this is the relayhost variable in Another option is to use mailtertable/transport tables and specify that should use your ISP's mail server. All other e-mail would be delivered normally.

BTW: I believe AOL has also implemented SPF at their end, so if you want to continue to use your MTA to deliver to AOL, then you'll probably need to add SPF records to the DNS zone for your domain. See: I had to in order to send e-mail to my father.

Also, you can checkout and see if your IP address is listed in their RBL list. Most likely place would be the dynamic (DHCP) list


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