Prior methods to avoid sending problems

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There are several existing options to avoid having mail that you send from outside WHOI blocked.  Each of these methods have various advantages and disadvantages, but none are a universal or easy to use as the new procedures.  Still they have been in place for sometime and will prove adequate for many people.
  1. Webmail ( - a web browser based interface to your mail.  It allows you to read and send mail from anywhere you can get an Internet connection.  Its main disadvantages are that it is a different interface to mail than what most people use on a regular basis and it can seem sluggish over slow Internet connections.  Also if you use Webmail on a computer that is publicly accessible, it is very important to remember to logout and clear the Web browser cache before leaving the computer.
  2. VPN connection - a secure connection between your computer and the WHOI network that makes it appear that you are on the WHOI network.  This will allow you to use Email (and just about  everything else) exactly as if you were at WHOI.  The main disadvantages are that you have to remember to make the VPN connection and that you may need to turn it on and off if mixing WHOI and non-WHOI activities. It is always recommended that you use the VPN when connecting to WHOI from public places.  The new authenticated Email method provides additional protection for Email but not other applications.  See the CIS VPN pages for additional details (
  3. Using your ISPs mail server - this means setting the outgoing mail server (smtp server) to be that of your ISP.  This works fine for an at home computer, but is very awkward on a laptop where the settings would need to change depending upon where you are.  It also means that the best settings are dependent upon whether or not you have a VPN connection active.  Your ISP can provide you with the appropiate address to use.  For ComCast, it is


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Last updated April 3, 2007
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