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FREE Email Server?

By BorgInva ·
I may not be thinking of the correct term, but here is what I am looking for. I am looking to create my own email addresses and not have to deal with AOL or Verizon anymore. I want to make one of my PCs act like an email server(?) and download the mail into Outlook using POP3. I already host a website using DYNDNS so I do not know if I can use that IP synching program. I am not even sure if I am thinking of the correct term (email server).
Now I know there are probably hundreds of these sites out there. What I am looking for are your recommendations on good ones. Ones you use yourself.
So all I want is what you think are good sites/programs that will allow me to create several emaila ccounts for FREE and use my POP3 program to download them so I leave AOL and Verizon.
I hope I asked this correctly.
Thank you.

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by Jaqui In reply to FREE Email Server?

postfix
sendmail
qmail
all would need to have pop3 support added.
all are open source.

you would also need to register the email server with your isp, or it won't work right.

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by BorgInva In reply to

None would work out. I think they were talking about ASP of Linux or something.

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by BudTheGrey In reply to FREE Email Server?

If you already have a domain name registered, it's not to hard. Visit http://www.smartertools.com. The FREE version of their e-mail server will handle 1 domain and 50 users. Then set up an MX record in DNS for your domain that points to your DYNDNS host name, and make sure to open port 25 on your firewall.

I *think* gmail (http://www.gmail.com) offers POP3 access with their free accounts as well. You'll need to find someone you has invitations to give away, it seems there's a lot of them to go around.

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by BorgInva In reply to

I am at the stage of trying SmarterTools and Mercury Mail. Getting my domain to work and some MX stuff, that is a different issue.
I did get a bunch of invites from people to create free accounts with Gmail before they go public. So I got some free emails to fall back on.

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by BorgInva In reply to FREE Email Server?

Some updated notes before I go rating users....
I use Windows.
I would not mind having something where I can make up even my own domain name, like user@borg.net to be delivered to my Outlook. However, needs me, I can be a gmail account.

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by BorgInva In reply to FREE Email Server?

After some debate and conversations, U have once again both a domain from Go Daddy. Bought one from them last year for work. Good company. I paid 3.99 for a domain name.
So I got my domain. Now I want to create several email address for my Windows PC. What can I use as an email server to set up and create these accounts to then send them to my POP3 on my other 2 PCs using Outlook?
Again, looking for something FREE and recommended by you.
Thank you.

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by BorgInva In reply to FREE Email Server?

Please, no free trials or anything of the sorts. It has to be a free downloadable program capable of handling at least a dozen email address.
Advance features are great if it has them, but I do not need them. Just something simple. No spam or virus filters. I be using my own stuff on my other PCs.
And yes, I am Googling for something good but found nothing yet.

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by ka55ad In reply to FREE Email Server?

Have you taken a look at <a href="http://www.pmail.com/">Pegasus Mail</a>? Its free (at least last time I checked) and its pretty straight forward to use.

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by BorgInva In reply to

I am at the stage of trying SmarterTools and Mercury Mail.

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by manuals In reply to FREE Email Server?

I am looking for one myself. So far I found one completelly free, but 50% useless. Go to www.theemailserver.com and you can download it there. I was able to configure that server to receive e-mails, but I for some reason I couldn't send them. Because the server doesn't know how to translate something like someemail@yahoo.com into a valid destination IP address of another server. The has to be some sort of DNS system setup, or some kind of SMTP relay, but I don't know anything about it. If someone has any idea of how to find more information about seting up your own e-mail server on Windows, please let us know. I know that WinXP Pro comes with SMTP server, but I tried to play with that one too, and I had no luck configuring that one either. If there was some simple explanation of what's involved...
Thanks everyone!

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