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Re: problem with AOL addresses

Quoting Patrick Kirk <patrick@kirks.net>:
> AOL blocks your email if you both these conditions:
> 1. Your are sending via your own smtp server
> and
> 2. Your smtp server does not have a MX record

  3. you have a dynamic IP address (most dynamic IP, but probably not
all, yet).  My domain (austinblues.dyndns.org) has an MX record and
aol.com still rejects mail from it.
> AOL is not alone in this - in the UK many acedemic and scientific 
> establishments ahve a similiar rule.
> Just to add to the nuisance, even organisations that will accept email 
> from people with smtp servers o dial-up connections often refuse your 
> email becasue some previous user of the IP address got it listed as an 
> open relay or spammer.  Fixing this means you clean up the act for your 
> ISPs less conscientious users.
> The work around is to use the ISP's smtp server.  I know it sucks if you 
> are used to running smtp yourself but there really is no alternative if 
> you are going to carry on with dynamic IP.

You only have to do this for the destination domains that reject
dynamic IP address, not all.  I currently have a half dozen domains in
my list.

> Haines Brown wrote:
> >I sent a query to the list and it went out, but the message going
> >through AOL bounced:
> >
> >
> >>... while talking to mailin-01.mx.netscape.net.:
> >><<< 550-The IP address you are using to connect to AOL is a dynamic
> >><<< (residential) 550-IP address.  AOL will not accept future e-mail
> >><<< transactions from your 550-IP address until your ISP removes
> >><<< your IP from its list of dynamic 550-(residential) IP
> >><<< addresses. 
> >
> >
> >This problem apparently is not new (from 2000: "Ist das Dreist oder
> >was?") but it has hit me only in the last couple of weeks. 
> >
> >Apparently, in a clumbsy (everyone seems to agree) effort to block spam, 
> >AOL does a reverse DNS
> >lookup, which fails when the sender's IP address is dynamic (no mx
> >record). On the other hand, it has been suggested that AOL is simply 
> >filtering access
> >to certain ranges of cable and DSL IP addresses. 
> >
> >I suspect there are enormous numbers of people using dynamic IP
> >addresses, and so it may be that many list subscribers who have AOL as
> >their ISP are missing mail. Is this so? Anyone else experiencing this
> >difficulty?
> > 
> >Can anyone shed some light on this? Is there a reasonable work
> >around. Does one have to relay one's mail?
> >
> >Haines Brown
> >
> >
> >

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