How to use e-mail with TDS DSL from Home
The following applies only to those who have a DSL network connection at home and the
provider is TDS.
You can ignore the following if you have DSL from some other vendor (or if you use dial-up
or cable-modem access).
Some recent changes by TDS might make it more difficult to send e-mail from
your home computer.
Specifically TDS has started blocking the use of external mail servers
(including all UW mail servers), for sending mail.
How might this impact you?
If you use Eudora or Outlook Express to send email, you may notice that you can read
your mail, but are unable to send messages.
Luckily, there are several easy workarounds, as follows: (the following applies to
home computers only, not your office computers)
- Change the "outgoing" server name:
You can edit Eudora (or Outlook Express, or Netscape) settings to change the
"outgoing or smtp mail server" address to "smtp.tds.net". Please do not
change any other setting such as the "incoming or pop server" address.
The only downside to this option is that the maximum size of attachments
you can send will be limited by whatever TDS decides to allow.
- Use WiscVPN:
WiscVPN is a program that allows your computer to appear to be on-campus
for certain purposes even while you are off-campus. It is mostly used for
access to library resources, but it also bypasses TDS blocks, so if you
start WiscVPN before using e-mail, then you do not need to make any other
change. WiscVPN can be downloaded from the basement FTP archive, see
http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/ftp_arch/net-utils/wiscVPN/ for details.
- Use Webmail:
You can use any web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape) to go to
the Physiology webmail site,
http://webmail.physiology.wisc.edu/ and use that for sending/receiving
emails. This bypasses the blocks placed by TDS.
If you have any comments or questions
please send them by e-mail to
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This page last modified on : Apr. 26, 2004