Anyone have Comcast for an ISP?

George Fazio gfazio at
Sat Mar 22 09:05:25 PDT 2008

Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Allen
>> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 10:33 PM
>> To: freebsd-questions at
>> Subject: Anyone have Comcast for an ISP?
>> Does anyone on here have comcast for an ISP? I use them and today I was
>> messing around on a machine I use for FTP service over my LAN (Not
>> accessible from the net so I'm not worried about using it for back ups)
>> and anyway, I wanted to set up one of my comcast accounts on it so I
>> could do as I've done for years, and use SSH to log into that machine
>> and use fetchmail to grab my email off comcast, and then use Mutt to
>> check it since I really like Mutt.
>> Well, I got sendmail up ad tested that it was working and it was working
>> fine. After that I tried sending a test email with Mutt.
>> For some reason ti failed even though it was the backed up copy of my
>> Muttrc that I used to use on EVERY machine I used mutt on. I always
>> backed it up because I had it looking really nice with colors and also
>> my email address was in there and I built in a mini addy book for my
>> friends and mailing lists I'm on so I didn't have to worry about an
>> address book being deleted by accident.
>> Well, it failed horribly. I can't send an email because it's blocked,
>> and also, using fetchmail isn't exactly working either and I can't stand
>> how getmailrc works....
>> So does anyone here use Comcast and Mutt for an email client that could
>> maybe reply and let me know how they do it? Id' like to use Mutt and
>> also I do like how simple fetchmail is to use, so fi you use these and
>> have Comcast for internet please reply with how you did it. I'm googling
>> right now but everything I find isn't exactly helpful, so if anyone here
>> uses Mutt and has Comcast please let me know how you did it.
> What you have available in the e-mail realm when you are
> on the Comcast network:
> For e-mail CLIENTS you may retrieve mail via the standard
> IMAP or POP3 ports from a remote non-comcast mailserver.
> For e-mail CLIENTS you may send mail through a remote
> non-comcast mailserver using the submission port 587 and
> authenticated SMTP.
> For e-mail SERVERS you can use fetchmail to pretend the
> server is a mail client, then redistribute the mail
> internally.  However you cannot use sendmail to send
> out outgoing mail to port 25 on remote mailservers - unless
> it's to the comcast mailserver.
>   Comcast's residential
> TOS prohibits servers and they enforce this by blocking incoming
> traffic going to SMTP, IMAP and POP3 ports.
I'd like to call BS here.  My mail server runs on a Comcast connection.  
I send all my out going mail through them, but incoming mail works 
without issue.  My employer does pay for my Internet connection, so it 
might be on some exception list for business service.  But, it 
definitely works.
> Ted
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