|Lansuite with Hotmail
on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 6:31:31 AM (EST)
We're trying to use Hotmail over Lansuite. The problem is some users can take half an hour or so to compose an email. This means the connection has timed out by the time the send is clicked. Lansuite then dials but Hotmail responds with a page not found error. After much investigation I have found the problem is that Lansuite doesn't sort out the connection quick enough for Hotmail. If another browser window is opened and connected first the send is successfull. Although the ISDN connects immediately Lansuite seems to take a long time to realise the connection has established. Does anyone know if there is a registry hack or file change somewhere to decrease this time?
on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 7:42:54 PM (EST)
This might be an all together different way around the problem.
Boolean Dream Inc.
has a program (free) hotmail popper.
that allows you to do what Outlook express does. It can run easily along side Lansuite with users requesting mail from lansuite and lansuite addressing (127.0.0.1:25) the Hotpop.exe for the mail.
Simply setup the users hotmail account as a new pop account in Lansuite and tell lansuite that that accounts pop server is 127.0.0.1:25. The user then sets up any mail client such as mozilla mail to search the Lansuite mail server for mail, such as 192.168.1.1:25 (or what ever port you are using).
When Mozilla Mail (or whatever) is used by the client they can construct their mail in as longer time as they need and when completed they will tell the mail client to send the email. (Now they don't even have to be connected to hotmail during this)
The mail program then pops 192.168.1.1 (Lansuite) . Lansuite looks up the user and see's that his pop server is 127.0.0.1 (Hotpop.exe) and send all the stuff to it. Hotpop races off and accesses the hotmail account and sends the mail and also retrieves any new mail.
It is lightning fast (much faster than logging into hotmail) and totally transparent to the users.
You only need to train the users not to access hotmail through the web but to use a mail client.
A different approach but one I use flawlessly all the time.
Hope that helps.