What is mail relaying?
Mail relaying is the act of sending an e-mail message by way of an
organization that has nothing to do with either the sender or the
Why would anybody relay their mail?
Mail relaying is most commonly used by marketing organizations who need
to send a tremendous amount of bulk e-mail (UCE, or spam) without being
caught. Relaying this mail through another organization's mail system
allows them to escape detection by their ISP (at least in the short
So how does this affect me?
If you check or send Texas.Net e-mail while you are connected to
another Internet provider (be it an employer or an out-of-town ISP),
mail relaying will prevent you from sending mail through
Texas.Net's servers. It works like this:
How do I use Texas.Net mail if I'm not dialed up?
E-mail is divided into two parts: POP is used for incoming e-mail,
and SMTP is used for outgoing e-mail. Mail relaying only affects
SMTP, so you are free to use mail.texas.net as your POP server
anywhere in the world to receive your Texas.Net mail. While you
are connected to the Internet by non-Texas.Net means, however, you will
need to use that organization's SMTP server to be able to send e-mail to
non-Texas.Net parties. Your configuration will need to be altered like
Previous Configuration (Texas.Net connected)
New Configuration (not Texas.Net connected)
The fact that mail relaying used to work was an oversight on our
part to begin with. If you have any questions about getting SMTP services
to work with your other provider, contact a network adminstrator there. If
you have any other questions, please let