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need an open smtp server for a stupid hp printer

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by yzman, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. yzman

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    hey guys, i need some help and guidance.

    I recommended a printer to my clients, the HP cm2320fxi for $850 based on its ability to do scan to email, as that is clearly listed on the HP website.

    turns out the printer firmware is really stupid and it does not support smtp authentication, which pretty much all smtp servers use these days for security and spam control... so it seems the printer is designed to be used with a local smtp server only, which they don't have...
    its really stupid from HP, since this printer is targeted towards small businesses and most small businesses do not have on premise smtp servers these days. what's more frustrating is that many people seem to have had the same disappointment and HP has not realeased a firmware fixing that.

    so my question: is there a workaround?
    someone online said smtp.com provides open relays for a price, and i signed up for their $2/mo smtp service, but it seems they too require authentication now...

    I do not have a server onsite but do have one offsite (windows) that i am hoping to setup to accept connections from the client's IP only.
    is this the best solution? what smtp server software should i use?
    i found one online that is windows based and is a 700kb freeware utility, but it seems it only accepts connections from localhost...

    thanks!
     
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  3. yzman

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    yeah that's what i said a lot of others have the same problem... that last post is me on there

    any suggestions anyone?
    maybe this should be under servers not web/email...
     
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