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How do I change or configure SMTP server port number in Mail account setup

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When I try to set up and test a new email account addressing an SMTP server that seems to e using a nn-standard port number, how on earth can I even look at the port number assigned by default to a new account in Apple Mail 10.6 setup ?

I might have to trial and error different port numbers but when Mail tries to test the connection to the SMTP server after I enter its address, it just spins and hangs up. I suspect the reason is a wrong port number. How do I change that outgoing port number in Apple Mail ??

There seems to be no obvious way the program will let U do it or even let you view the port it assigns in apparent error.
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  • Douggo Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
    Your question probably really belongs over in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard -> Mail & Address Book where you're likely to get a more targeted response than what I'll offer..

    Mail.app presumes that SMTP servers will be using standard SMTP ports during the configuration. If Mail absolutely hangs when trying to establish the connection to the SMTP server, there are a few work-arounds. I say "absolutely hangs" because I have seen Mail go SPOD for several minutes while trying to establish connections to SMTP servers..

    The quickest workaround is to assign another SMTP server from an existing account temporarily when setting up the account, and then add and assign the proper SMTP server to the account after setup is completed. You can add and change SMTP servers for accounts in Mail->Preferences->Accounts->{account name}->Account Information. At the bottom of that tab is "Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP)" popup list; select "Edit SMTP Server List" from that menu and you can add a new SMTP server there and assign a custom SMTP port to the new server.

    -Douggo
    Mac Pro (2X 3Ghz dual core); MacBook 2GHz C2D; G4 MDD Dual 867, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 20" Cinema Display; 30GB iPod Photo; iPhone; Airport Exteme
  • spraggyT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just wanted to say 'Thanks' to Douggo too. I've been frustrated for the last couple of days because my SMTP server details - for some unexplained reason - reverted to old settings and nothing would send. Followed your directions and I'm back in business again.
    THANKS
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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