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Topic # 192196 1-Mar-2016 15:35
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Hi there

 

Im after options for a free smtp server to use on a printer/scanners scan to email function

 

Can I use Googles free email for that ? Or do I need the paid Google product to do that .
Or another free smtp server , are there any. Its a 2 person office, so wont be alot of smtp traffic for the scans

 

I know there are cheap pay options, but that will involve alot of mucking about with head office approval & payments & so on
A freeware option will save alot of headache, for me .

 

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  Reply # 1502181 1-Mar-2016 15:38
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I wouldn't use Google. While they do SMTP, it gets complicated with authentication as they are trying to better manage the security to prevent it being used for spam sending. I use SendGrid for SMTP and it works well (And free as long as you're sending under 12k emails a month)





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smtp2go.com rocks. Free up to 1000 emails per month. 

 

We maintain a paid account as we used it so often for our customer for all these stupid things - a grand total of $130/year for 10,000 per month.

 

Personally I look for literally any other solution first (ie, customer's email provider) or ideally I would change their scanner to do 'scan to network drive' which is far superior to scan to email. I don't really get why scan to email took off... scanning to a network drive is just so so much better.


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  Reply # 1504739 2-Mar-2016 11:14
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I use gmails smtp as a last resort. though customers smtp isp can be a pain, especially with the like of spark business email etc changing their authentication methods.

 

Haven't had an issue with gmail smtp. You do need to change the account to allow " less secure apps".

 

Scan to folder / SMB ? Hate it - users change passwords, folders change, updates break / "enhance " security. New IT providers come in and wreck everything ..

 

Scan to email, and nothing else ...

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1505425 3-Mar-2016 10:24
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What email system do your users currently use? 

 

Do you have a server onsite?

 

If you have an internal server you can use the IIS SMTP server to relay email out.

 

Otherwise, i have used Gmail's free service to relay email out but you need to authenticate the connection so hopefully the printer will support it.

 

The benefit of gmail is you can archive the emails that pass through and have a storage option of sent emails for future reference


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