You can use a Telnet tool, such as HyperTerminal, to verify the connection to a POP3 mail server.
- Open a Telnet tool such as HyperTerminal.
- For the host name, type the name of the Mail Server computer, and for the port, type
110.If a "term type" is requested, do not type anything.For example, type telnet server 110, and then press Enter. A message similar to the following should be displayed:
+ OK Microsoft Exchange 2000 POP3 server version 6.0.6249.0 ready.
- Enable local echoing and sending end-of-lines for the current Telnet session.
- Type user domain\username\mailbox and then press Enter.The domain is the name of the domain in which the user account is located, user name is the user name for the mail account, and mailbox is the mailbox for the account.Note: The mailbox portion of the above command is only necessary if it is different from the user name.After you press Enter, the following should be displayed.
- Type pass password
, where password is the password for the email account, and then press Enter.After you press Enter, the following message should be displayed:
+OK User successfully logged on
- To determine if the mailbox has new messages, type stat and then press Enter.After you press Enter, the following message should be displayed:
+OK xyyyywhere x is the number of new messages and yyyy is the total size of the messages in bytes. This is known as a drop listing.
- To end the Telnet session, type quit, and then press Enter.A message similar to the following should be displayed:
+ OK Microsoft Exchange 2000 POP3 server version 6.0.6249.0 signing off.