On Mon, 31 Dec 2001 rob@dekko.com wrote:
> 1)  You're right about the thoroughness of the testing.  Keeping it simple
> with a sending out of an email and a return is probably the best.
> 2)  If I was to write my own I would probably want to tap into their
> presence because using scripts to talk to my own site would probably all
> happen internally - who knows what evil those router people have been up
> to.

That reminds me of an ISP I once used.  They would use NAT to redirect
_any_ request to a port 25 TCP service to their own mail server.  This was
a problem for my "klement.dstorm.net" domain, since they refused to relay
messages for it.   I no longer buy service from them.  :)

> 3)  I didn't think that the VPN might not be a true test - do you think
> that it, again, might be manipulated by the Cisco kid?  If so, then maybe
> two accounts at home might be in order.  A separate cable modem account for
> the truly outside - and a VPN/DSL account for the inside.

Depends on how the VPN works, I guess.  If the VPN makes your PC at home
act like it's a node on the LAN, then sending mail from there should work
the same as sending mail from machines on your LAN.  Maybe this is a
question for your "Cisco Kid".

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