On Mon, 31 Dec 2001 firstname.lastname@example.org 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".