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Below is a list of available SFF Net Services, type of client needed, and TCP/IP port numbers.
This should give you enough basic information to get started quickly if you're already familiar with
TCP/IP settings and configuring Internet software.
However, if this information is less than illuminating for you or if you'd like specific software recommendations and
step-by-step instructions on setting up your software for use with SFF Net, see Detailed Instructions for Your Software.
SFF Net Services
News Server 1
(Note, this is NOT the default NNTP port!) 6
Outgoing Email 3
||25 or 587 5
Incoming Email 4
Email Client 4
IRC Server 1
||6667 or 7777
||Telnet or Chatter program
1 Some areas open to non-members.
Access to private or personal areas require authentication using your SFF Net username/password
2 Some features only available to
SFF Net Members. HTTP Basic Authentication required for user login.
3 Authentication using your SFF Net username/password is required.
Set your client software to SMTP Authentication, or on older software, POP After SMTP.
Read more on SMTP Authentication.
4 Authentication using your SFF Net username/password is required.
5 Many ISPs (such as AOL, Earthlink, Verizon, etc.) block outgoing port 25 as an anti-spam measure.
If yours does, use port 587 instead. Read more on My ISP is Blocking My Ports!
6 Due to Denial-of-Service attacks on open news servers running the standard NNTP port 119,
newsgroup access is now provided through port 1119.