As part of my ongoing fight to get people to announce what they sell, I once again encountered a very bad product. This time KPN in Amsterdam, their wireless network at Amsterdam Arena.
After connecting to the wifi, and paying bucks to get access, I still do not get access. Or what do you think about the following?
# telnet mail.frobbit.se 25 Trying 126.96.36.199... Connected to mail.frobbit.se. Escape character is '^]'. 220 hotmail1.netcop.nl ESMTP Postfix quit 221 Bye Connection closed by foreign host. #
If one have a look at the page that include information on what they sell, they claim the following:
Everything you do at home or in the office on the internet, you can do via HotSpots – email, instant messaging, download music, even make telephone calls.
Updated: In a comment I got information about using submission over port 587, something I of course use. I did though find it problematic in a short blog post talk about the real problem I had. I was underestimating the clue of my readers :-) The real problem I had was that I found that port 993 was blocked (IMAP over SSL). After checking and finding that some more ports where blocked, I got tired. Solved the problem by opening an IPSEC tunnel out to an endpoint of the IPSEC tunnel that I know what environment it is in.
To some degree, I find blocking be more fair than hijacking the connection (as you see above regarding the SMTP connection). Hijacked connections are much harder to debug.
# telnet mail.frobbit.se 993 Trying 188.8.131.52... Connected to mail.frobbit.se. Escape character is '^]'. ^CConnection closed by foreign host. #
Regarding blocking port 25, that of course I understand. But I do not understand hijacking the connection. Specifically without any information about it in the FAQ or documentation I can access before I pay. I will check port 587 when I have torn down the IPSEC tunnel…