Tech Talk – October 2016 – SMTP

What is SMTP?

You may have heard this acronym once or twice when talking about scanning to an email address.

SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. It’s the method of communication that moves your email across networks (like the Internet.) SMTP works with the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) to send your information to the correct computer and email inbox. SMTP spells out and directs how your email moves from your computer’s MTA to an MTA on another computer, or several computers.

What is an SMTP Server?


SMTP Servers (often referred to as relays) are just computers running SMTP. When you send an email, it leaves your computer and relays from an SMTP Server over the internet to the mail server of whoever you addressed the email to. The Mail Server then distributes the email to the correct address using MTA.

Important key words:

SMTP moves your information across networks.

MTA sorts the email to the correct destination.

SMTP Servers allow emails to travel over the internet.



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