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Mon, May 3, 2021 10:03 PM

Emails stopped forwarding from Comcast server

For some reason, I have been getting sporadic response from Comcast's email server.  This has been happening for several days now.  Sometimes I get timeout messages.  Sometimes I don't see the emails from Comcast for hours.  I am running Thunderbird (latest version) on Windows 10 Pro.  Attempting to send an email yields a timeout message on smtp.comcast.net.

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See if this post applies to you.

Also, have you recently logged in to webmail?  You might want to do that just to make sure everything there is okay.

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Webmail (direct to comcast.net) works.  I could see several unread emails there, some a few hours old.

Extra information:  If I reboot my PC, I can get Thunderbird to work initially, but it goes back to being blocked rather quickly.

I attempted to send an email from a Comcast account (via Thunderbird), but I kept getting the smtp timeout message.  On a whim, I disabled my anti-virus software, and I was able to send the email.  Re-enabling my anti-virus software blocks emails from going out again.  Not sure why this is happening now.

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Did you check the link I posted?

FWIW, Comcast scans all incoming and outgoing emails.

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Doesn't appear to have been our issue.  It appears to have been a disconnect between the anti-virus software and Thunderbird.

The fix (for now) was to disable IPv6 in Thunderbird.  Hopefully there aren't security ramifications for doing so.

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Further researching seems to indicate this issue does trace back to Comcast.  Apparently some of their servers are configured properly for IPv6 and some are not.  I guess the ones I need are not.  The problem with my solution is I won't know if Comcast will have corrected this.

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