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How to get email working on an M1Gold

Posted by bucko , 29 May 2012 · 1401 views

Like most of you, getting the M1 to actually work sending email is a royal PITA! But after many many hours of frustration, I finally figured it out. I read and tried everything people have done here with limited success. I got to the point it would work for a few days, then mysteriously stop. Or if I reboot the system, it would start again OR after reboot it would not work again.

The conclusion is that what should be a simple set-up, turns out to be a nightmare. I love Elk products, but they missed the boat on this one entirely. The M1XEP needs a lot of improvement with their FW to get this right once and for all. I hope someone at Elk takes this seriously and corrects thei FW in short order.

In the meantime, I finally have this working relaibly. Also I would fall into the "extreme" case of difficult users, so if this works for me, IT HAS TO WORK FOR YOU!  I am doing this with a panel located in mainland China, not using a VPN, so all you others should be fine.
So let me outline how to do it......

First get a lavabit email account set up. Then go into preferences there and have to forward mail to....(your normal working email account).
In my case I host my website buckchucko.com through a Hong Kong server (ICDS). So I am using my email account through this server. It is a standard SSL email account, much like any email account. So in lavabit.com> Basic configuration> enable message forwarding.

Next in the M1XEP email tab,  Server address> 72.249.41.52, From address {your name}@lavabit.com, Username&PW>{your lavabit login}
In your email address listings use the email address your are forwarding email to in the lavabit prefs setup from the first step.

IT WORKS PERFECTLY! Please note.....if you check your lavabit email, this email will not show up in there. You only need to check your forwarded email account for your email messages. And so you don't get ads in your email that lavabit puts on your regular email sent directly to lavabit! Just an added bonus there.

I did not try this with Gmail, but it should work the same.




Since you didn't make any changes to the M1XEP, why do you say the firmware is bad? Can you explain what you think the problem was and how your method solves it?
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Since you didn't make any changes to the M1XEP, why do you say the firmware is bad? Can you explain what you think the problem was and how your method solves it?


The problem with the FW is twofold.
1. The XEP should be able to send mail directly to an SSL email account(i.e gmail)

2. Having to add a lavabit account in the first place AND then having it to forward emails to ANOTHER email account in order to get email from the XEP
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2. Having to add a lavabit account in the first place AND then having it to forward emails to ANOTHER email account in order to get email from the XEP

 

This is a by-product of 1 and Lavabit was your choice, so I don't think it's fair for you to attribute this to ELK.

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