Is DNS MX Record Required For Email?

Scooby Scooby at
Fri Feb 17 03:36:04 UTC 2006

"Mark Andrews" <Mark_Andrews at> wrote in message 
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>> Is it possible to by-pass the DNS lookup for email like it is for HTTP 
>> and
>> FTP? Is there something about the MX record in DNS that requires a
>> "User at" type address for it to work?
>> Here's why I ask.
>> I have a static, always-on IP address coming into my house. I run Web and
>> FTP servers on my PC.  They work fine, and have for a long time. My OS is
>> Windows NT 2000 Professional.
>> When I scan my ports from a remote machine I get what I expect, which is:
>> 21 (FTP): Open
>> 25 (SMTP): Open
>> 80 (WWW): Open
>> 110 (POP3): Open
>> 143 (IMAP): Open
>> I only share data with people I do business with. I prefer to just use my 
>> IP
>> address instead of aliasing it with a domain name. (For these examples 
>> I'll
>> use "", which is of course not my IP. But it's easier to type.) 
>> There
>> is no DNS entry for "" anywhere.
>> "" gets into my web server without a problem.
>> "ftp" (DOS prompt) gets to my FTP folder without a problem.
>> But..., when I send an email to "User at" it fails. I have a mail
>> account with a Windows based ISP and am experimenting sending mail from 
>> it
>> to "User at". It doesn't work.
> Well to send email to a IP address the correct syntax is
> "user@[]".

Thanks Mark. That's what I needed to know.

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