In the past I use to host my own email server here at the SOHO of  Today I found myself in need of setting up alerts for some of my network based equipment. So I used Gmail (thanks Google) for this task.

To make this work you need the following:

  • A gmail account (make one if you don’t have one
  • Outgoing server address:
  • User  (‘’) and Password for your account
  • Port Address to use is: 587
  • You must use authentication and the client needs to support SSL

Configure this and your all set.