Alas, my outgoing e-mail for the university has stopped working again, stupid thing. We use a combination of SMTP/IMAP servers, and the IMAP part is working fine. Really, all that I need is a way to send outgoing mail. I figure I’ll just change the return address to my incoming current mail address. I want to avoid something web-based, because I already have a webmail client that works just fine, I just want to have the convenience of being able to use Outlook for my outgoing mail. Also, I would like to avoid paying. Of course. That is all.
Well, I’m not an expert at SMTP, although I have written simple applications to use it. I’d say, as a guess, that your problem is related to some sort of security settings on your university gateway – possibly a firewall issue.
Anyway, another guess is, you cannot access any SMTP servers outside your firewall.
So you really don’ t have a choice if you’re trying to send e-mail from the uni. You have to contact your IT support folks and get them to fix the problem, or you have to use your webmail service to send mail.
(If the issue is, you want a copy in your Outlook archives, you can use webmail and bcc yourself - your uni address - and it will end up in Outlook.)