January 18th, 2009

Send and Receive Larger Messages with LuxSci

LuxSci has doubled the maximum size of messages that can be sent or received via SMTP from 50 megabytes to 100 megabytes (encoded size).

We have seen that our users are sending and receiving larger and larger files in their email, and that they are hitting the previous size limit of 50 MB more frequently.  As Internet connection speeds increase and desktop storage spaces enlarge, the transmitting of larger files in a reasonable amount of time is becoming more prevalent. 

A limit of 100 MB is sufficient for most uses of email, as messages larger than this may suffer delivery problems due to the default timeouts commonly used by email servers.  Of course, in order to send or receive a large message, the other party involved must also have a large enough limit — either by also being a customer of LuxSci or by having services at another provider with an exceptionally large SMTP message size limit.

For sending email messages that are larger than 100 MB, LuxSci recommends using any one of the many services that specialize in sending large files.  These services typically store the large file on their servers and send the recipient a notice with a link where they can go to pick up the message.  This is similar to LuxSci’s SecureLine Escrow service for sending secure email messages to anyone, but targeted toward the sending of large files.  LuxSci may add such a feature to its own services in the future.

2 Responses to “Send and Receive Larger Messages with LuxSci”

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