#TIL : How SMTP works
How SMTP works
When a email send through an SMTP (with authentication), every SMTP server is a hop in mail routing. So it will transfer to localmail or forward the email to next hop (shortest distance via DNS MX record).
And standard port of SMTP is 25 (unsecured, but can upgrade to TLS via STARTTLS command).
$ nslookup -type=mx gmail.com 22.214.171.124 Server: 126.96.36.199 Address: 188.8.131.52#53 Non-authoritative answer: gmail.com mail exchanger = 20 alt2.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com mail exchanger = 5 gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com mail exchanger = 30 alt3.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com mail exchanger = 10 alt1.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com mail exchanger = 40 alt4.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. Authoritative answers can be found from:
So shortest SMTP of gmail.com domain is
$ telnet gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com 25