Email notification configuration requires dumbing down gmail security


If you try to follow the instructions in Configuring Email Notification with GMail SMTP, you get a security alert from Google:

Google just blocked someone from signing into your Google Account from an app that may put your account at risk. Less secure app

Don’t recognize this activity?

If you didn’t recently receive an error while trying to access a Google service, like Gmail, from a non-Google application, someone may have your password.


Are you the one who tried signing in?

Google will continue to block sign-in attempts from the app you’re using because it has known security problems or is out of date. You can continue to use this app by allowing access to less secure apps, but this may leave your account vulnerable.

So your choices are:

  1. Don’t have email notifications.

  2. Dumb down the security of your gmail account.

  3. Find some other email server you can send to.

Peplink needs to update the firmware to support more robust email authentication.


I didn’t look at the link you provided, but I will say that when I switched from a local email server to using gmail (or google apps or whatever it’s called this year) I had to create a special, one-time password through Google for the Balance One to use the email notifications. I don’t recall the exact steps, but it is to account for these types of devices.

Good luck!