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WINDOWS

Outlook Express

1. Open Outlook Express
2. Click the Tools | Accounts menu
3. Click on the Mail tab and then click on Add | Mail
4. In the Your Name box, you may enter anything you choose. The name that you enter here will show up in the "From" field on any e-mail you send. Click Next
5. Enter your full e-mail address, then click Next (userid@rcn.com)
6. In the My incoming mail server is a ______ server list, select Post Office Protocol (POP3)
7. In the Incoming Mail (POP3 or IMAP) server box, type pop.rcn.com
8. In the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) server box, type smtp.rcn.com and click Next.
9. In the Account Name box, enter the part of your e-mail address that comes before the @ symbol.
10. In the Password box, enter your password then click Next
11. Do NOT select Log on using Secure Password Authentication
12. The friendly name will default to the incoming mail server (pop.rcn.com) You can change this name to any name you prefer.
13. Click Finish
14. Select the new account, click Properties
15. Click the Connection tab
16. Under Choose Connection Type, select the method you use to connect to the Internet
Connect Using My Local Area Network (LAN) for cablemodem users
Connect Using My Phone Line for dial-up users
17. Click the Servers tab
18. At the bottom there's an area for Outgoing mail server. Check box that says, "My server requires authentication."
19. Click the Settings button
20. Make sure option "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" is selected
21. Click OK
22. Close the Accounts window

Outlook

1. Open Outlook 2002 / 2003
2. Click the Tools | E-mail Accounts menu
3. Select Add a new e-mail Account then press Next
4. In the Server Type dialog box, click POP3, and then click Next
5. In the Your Name box, you may enter anything you choose. The name that you enter here will show up in the "From" field on any e-mail you send.
6. Enter your full e-mail address (userid@rcn.com)
7. In the User Name box, enter the part of your e-mail address that comes before the @ symbol.
8. In the Password box, enter your password.
9. In the Incoming Mail (POP3 or IMAP) server box, type pop.rcn.com
10. In the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) server box, type smtp.rcn.com
11. Click Test Account Settings.
This is a new capability in Outlook. This feature calls a dialog box that displays, in a step-by-step manner, each phase of testing the configuration that you have just input. The following occurs when you click Test Account Settings:

The connectivity of your system to the Internet is confirmed.
You are logged on to the SMTP server.
You are logged on to the POP3 server.
It is determined if the POP3 server needs to be logged on to first. If necessary, Outlook automatically sets Log on to incoming mail server before messages are sent.
A test message is sent. This message explains any changes that Outlook made to your initial setup.
12. Click Next
13. Click Finish

MACINTOSH

Mail 1.0 on a Macintosh (OS X)

. Open Mac OS X Mail.
2. Click on the Mail pulldown and choose the Preferences option.
3. Select the Accounts icon and click on the New Account button.
4. Click on the Account Information tab.
5. Click on the Account Type pulldown and choose the POP Account option to configure a POP3 account.
6. Under the Account Description, type your e-mail address. This will be the name displayed in the accounts window and is used for account identification purposes only.
7. Type your full e-mail address in the E-mail Address field.
8. Type your name or nickname in the Full Name field. This will be displayed in the From field of your outgoing mail messages.
9. In the Host Name field, type the incoming POP3 server name: pop.rcn.com.
10. In the Username field, type your username. (The username is all of the characters to the left of the "@" sign in your e-mail address.)
Example: If your e-mail address is john_doe@rcn.com, your username would be john_doe.
11. In the Password field, type your e-mail account password.
12. In the SMTP Host field, type the outgoing mail server address: smtp.rcn.com.
13. Click the Account Options tab.
14. Enable the option to Delete messages on the server after downloading.
15. Click OK.
16. Close the Mail Preferences window.
17. Your e-mail account is now configured.

Mail 1.2.5 on a Macintosh (OS 10.2.x)

1. Open Mail.
2. Click on the Mail | Preferences menu.
3. Click on the Accounts icon.
4. Click on the Add Account button.
5. Select POP under the Account Type pulldown.
6. Type your e-mail address in the description field.
7. Type your e-mail address in the e-mail address field.
8. Type your name or nickname in the Full Name field.
9. Type the incoming POP3 mail server in the Incoming Mail Server field: pop.rcn.com.
10. Type your incoming POP3 mail server username in the Username field. (The username is all of the characters to the left of the "@" sign in your e-mail address.)
Example: If your e-mail address is john_doe@rcn.com, your username would be john_doe.
11. Type your incoming POP3 mail server username's password in the Password field.
12. Select Add Server from the Outgoing Mail Server pulldown.
13. Type the outgoing SMTP server address in the Outgoing Mail Server field: smtp.rcn.com.
14. Click the OK button.
15. Click on the Special Mail Boxes tab.
16. Specify your Sent, Junk, and Trash preferences to suit your needs.
17. Click on the Advanced tab
18. Make sure that the following options have a check beside them:
Enable this Account
Include when automatically checking for new mail
Remove copy from server after retrieving a message
19. Your e-mail account is now configured.

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last modified: 2010-07-17 16:38:05