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3. Getting Started

Changes made to the mail server (Dec 2010)
The new POP3 server will refuse plain text authentication unless you are using SSL. You will need to change your mail client to select APOP or MD5 Challenge/Response and/or select port 995/SSL

pop username has to be username@domain
"fred@dslr.net" not just "fred"
password is your password
authentication method is either APOP or MD5-CRAM
port is 110 or 995 (with 'use SSL' checked)

Successful setup using Thunderbird email client:


Outlook Express:

Fetchmail: (By nwrickert See Profile)

Here's my ".fetchmailrc" entry

skip dslr via mail.dslr.net proto apop
user ********@dslr.net with pass "********" ssl is ******** here

The "skip" means to not automatically use this entry. I use fetchmail dslr to specify it. Change "skip" to "poll" to have that mailbox automatically checked whenever fetchmail is run.

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2012-05-15 08:37:32

You may change your main name (base name if you will) by deleting it, then starting again.

If you change your username on the site, nothing is changed in the mail system. You retain your originally chosen name and aliases.

There is no way to migrate an existing pop mailbox with uncollected mail to a new name. You must delete and start again.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • todo en espanol

    2009-11-25 22:58:49

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2003-11-23 17:51:23

Initially, your password for the DSLR Mail account is the same as your site password.

However - Your password at DSLR is limited to 12 characters ... characters beyond that are ignored. For the POP server, just enter the first 12 characters of it, or change to a 12 character password on DSLR.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • I would suggest adding as a point of interest that the mail server is now using dovecot instead of an old tpop3 server. This changes/limits the character set/password length combination members can use as before they were more advanced. In the past the mail server would function with advanced character sets with lengthy passwords. After the site move I have to use a very simple easy to remember word or the mail server will freak out with ERR Authentication errors with Outlook 2010 connecting to it. Although the DSLR.com site will allow for an advanced character set/password length, the mail server (as it uses the same password as site login) will not allow for such a password to be used and ultimately... you will fail to login to user@dslr.net.

    2013-08-31 15:57:21 (Dustyn See Profile)

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2002-12-27 07:50:03

If you change your site mail address to your @dslr.net address, you will find two new fields on your Members->Account page. These are "secret question" and "secret answer" as illustrated below. They will be used as a password recovery alternative.

The secret question field length is very short right now, but that will be remedied later. Additionally, the password recovery process for those who fill these out is not functioning at this time, but will be completed later as well.

by KeysCapt See Profile

Go to the DSLR Mail page and follow the directions. Your registered DSLR/BBR user name has been reserved for your use as a mailbox. You must be a Premium member to access this feature.

Please note: Regardless of the case of your DSLR user name, you must enter it in lower case when creating your mailbox.

You will see the following screen, once you have agreed to the TOS:

Here, you may elect to set your email account up as an alias, a POP3 account, for forwarding only, or an IMAP box (not available yet).

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2003-01-03 17:14:20