Configuring PC's for NJIN Email
This web page tells you how to configure a PC or other system to
read mail from the NJIN mail server.
If you connect to NJIN through an Internet Service
Provider (i.e. if you use modems that aren't run by NJIN),
this document will explain the changes you need to make in order
to read mail from NJIN.
Before you set up email, you will need to have an operational network or PPP
connection. You can find additional operating system-specific information
Choosing a Mail Program
In order to read and send mail, you first need a mail program.
A number of different programs are available. The most
popular ones are
- Internet Explorer
If other people you are working with are already using one of
these programs, you'll probably be better off to use the same one
they are. Then you'll be able to get help from your friends, and
you'll be sure that more advanced features such as attachments
work in exactly the same way.
Otherwise, we suggest that you use your browser to read
and send mail.
Please note that this document only covers graphical mail programs that can
be accessed via a PPP connection. If you would like documentation for
text-based programs such as Pine and MM, please refer to our Software Documentation
page. If you telnet to the PILOT server to read your mail, we recommend
that you use Pine as your mail program.
Setting up your Mail Program
There are many different mail programs, each with several different
versions. This document is going to give specific instructions for four of
the most common programs. However you should be able to find the
corresponding option for other programs fairly easily.
There are three things you need to tell your mail program:
- What computer to get mail from
- What computer to send mail to
- What email address to use in your mail
The computer you get mail from will always be the NJIN mail
server, i.e., email.njin.net. Most programs will ask you for
your user name and password on this computer. When you set up an account
you received a username and password. That's what you give here.
The computer you send mail to will normally be the NJIN mail
server, i.e., email.njin.net. However if you get to NJIN
through an "Internet Service Provider" (e.g. AOL or some other
commercial service) or another University, you will need to use their
email server. Note that you will still be reading mail at NJIN,
and your email address will still be at NJIN. This simply affects
the way your mail is sent. You will need to contact your ISP and ask
them for the hostname of their mail server. (If they want to know
which kind of server you need, tell them you are looking for the
system that is doing "SMTP forwarding".)
The email address you use will be of the form
"email@example.com." The specific address is listed
in the table above. But remember to use the username you
got when you opened your account in place of "smith."
Here is a table telling you how to set these three items for some
of the more common programs. Look for the name of your mail program.
For each program, it lists the series of menus, items, etc., you need
to follow to make the changes. The example is for an RCI user with a
username of smith. Make sure you use the correct username and
mail server name.
|| Server to Read Mail
|| Server to Send Mail
|| Email Address
|| email.njin.net, except for Eudora.
|| email.njin.net or ISP server
| Pegasus, v 2.42
|| File, Network Configuration, POP3 Host
|| File, Network Configuration, SMTP Host
|| File, Network Configuration, Advanced, From field
| Eudora Light
|| Special, Settings, Hosts, POP Account (should read
|| Special, Settings, Hosts, SMTP
|| Special, Settings, Personal Information, Return Address
For Eudora: Eudora wants something that looks like an email
address instead of the server to read mail from.
| Netscape, version 4.
|| Edit, Preferences, Mail & Groups, Mail Server, Incoming Mail Server
|| Edit, Preferences, Mail & Groups, Mail Server, Outgoing Mail Server
|| Edit, Preferences, Identity, Email Address
For NS4: In configuring the incoming mail server, select POP3, and then
uncheck the box next to "Leave messages on server after retrieval." This
prevents the build-up of your old email in your Pilot account by deleting it
every time you retrieve your email with Netscape Messenger.
| Internet Explorer 4/Outlook Express.
|| Servers, Incoming Server.
|| Servers, Outgoing Server
|| General, Email Address
For IE4/OE: To set up a mail server initially,
choose Tools, Accounts, Add, Mail. It will go through
a dialog. It will ask for this information during the dialog,
along with some other questions.
Once you have set up a mail server, you can adjust its
properties. Select the server name with your
mouse, and click the right button. Choose "Properties".
Why you can't use the NJIN Mail Server to Send Mail
if you are Using an ISP
In the description above, we indicated that if you are using an
ISP or have Internet access through your University's LAN, you must send
mail using the ISP's or your University's mail server. You can still
read your mail from the NJIN mail server. You can use an NJIN
email address, even for mail you send using your ISP. However the
actual sending has to go through your ISP. If your PILOT account is the
only email account that you have, you will need to telnet to pilot.njin.net
and use Pine to send outgoing mail.
We've been forced to setup mail services this way because of
continuing growth in junk email ("spam"). One of the things spammers do to
hide their identity is to "bounce" email off an innocent third party. To
prevent this, service providers are now expected to forward mail only for
their own users. Before we started enforcing this restriction, spammers
were using the NJIN servers to bounce email and were overloading the system.
Last Modified Monday, 28-Feb-2000 13:30:11 EST