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||Windows Software Setup Instructions|
Netscape users please note: Current versions of Netscape are built using the Mozilla platform and the setup instructions for
SFF Net are therefore essentially identical to the instructions for Mozilla below.
Email Client Setup
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Please have your SFF Net username, password, and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included
in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.
Congratulations, you're now all set to send and receive SFF Net email!
- Start Mozilla. If this is the first time you've run the program, select Window -> Mail & Newsgroups from
the main menu. This will automatically start the Account Wizard, so you can proceed to step 2.
If you've previously set up an email account (or the Account Wizard doesn't start), you should follow the
instructions in the Adding a Second Email Address addendum below before proceeding.
- On the New Account Setup screen, choose the Email Account option. Your screen
should look like this before you proceed:
- On the Identity screen, type in your name (as you'd use to sign a regular letter) in the
Your name box and your SFF Net email address in the Email address box.
Do NOT put in any other email address other than your @sff.net address
or your email will bounce. (Exception: If you have an SFF Net hosted domain, you may use an email address
from that domain (i.e. if SFF Net hosts mydomain.com for you, you may use firstname.lastname@example.org).
- There are three items to complete on the Server Information screen:
- The Server type field must have the POP radio button selected.
- The Incoming Server must be set to pop3.sff.net
- The Outgoing Server must be smtp.sff.net
Your screen entries must look exactly like the following before
- At the beginning, we said you'd need your SFF Net username and password handy. Get them now. On the
User Name screen, enter your SFF Net username (this is not your email address). When
you first connect to SFF Net, Mozilla will ask you for your SFF Net password. Mozilla's Password
Manager should ask you at that time if you want it to remember the password for you.
See the Secret Handshakes page
for more information on your SFF Net username and password.
Your screen should look similar to the following before you proceed:
When the Account Wizard is complete, you can review your settings. They should look similar to these:
Almost done! Note, although you will be able to download mail from the server at this time, you must
make the changes below to SMTP server settings before you will be able to send mail.
- From the menu on your mail window, you now need to select Edit --> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings
- Pick the Outgoing (SMTP) Server settings of the email account you just created. These settings
must be correct in order to send mail.
Your SFF Net POP3 email box has a variety of extra features you can control, including:
- Highly effective, configurable spam filters
- Automatic virus and HTML script protection
- Junk folder for reviewing spam caught by filters
- Message preview before downloading
- Email auto-forwarding
- Automatic out-of-office replies
You can control these options using your web browser through our WebMail system. You'll want to read more about controlling your email box in
the SFF Net Email section of the help system.
Adding a Second Email Address
If you already have an email address set up in Mozilla and you wish to add your SFF Net account
as a second address, the procedure is much the same as detailed above. However, the method for invoking
the New Account wizard is different. Open the Mail & Newsgroups window:
Then select Edit --> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings from
the Inbox menu.
To start the New Account wizard, click the Add Account button on the Account Settings screen:
Then, continue with your SFF Net email account setup proceeding from Step 2 above. When you come
to the last step (setting SMTP authentication using the Account Settings screen), verify your
general account settings using the following information:
Since you will be using more than one email account, you should be aware there are strict rules about
what can be entered in the Email Address box depending on which SMTP server you choose to
use as your outgoing email server.
- If you are planning to use SFF Net's SMTP Server to send outgoing mail:
DO NOT change the Email Address setting to contain anything
except your @sff.net address (or an address @ your SFF Net-hosted domain). If you want replies
to your email to go to an address other than your @sff.net address, you should enter the desired
address in the Reply-to address field instead. Otherwise, leave the Reply-to address
- If you are are planning to use your ISP's (or other non-SFF Net) SMTP server
to send outgoing mail:
PLEASE DO change the entry in the Email Address field to a
valid address that matches your ISP's domain. Mail will bounce if you try to send email through your
ISP with your @sff.net address (or an address using your SFF Net-hosted domain). If you
want replies to mail sent through your ISP's SMTP server to arrive in your SFF Net mailbox, put your
@sff.net address in the Reply-to address field.
Mozilla does offer the ability to set your system to more than one SMTP server (you configure
this on the Advanced dialog of the Outgoing Server (SMTP) settings screen, however,
this can be a bit tricky since it's not easy to determine what email should be sent through what server.
Don't mess with this option unless you're sufficiently comfortable you know what you're doing.
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