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These screen shots and instructions will help you configure Netscape Communicator 4 for use with Pacific Online. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact us or email support@pon.net

Please Note: These screenshots were taken using Netscape 4.5 so your particular version of Netscape may look slightly different but the material presented here should closely resemble what you will be seeing.
Also, these instructions were made using the Windows version of Netscape, although they should work fine with the Macintosh versions. As always, you may notice minor visual differences between these screenshots taken from Windows when compared with what you are seeing on your Macintosh.


With both the Windows and Macintosh versions of Netscape to access the Preferences screen go to your Edit menu, then select Preferences.

Step 1
Locate and double-click on Mail & Groups or Mail & Newsgroups. This area will be labeled one or the other, or perhaps even something else but will basically be what we are looking for.

Step 2

Under Mail & Groups click on the Identity selection. On the right-hand side make sure all the boxes show the correct information

Step 3

These options are purely up to you in how they are setup. We recommend setting Netscape to send messages by HTML format as you can add formatting and other nice features using HTML. The only problem with this is that if you send messages to people using old email programs or non-standard email programs they may have problems reading the messages or may not be able to read the message at all. Other then that the other options are probably best left the way they are by default if you are not sure what they do.

Step 4

This is the important area for your Mail setup. This window may look slightly different depending on the version of Netscape you are using but the information here should basically be what you see and need to enter in your version of Netscape. For the Incoming and Outgoing usernames you will need to enter your email address, but leave off the @pon.net - however if you have a domain name (.com, .net, or .org) you will need to put your entire email address but instead of using an @ you need to use a $ in the username.
You will also need to make sure your Incoming Mail server is set to pop3.pon.net (exactly as is typed here) and your Outgoing Mail server is set to smtp.pon.net (exactly as is typed here). If you cannot directly edit what is set for your Incoming Mail server you will probably need to click on the Edit button located near the box assigned to the Incoming Mail server.
Click the More Options button (if you have it) and continue to Step 4-A.
Business Emails Only:
(i.e. .com, .org, .net, .biz - other) --> Your Login name MUST be your full email address.

Step 4-A

Leave the IMAP server directory box blank unless specifically told otherwise by a Pacific Online technician. Also, if you find that you write long email messages and get disconnected from our idle time limitation as a result you can check the box on labeled "Check for mail every...minutes" and set the number in the box to 10 or 15. This way as long as Netscape Mail is open it will check for email every 10 or 15 minutes thus keeping you online so you can take as long as you wish to compose emails.
If you wish to have Netscape Mail remember your password so you do not have to enter it every time you check email then check the box on labeled "Remember my mail password".
We recommend that you leave the last check box off unless you have a specific reason to turn it on.
Click OK to save these settings and return to the Preferences window.

Step 5

This window holds the settings for the Newsgroup server that you can access free-of-charge through Pacific Online. The important information you will need is the Newsgroup server which is news.pon.net (just as is typed here) and the Port which is 119. Make sure that the Secure check box is not checked or you will not be able to connect to the Newsgroups. The other options are purely up to you the way they are set.

You are now finished with setting up your Netscape Mail to check Mail and Newsgroups with Pacific Online. As always, if you have any questions about the setup or have any problems trying to access Mail or Newsgroups please feel free to contact Pacific Online's Technical Support. Our contact information can be found via this link.

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Last Updated:
03/06/17 11:11 PM

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