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To configure an e-mail client for IMAP protocol, you will need the following information:

Server Type: IMAP
Incoming Server: mail.unwiredwest.com
Outgoing Server: mail.unwiredwest.com

User Name or Account Name: Your FULL E-MAIL ADDRESS
Password: Your e-mail password

NOTE: If your email address is associated with your own domain, then substitute your server names for mail.unwiredwest.com. For example, if your domain name is SHINYWHEELS.COM, then your incoming and outgoing mail server will be MAIL.SHINYWHEELS.COM.

Note: The outgoing server needs to be authenticated with user name and password.


1. Once you've opened Mail, click on the menu labeled Mail and select Preferences



2. Next, you are presented with a window which contains three tabs, "Account Information, "Special Mailboxes," and "Advanced." First, let's look at the "Account Information" tab.

* The "Account type" was determined when you set up the account. You cannot change it unless you delete this account and create a new one. The account type is "IMAP."
* "Description" can be whatever you like, but it is recommended that you use something descriptive. This is just the description listed in Mail's list of e-mail accounts.
* "Email Address" should be your e-mail address.
* "Full Name" can be your name, or whatever text you'd like to be seen as your name when you send e-mail.
* "Incoming Mail Server" should be "mail.unwiredwest.com"
* "User Name" should be your full email address
* "Password" is the password for your login name



Note: to add additional mail accounts, click the + button on the lower-left.

* You can edit the Outgoing Mail Server by opening the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) pull-down menu, selecting Edit server list, then selecting the Advanced tab.
1. The "Server Name" should be "mail.unwiredwest.com"
2. The "Server port" should be "143," with "Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) checked.
3. Authentication should be "password" and the "User Name" and "Password" should be your full email address and password.



3. Next, there are the "Special Mailboxes"

* We keep a copy of every message we send from Mail.
* We never erase messages in the junk mailbox, because we don't use Mail's built-in junk filtering.
* We keep our deleted messages in a separate folder, but we remove them from Mail each time we quit the program, so we save hard drive space on our computer.



4. Last, please take a look at the "Advanced" options.

* "Enable this account" means that you will be able to send and receive mail from this group of mail settings.
* "Include this account when automatically checking for new mail" means exactly what it says.
* The "Keep copies of messages for offline viewing" pull-down menu is strictly optional. Storing copies locally on your Macintosh will use additional disk resources, but can allow you to read your mail when not connected to the Internet.
* If you're using SSL, the default port will be 993. If you're not using SSL, the port should be 143.
* Authentication should be set to "Password."
* "Use IDLE command if the server supports it" should be checked.


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