Email setup: Outlook Express
This guide applies to Outlook Express for Windows. The screenshots shown here were taken using Windows XP.
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You can use these instructions to set up email for your Plusnet email address or email for a domain hosted on your account.
If this is the first time you've opened Outlook Express, the Internet Connection Wizard will appear automatically (continue to step 3).
Otherwise, go to Tools on the top bar and select Accounts.
Click Add, then Mail. This will launch the Internet Connection Wizard.
Enter your full name (or the name you'd like people to see when you send them email from this account) and click Next.
Enter the address you're setting up, this could be a Plusnet address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a hosted domain address (email@example.com).
Fill in the mail server addresses (see below the screenshot if you need help with this).
- Choose POP3 or IMAP from the dropdown box (I don't know what to choose)
- Incoming mail server: For POP3, this is mail.plus.net, for IMAP this is imap.plus.net
- Outgoing mail server: relay.plus.net
When you've done this click Next.
Fill in your E-mail username and password (I don't know what these are).
Don't tick Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA).
Click Next to continue.
That's all you need to do. Click Finish to close the Internet Connection Wizard and then click Close to get back to your Inbox.
Finally Click Send/Recv and your email will be downloaded your Inbox.
That's all you need to do. If you have any questions about your email service or you experience any problems, please see the Related Articles at the bottom of the page.
Your email username and password
Setting up for the first time?
- Email username: Your Account username
- Email password: Your Account password
Your Account username and password are the ones you log in to this website with.
Setting up an additional Plusnet email address?
- Email username: Your mailbox username (in the format username+mailboxname)
- Email password: Your mailbox password
If you're not sure what these are, check the email we sent after the new address was created.
Should I choose POP3 or IMAP?
It's up to you! Below are the main differences between the two.
If you're likely to be checking your email from multiple places or devices (e.g. Your computer, a smartphone, webmail while at work), go with IMAP.
If you're only likely to be checking from one machine (e.g. your desktop or laptop at home), go for POP3
Everything sent to your email address is stored on our mail system until you connect and download it with your mail program.
As messages are downloaded to your computer, they are removed from our mail system. After downloading, messages are stored on your computer until you delete them.
With POP3, your messages are kept in one place and you can read messages (that you've already downloaded) when you're not connected to the Internet.
Everything sent to your email address is stored on our mail system until you delete it. For this reason, IMAP is better if you need check your mail from other computers or devices.
Any changes made to your messages (moving them between folders, marking them as read, deleting, etc) will be seen immediately on every computer or device that you check your email with.
As your messages are kept on our mail system, you'll need to be connected to the Internet to read them.
This page last updated 31st January 2012