How can I use a LAN, cable, or DSL to access Internet mail?

If your physical connection is a cable modem with a cable (television) service (broadband) connection, or a digital subscriber line (DSL), HCL Notes® works as if you're on a LAN, so you can use the same or a very similar configuration for these three connection methods.

About this task

You can create a connection to Internet mail instead of or in addition to a connection to Notes mail on an HCL Domino® server. Your Internet mail server may be internal to your organization or available from a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP). If your Internet mail server is internal, you probably access it over a LAN, and if from an ISP, you probably use cable or DSL access, but all three physical connection methods are configured similarly in Notes. The primary difference is that an organization's LAN may use a proxy server, but you can connect to your ISP over cable or DSL without a proxy.

Your Internet incoming mail server may use either the POP or IMAP protocol, and you can use either a SMTP server for outgoing mail, or a Domino server. Ask your administrator or Internet Service Provider for advice.


  1. Gather the following:
    • Your email address in your organization (for example,
    • Your incoming server address (for example, or
    • Your outgoing server address if you use SMTP instead of a Domino server for outgoing mail (for example,
    • If your organization uses a proxy server for Internet access, the necessary server name(s) and port number(s).
  2. Optional: Switch to the location where you want to use this connection method, for example, Online.
  3. Click Tools > Client Reconfiguration Wizard.
  4. Select Internet mail servers (POP,IMAP,SMTP), and in the drop-down list, click Local Area Network.
  5. Click Next and answer the questions.


Note: After you complete this type of configuration, the current Location document in your Preferences contains the email address and proxy information (if any). Notes also creates separate Account documents for your incoming and outgoing mail servers, with the necessary login and password information.