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.