How can I set Notes ports preferences?

The IBM® Notes® client works best when it is connected to a server from which it can receive mail and to which it can send outgoing mail. When you first install Notes®, during configuration, you specify a connection that is appropriate for your mail. This connection is most commonly over a local area network (such as broadband). If you want to specify an additional connection later, you may need to add a port. A port is an external socket on a computer into which you can plug a cable or a peripheral device.

Note: Notes® no longer supports ports for dialup modem communication (COM ports distinguished by numbers COM1, COM2, and so on) or the X.PC protocol used by them. To use a dialup modem connected to your computer, you must have remote access software (RAS) in your operating system and manage the port and communication from that software.

When you add a port, Notes® enables it by default and lets you specify the Notes® locations (Online, Home, and so on) at which you want to use the port. You can specify particular driver options at the time you add a port, and even give the port a familiar name. You need to configure a port for TCP/IP if you need an Internet connection. If you have trouble reaching a server, you can trace a network connection in Notes®.

  • To run Notes® as a POP3, IMAP, LDAP, NNTP, or SMTP Internet client, or to use Activities or Sametime® Connect within Notes®, you must have the TCP/IP port enabled through Notes®.
  • You must enable TCP/IP at the operating system level for the TCP/IP port in Notes® to work. For example, in Microsoft® Windows®, click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network and then Add TCP/IP if necessary.

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