Remote Mail on theory


Go to and log in using your theory username and password

Netscape 6.x/Mozilla Mail/Thunderbird Setup

  1. Open the mail reader (e.g. click on the mail icon in the bottom toolbar).
  2. If a new account setup does not appear, select Local Folder in the left window, followed by Create New Account in the right window.
  3. Select a standard email account and click on Next.
  4. Enter your name and your theory email address where prompted, and click Next.
  5. Choose IMAP as the server type and enter as the Server Name. Click Next.
  6. The next two questions should automatically contain your theory username and email address. Click next twice, and then Finish.
  7. In the left window select your theory email address then in the right window click on View Settings for this Account.
  8. Choose the Server Settings submenu.
  9. Select Use Secure Connection (SSL).
  10. Click on the Button labeled Advanced (just below the above selection).
  11. Enter mail/ in IMAP Server Directory.
  12. Unselect Server supports folders that contain sub-folders and messages.
  13. Click OK to close the "Advanced" window.
  14. Select the Submenu Outgoing Server (SMTP)
  15. Enter as the Server Name (this line and the one below will only work if you are connecting from a machine. If not, contact your local system administrator or ISP, and ask them the name of their outgoing mail server. You can also try entering mail, which will usually work).
  16. Enter your theory user name under User Name.
  17. Select "TLS when available".
  18. Click OK to close the window.
  19. The first time you check mail you will get a warning message about a certificate. Select Remember this certificate permanently and click on Continue.
  20. If your folders don't appear, go to the File menu and select Subscribe. Select all the folders you want and click Subscribe and then OK. Hint: you can choose multiple folders by first clicking on the first one, and then holding SHIFT while you click on the last one.

Congratulations: You are finally done!

Netscape 4.x Setup

  1. Start Netscape. Go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
  2. Expand the Mail & Newsgroups menu by clicking on the arrow.
  3. Choose the Identity submenu. Enter the following information:
  4. Choose the Mail Servers submenu. Enter the following information:
  5. Still in the Mail Servers submenu delete all Incoming Mail Servers (unless you also get mail from other accounts).
  6. Now Add an Incoming Mail Server. Enter the following information:
  7. Again click OK to close the preferences window.

You should now be ready to check mail. The first time you check mail, you will be asked to accept a New Site Certificate which should be signed by CalTech: Choose next twice, then select Accept this certificate forever, then next twice more, and then select Finish.

You will now be prompted for you theory password. After that you should be able to access your new messages in Inbox.

Accessing you other folders

At this point my version of Netscape seems to always forget the correct mail directory. You therefore should go back to the Preferences window, and select the Mail Servers submenu. Choose the Incoming Mail Server theory and select Edit. Select the Advanced tab and reenter the information IMAP Server Directory: mail/

Now restart netscape. If your folders are still not visible, you will have to manually add them. Go to the File menu and choose Subscribe. For each folder you want to see, select Subscribe. Hint: You can select all the folders by selecting the first one, and then clicking on the last one while holding SHIFT.

You may also want to go back to preferences and configure the Copies and Folders submenu, so that netscape will keep a copy of all sent messages on some folder that lives on theory.

Congratulations: You are finally done!