Using email services on Vex.Net
Every account holder on Vex.Net has an email address of the form login@Vex.Net. This address is also your mailbox on the system. This document discusses basic email usage. See the document on virtual services for further discussion if you also have your own domain being served by Vex.Net.
As part of your Vex.Net account you get a mailbox on the system. This mailbox gets all the mail addressed to you that is received by Vex.Net either from a remote site or from a local Vex.Net user. You can retrieve this email in a number of ways.
If you have a shell account you can log in and run an email client. We offer two basic programs, mutt and alpine. See the man page (look at the shell topic) for the commands for more information.
If you prefer to use a client on your own system, by far the most common option, then you need to set up your account settings to point to our server. First choose whether you want to use POP or IMAP. There are tradeoffs either way. POP allows you to read email faster and be able to access it if your Internet connection is down. However, if you do not have immediate access to your computer then your mailbox is not available,
IMAP is a little slower because every access to your mailbox is over the Internet but it allows you to access your inbox and all your email folders from any computer that you have set up with your account information. This, for example, gives you immediate access on your iPhone or Blackberry but also allows you to work on your main computer when you arrive home or to the office later.
Regardless of your choice you need to enter in the mail server which is mail.Vex.Net. The default port numbers should be fine. Add your login and password and you should be able to read email.
To send email, if you are using a local POP or IMAP client as described above you can choose to send outgoing email through Vex.Net as well. Put mail.Vex.Net in the sending section as well. Set encryption (TLS) on, set it to authenticate before sending and set the port to 587. Please check the documentation for your client if necessary.
Another option is to use web mail. Select Web mail from the main web page and choose your preferred client, Squirrelmail or Roundcube. Both use IMAP so you can go back and forth between them until you have decided on a preference. You can bookmark the login page once you have decided for your own convenience.
Because web mail uses IMAP you can use it when you are away from your own computer from any computer on the net with a web browser. If you use IMAP elsewhere you can share all your folders between your office/home computer, PDA and web mail.
If you are using Web Mail on Vex.Net you may notice that HTML email is rendered as plain text. Since HTML email can be a carrier of viruses it is turned off by default. If you wish to have your HTML email rendered then you can go into the Options and then display preferences and check the "Show HTML Version by Default" button. You may still see images replaced by a graphic that says "This image has been removed for security reasons." If you are sure of your sender you can click the "View unsafe images" link at the top of the message to see those as well.