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UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Remote Email]

UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Remote Email]

Question: How do I read my MathNet Email?
Author: Joseph Tam
Date: 2019-04-05

  1. Browser access:

    (better for small format smartphones)
  2. Mail reader

    Mail reading applications, such as Mail (MacOSX), Outlook, Thunderbird and some command line readers, can be configured to access mail remotely via one of two protocols:

    • IMAP: the preferred protocol. IMAP will support access to your INBOX, as well as a collection of personal mailboxes.
      • Protocol: IMAP
      • Incoming server:
      • (Use one of) Port: (STARTTLS) 143, (SSL) 993
      • Mail prefix: (empty)

      Thunderbird: disable "Server supports folders that contain sub-folders and messages." found in the settings menu: Tool / Account Settings / Server Settings / Advanced ...

    • MacOSX/iOS: disable "Automatic manage connections".

    • POP3: protocol used by older mail readers. Only your INBOX will be accessible, and other personal mail folders will only exist on your mail reader's device, thus not accessible by the mail readers.
      • Protocol: POP3
      • Incoming mail server:
      • (Use one of) Port: (STARTTLS) 110, (SSL) 995
    • For both IMAP/POP3: You may also be asked to specify the username and password. Do not confuse username and Email address i.e. use "username", not "". If the settings do not ask for server hostnames or ports, you may be using a simplified configuration form that rarely works well. Try finding the advanced setting/configuration form that allows you to specify parameters in detail.

    (Sending mail, although related to reading Email, is actually a separate and distinct service requiring its own set of configurations.)

  3. Command-line mail reader

    If you can connect via ssh to our public unix hosts (e.g., you can use a command line mail reader (e.g. pine). A ssh client may already be installed on your system. Windows ssh clients can also be downloaded from our software repository
  4. Mail forwarding

    You can forward your messages to another Email address. See

    How do I forward Email to another Email address?