About connecting to your e-mail server

You can connect to your e-mail server either by using a local area network (LAN), a dial-up networking connection by using a traditional (such as a 28.8 or 56K) modem, or your own dialing program by using a modem.

ShowThrough a LAN

Your organization must provide external access to the Internet through an Internet gateway (gateway: A device that connects different e-mail systems and transfers messages between them.), or use an Internet Mail server that is already on a LAN. When you connect to the Internet through a LAN, your Internet e-mail server automatically checks for and delivers new messages at preset intervals. You can also specify a dial-up networking connection to use when the LAN is not available.

ShowWith a modem

ShowUsing another dialing program

If you would rather prompt the server when you want your incoming and outgoing mail to be delivered, you can connect to the server manually. For example, you might want to connect manually if you have a slow connection to your e-mail server using a dial-up networking connection, and you don't want to wait for the server to connect automatically.

 Note   Wireless networks and DSL or cable modems are considered LAN connections because they generally maintain a constant connection and do not require a connection to be manually established.

Applies to:
Outlook 2003