How to connect Outlook 2007 to your HTTP Mailboxes (gmx, msn, justhost)

Well, just before Outlook 2010 and its great new storm of connectors comes live this winter, here’s a little post explaining how you can use your Outlook 2007 to check your web based mail boxes.

First of all, be sure to download your Outlook 2007 Connector here. Installation is straight forward so just run it, and then start up Outlook 2007. Click on tools, select account settings and for there on, you can add new email accounts. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be all set. Remember that in order to add an account you will have to click on Tools (on the outlook menu) and select Account Settings. There you just click on New.

GMX + Outlook

Add new account

Select Microsoft Exchange, POP, Imap or HTTP

Click on Manually configure server settings or additional server types

Select Internet mail

Enter your name and email address, POP3 for account type, pop.gmx.com for incoming and mail.gmx.com for outgoing servers, your entire email address as username and your password below that.

Do not tick the SPA box.

Click on More Settings and 1. On the outgoing server tab tick the SMTP requires authentication box. 2. On the advanced tab Click on Leave messages on server if you do not wish them to be erased after you download them into outlook.

[Username which is your complete email address, e.g. john.doe@gmx.com
Incoming Server which is either a POP3 or IMAP server
Outgoing Server which is the SMTP server

You can use the following different server and port configurations for GMX.COM:

* POP3 Server: pop.gmx.com
* POP3 Port: 110 or 995 (when using SSL)
* SMTP Server: mail.gmx.com (for POP and IMAP)
* SMTP Port: 25 or 587 or 465 (when using SSL)
* IMAP4 Server: imap.gmx.com
* IMAP4 Port: 143 or 585 or 993 (when using SSL)]

Hotmail + Outlook

Add new account

Select Microsoft Exchange, POP, Imap or HTTP

Click on Manually configure server settings or additional server types

Select Internet mail

Enter your name and email address, POP3 for account type, pop3.live.com for incoming and smtp.live.com for outgoing servers, your entire email address as username and your password below that.

Tick the SPA box.

Click on More Settings and 1. On the outgoing server tab tick the SMTP requires authentication box and 2. On the advanced tab tick the SSL and choose TLS on the type of encrypted connections (Use ports 995 for Incoming pop3 and 587 for outgoing SMTP)  .

Click on Leave messages on server if you do not wish them to be erased after you download them into outlook.

Yahoo + Outlook

First off, you will need to download a little proxy-like piece of software that accepts smtp calls on one end (from your pc) and exports normal http calls on the other so that the yahoo servers will allow it to connect. The program is called ypops and you can download it for free. Install is straight forward so after you have it on your machine, carry out the following:

Add new account

Select Microsoft Exchange, POP, Imap or HTTP

Click on Manually configure server settings or additional server types

Select Internet mail

Enter your name and email address, POP3 for account type, 127.0.0.1 for incoming and outgoing servers, your entire email address as username and your password below that.

Click on More Settings and 1. On the outgoing server tab tick the SMTP requires authentication box and 2. On the advanced tab move the slider for the timeout to 10 minutes. Click on Leave messages on server if you do not wish them to be erased after you download them into outlook.

JustHost + Outlook

Add new account

Select Microsoft Exchange, POP, Imap or HTTP

Click on Manually configure server settings or additional server types

Select Internet mail

Enter your name and email address, POP3 for account type, mail.yourdomainnamehere.yourextensionhere for incoming and the same for outgoing servers, your username+domainname.domainextension as username and your password below that.

Tick the SPA.

Click on More Settings and 1. On the outgoing server tab tick the SMTP requires authentication box and 2. On the advanced tab, enter 465 as the outgoing port (2626 if you’re not using SSL), tick the SSL and choose SSL on the type of encrypted connections.

Click on Leave messages on server if you do not wish them to be erased after you download them into outlook.

GMail

Add new account Select Microsoft Exchange, POP, Imap or HTTP Click on Manually configure server settings or additional server types Select Internet mail Enter your name and email address, POP3 for account type, pop.gmail.com for incoming and smtp.gmail.com for outgoing servers, your full username (including the part AFTER @) as username and your password below that. Tick the SPA. Click on More Settings and 1. On the outgoing server tab tick the SMTP requires authentication box and 2. On the advanced tab, enter 995 in the incoming port, enter 587 as the outgoing port, tick the SSL and choose TLS on the type of encrypted connections. Click on Leave messages on server if you do not wish them to be erased after you download them into outlook.

UPDATE: TROUBLESHOOT OUTGOING EMAIL WITH LIVE (MSN) AND GMX ACCOUNTS

So, it seems that although the above instructions are correct, there will be times that although you can access your incoming email, you will not be able to send any. This is because some ISP’s block port number 25. You can still access your POP but not your SMTP for outgoing mail. I had this scenario happen to me when I started using my mobile phone connection as my primary internet gateway. Three mobile (3Mobile) is blocking port number 25 in the UK so I had to find an alternative way to send email. Thankfully, both providers, Live (MSN) and GMX, offer more than just one ports. If you too run into this predicament, all you have to do is change your outgoing port number from 25 to 587. It’s the same number for both providers.

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