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Introduction

There are several ways that you can connect to your e-mail server. You can connect to an e-mail server by using a local area network (LAN), a dial-up networking connection, a traditional modem or your own dialing program using a modem. In order to connect through a LAN, your company or organization must provide you with external access to the Internet through an Internet gateway—which is a device that connects different e-mail systems and transfers messages between them. Your company can also use an Internet Mail server that is already on the LAN. Connecting through the LAN causes your Internet e-mail server to check for and deliver new messages. DSL and cable modems are also considered LAN connections because they usually maintain a constant connection.

For those who don't work through a company LAN, you can connect to an e-mail server through your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Your ISP gives you access to the Internet and an Internet e-mail server, which checks for new messages and delivers them to your Inbox. In order to connect to your ISP's e-mail server, your ISP must provide you with the phone number, modem settings and network protocols.


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