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Thunderbird and Evolution Email Setup

Posted 08-17-2013 at 10:46 AM by wmromine

After recently upgrading my Linux OS from Squeeze to Wheezy, I needed to re-setup my email, again. My Internet provider is Time Warner Cable ("TWC") with their RoadRunner ("RR") service. Debian uses Evolution for the default email access. Initially, I thought I would search the Internet for the setup instructions, and quickly discovered it was pretty much a waste of time. I have another computer that uses Mozilla Thunderbird, so I just translated the settings to Evolution, and it works as expected. To be clear, Thunderbird and Evolution are compatible with TWC. Here are the setting:

1. Account Setting - Name the Account. I used "Home", since this is my home account. Provide your full name and email address. Also, check the box to make this account your default account. The other items on this Account Setting page are optional.
2. Receiving Email - The server type is POP. The server name is pop-server.cityname.rr.com, where the cityname is typically the city where you receive service. Check with TWC for your pop server if there is a question. The port is 110. The User Name is the part of your email address before the @. For security, select None or No encryption. For Authentication Type, select Password, transmitted insecurely or Password, Check for Supported Types. Also, check the box to remember the password.
3. Sending Email - The server type is SMTP. The server is smtp-server.cityname.rr.com. Check with TWC for your smtp server if there is a question. The port is 25. Check the box, Server requires authentication. For security, select None or No encryption. For Authentication, select Password, transmitted insecurely or Login, Check for Supported Types. The User Name is the part of your email address before the @. Then, check Remember password.

These are the important setting, but there are other settings you can adjust for your particular situation. Once the settings are complete, click Apply and close the email application. When you open it back up, you will be asked for your email login password. Enter the password and click Ok. You should be in business. The POP server will download your email from TWC and delete the email on their server.

I think most of the problems incurred are due to the encryption. When you try to use the encryption, you get error messages that the encryption is not supported by TWC. I have been using Thunderbird and Evolution for years with TWC and will continue to do so in the future. Both email applications work well.
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