Setting up your Internet and Email accounts


Connecting to the Internet using a Microsoft Windows 95, 98 or 2000 computer.

RAIN uses the Dial-up Networking program included with Windows to connect to the Internet. (Called Network and Dial-up Connections in Windows 2000) Learn how to use this program as it is important in maintaining and restoring your Internet connection.

First locate the Dial-up Networking program, by clicking on the Windows Start button. Choose Programs from the pop-up list that opens, then choose Accessories, then Communications and finally Dial-up Networking. Once the Dial-up Networking window opens, click on the Make a New Connection icon and follow the instructions for the Internet Connection Wizard program that opens. You will need to enter your local dial-up access phone number. These are listed on the RAIN phone numbers sheet. You have now created your RAIN connection to the Internet. You may now right click (press down the Right mouse button) on the new icon you have just created, and choose Rename (press down on the Left mouse button), to name the icon RAIN (or whatever you choose). At this point you may want to create a shortcut; so this new icon shows up on your Desktop area. This is done by following the above procedure for Renaming your icon, only this time you will choose Create Shortcut from the drop down menu list.

Please call the RAIN office to complete the set-up for your new account at 899-4695.

Setting up Email for your RAIN account.

We will be adding a couple of pieces of information to the program you will be using to access your email account with RAIN. i.e. Outlook/Outlook Express or Netscape Messenger. You will need to add to your Email program Incoming Mail Server (POP3)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP)

Learn how to set-up email accounts in the mail program you use, through the Help menu.

A good source to set-up your email account, in additional to the Help menu of your email program, is located at the following website .

If you are unable to connect to the Internet through your RAIN account, delete the icon you created for your account and create a new account as detailed above in the Dial-up Networking program.

Please note:

MegaPop access number users. Login using
Renewal notices are sent to your RAIN email account, or if you prefer another email account, two weeks before your due date, on your due date and two weeks after your due date.

If you have any questions, please call at 805-899-4695

Windows XP setup notes:

Windows XP Professional includes the Network Setup Wizard and offers extensive information about planning and setting up a network in a small business or at your home.

Setting Up Other Connections

" An Internet connection: Connect to the Internet using your modem and phone or ISDN line.

To start the New Connection Wizard
" Click Start, then click Control Panel, then click Network and Internet Connections. Click Network Connections and then click Create a new connection, under Network Tasks in the left-hand column.

Thank You for choosing RAIN as your Internet Service Provider.

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