Thunderbird 2.0 IMAP (Windows)
Thunderbird 2.0 IMAP Setup
This document is intended to assist in the first-time setup of Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 to use Sonic.net to send and receive email.
Download and install the Mozilla Thunderbird from GetThunderbird.com. First, Thunderbird needs to know if you are setting up a mail or newsgroup account. Select "Email account" and click "Next."
You will be prompted to provide your name and email address. The name you provide here will be displayed to recipients of your outbound mail. Click "next" to continue.
You will be prompted to provide information about the Sonic.net mail servers.
- The incoming mail server is an IMAP server
- The "Incoming Server" is imap.sonic.net
- The "Outgoing Server" is mail.sonic.net
Click "next" to continue.
You will be prompted to provide the user name for your incoming and outgoing mail servers. This is simply your Sonic.net account name. Click "next" to continue.
You will be prompted to provide a name for this set of preferences. By default this will be the email address you provided earlier. Click "next" to continue.
You will be prompted to confirm your settings. Carefully review each entry. If any information here is incorrect, click the "back" button until you are prompted to re-enter the incorrect information. Once you are satisfied that there are no typos, click "finish" to complete the initial setup.
Sonic.net recommends the use of secure connections when retrieving or sending mail. To enable this capability, see the Thunderbird IMAP Settings page. Specifially you will want to enable SSL for incoming mail as shown here and both "user name and password" and "TLS, if available" for outgoing mail, as shown here
Thunderbird 2.0 IMAP Settings
The majority of settings available in Thunderbird 2.0 are purely a matter of personal preference. This document is intended as a reference for troubleshooting purposes.
Getting to Account Settings
To access the account settings in Thunderbird 2.0, open Thunderbird, select the Tools menu and click "Account Settings."
The first page you will be shown is the Account Settings. Here you can specify your name, email address, and reply-to address. If your reply-to address is your Sonic.net email address, you can leave this field blank. The Organization field is purely optional. You may wish you place your company name here. In the Account Settings you can specify a signature to place at the bottom of every email you send.
- In the Server Settings category, your Server Type should be "IMAP Mail Server." If this is incorrect, you will have to create a new IMAP mail account in Thunderbird to change it.
- The Server Name should be "imap.sonic.net."
- The User Name should be your Sonic.net account name in lowercase, and the Port should be set to 993. If the Port field is set to 143, you may want to select the checkbox below labeled "SSL."
All other settings here are purely optional.
Copies & Folders
All settings in the Copies & Folders category are a matter of personal preference. Set these as you please.
Composition & Addressing
In the Composition & Addressing category, you can specify whether you wish to compose messages in HTML, and whether you wish for quotes (used in replies) to appear above your reply or beneath it. These are a matter of personal preference. Set these as you please. Unless you have a specific reason not to, you should select "Use my global LDAP server preferences for this account." This is optional, and you can specify a different LDAP server if you like.
Use caution with the Disk Space category. If you limit the size of messages downloaded, you may miss important correspondence.
The settings in the Return Receipts category are purely optional. The default setting of "Use my global return receipt preferences for this account" will suit most needs.
In the Security category you can specify your default encryption and digital signing methods. This is a matter of personal preference, and for most purposes does not need to be configured.
Outgoing Server (SMTP)
The Outgoing Server category is where you can change your outbound mail server settings. Multiple outgoing mail servers can be configured here through the "add" and "edit" buttons.
Edit Outgoing Server
The server name when connected through Sonic.net is mail.sonic.net. We recommend that you set the Port to "465" and use SSL.