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External email within AOL

I have a client using AOL on a PC, and I want to set them up to access an external email box (POP3 and IMAP compatible) from within the AOL software. How do I do that?

All my searches on the subject refer to an old web page that used to have this info, but it was on AOL Hometown, which is now closed.
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merwetta1
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Maniac_47Commented:
Which version of AOL is he running?

The easiest option may be to set up outlook for both accounts OR to have the 1 external account forward to his AOL address.  That way he can access all the mail from within the application without the need to confuse him with multiple accounts.

What kind of email is the other external mail running? (yahoo, gmail, etc?)  I can provide instructions on how to forward those I would just need more information on this issue.
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merwetta1Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply Maniac.  I am providing new web hosting to a company with a few old fogeys using AOL. The end goal is to give them easy email access to send/receive email from their domain. All outgoing email needs to show the domain address and not the AOL address. I am just told "they are using AOL". They are already sending/receiving email from their domain, but I don't know if they do that through AOL or by using an email client after connecting with AOL. So I am trying to prepare myself for their questions, and I don't know AOL at all. Let's assume they are using the newest version. Is it possible to setup email services for an external domain within the AOL software?

I understand the forwarding option, but assume outgoing email would be from AOL address.

I would like to offer them new POP/IMAP boxes, and they will be on a pair networks shared server, running FreeBSD and a custom version of Squirrel Mail (I think).
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Maniac_47Commented:
Ok,

With AOL anything they send out will appear to be coming from the AOL addresss, it would act just like Yahoo!.  What you are looking to do, house multiple accounts in the same location and be able to change who it appears to be coming from, would require a client such as Outlook, Thunderbird (Free), or something similar.

You would simply set up each account separatley (AOL, Domain, anything else) and then you would receive all to one spot.  After composing an email, you can then choose which account it comes from, and can even set it to default to the account you'd like it to send from.  Of course you'll be able to change that at any time by choosing from the "Account" drop down which account it should be sent from.

That would accomplish what you're looking to do, I would just gather the AOL server settings (smtp/pop/imap servers and ports) which can be found with a quick google search, and start plugging information into a mail client.

If you need further assistance with something like Thunderbird or Outlook, please let me know.
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Maniac_47Commented:
EDIT:

If they need to keep mail on the AOL account for remote access or such, please check the option in outlook to "Leave a copy of the messages on the server" and don't set a number of days until they are removed.  This step is only necessary for POP3 accounts, as IMAP will leave it on the server and work more like an exchange solution.
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merwetta1Author Commented:
Thanks Maniac. I started asking questions after your first response. I found out they are using AOL 9.0, and I asked if they are currently using a separate email client. My contact at the company claims they are handling all email within the AOL program. You pretty much answered the question by telling me it's impossible to send out email from AOL addressed from another domain. It seems they can't have the setup they claim, and I will need to figure out what the real story is. I am trying to get one of the AOL users to send me an email, so I can review the headers. When I get that email, can I assume the AOL software will be identified in the "X-Mailer" header and that AOL doesn't spoof Outlook headers or something weird like that?

(I'll award the points after your response to this)

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Maniac_47Commented:
If they are sending from within the AOL program, the headers should all appear as AOL related entries.  They shouldn't be able to change the outgoing username/address without some functionality I don't believe AOL to be able to provide (multiple smtp addresses for domains other than aol.com).  

In order for the AOL program to send mail from another provider, it would have to authenticate against that provider's mail server with a username / password associated with the account they would try and send from.  As I don't see anything here that says they are receiving mail to AOL for multiple addresses (i.e. user@aol.com, user@gmail.com, and user@domain.com), I don't believe there is any place to populate these credentials and authenticate against the server.

I know with something like Yahoo you can have mail be received for multiple domains (I had a college.edu account going into there) and it would keep it separate, but I don't believe AOL will provide the functionality that a provider like gmail does, who provides a "send as" feature for multiple accounts.
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