Read Purdue Email While Away From Purdue
Taking Your Own Computer With You
- Purchasing and taking your own computer is
perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to read email remotely.
Get a laptop with a modem, configure it to connect to your favorite Internet
Service Provider (hopefully there will be a local number in the place you
are going), and configure Outlook to access Purdue email
before you leave. That way when you arrive @ your destination, you can
plug the modem into a phone jack, dial, and start reading immediately.
Plus you will have access to the Web, word processing, and other
applications you may need. If you do not own a laptop, check with your
department to see if a laptop is available for check out.
Using Someone Else's Computer In A Remote Location
- Purdue Exchange/Outlook Web Access
- The best way to read your email from off campus is to
use the Outlook Web Access. This is a web interface to the Purdue
Exchange server. Using this site is very similar to using Outlook on
your computer. You have access to your inbox, calendar, mail folders,
and deleted items.
- The interface to log into the system are similar to
using Outlook on your computer. Your username must have "onepurdue\"
in front of it. This is already in the text field, so your username
goes after it. Your password goes in the second text field.
- If you are using a fast internet connection, then
select the Premium option below the password field. If you are using a
slower connection, choose the basic option. This option allows you
access to everything that the premium option does, but it does it with fewer
graphics, making it faster. We recommend that you leave the public
computer option checked. This will provide more security for you.
- For more information, please visit our
- Purdue Webmail
- Easiest way to read Purdue email from someone
else's computer is to use Webmail. Webmail is a web interface to the
Purdue University mailhome. You can read and send Purdue email from
any web browser as well as access your email folders stored on the
mailhome. Webmail can be found at the following address:
- Netscape Communicator
- If you have access to Netscape Communicator at your
remote location, you may be able to configure it to access the Purdue
mailhome. Click here for more
details about configuring Netscape Communicator email.
- Take your Netscape Communicator profile with you: If you have a Zip drive attached to your Purdue office PC and the
remote PC, you can take a copy your office Netscape Communicator Profile
which contains all the settings you need to access Purdue email (including
your signature file, address books, bookmarks, etc.). The Netscape
Communicator profiles are locate in a folder named:
- c:\program files\netscape\users
- Inside this folder are subfolders with the names
of Netscape users
- You can copy your user profile folder to a
Zip disk by dragging.
- You can install your user profile by dragging it
- c:\program files\netscape\users folder on the
- On the remote machine, run the Netscape User
Profile Manager and specify the path of the profile that you just
copied and Netscape will give you the option to use the existing,
- Ask the local computer support people for help
with all this if needed.
- Other software provided by remote sites
- Check with the local computer support people to
find out what kind of software is available @ their site. For many
traveling faculty, this turns out to be the best solution-- the remote site may be able to get you going with their supported email package. They
may even give you a temporary local email account. If you are
spending a significant amount of time @ a particular remote site, call the
computer support people @ the remote location before you leave and ask them what resources are available to you and what preparation you
should make. The Education IT team will not have details
about remote sites.