William James Hall Computer Services

Using E-Mail @ William James

William James Hall Computer Services operates WJH email, offering both POP & IMAP over secure (SSL) connections. For on-campus and VPN users, we also operate a SMTP server for sending mail. Users can use a variety of email clients, such as Outlook and Thunderbird, or can access their mail directly by logging into the UNIX system and running PINE.

Please use the following links for more information:

General E-Mail Settings

POP vs. IMAP
WJH Computer Services does continue to provide legacy POP-based access to your WJH e-mail account. However, we urge all WJH account holders to use the IMAP protocol to access your e-mail instead.

IMAP has ma1ny advantages over POP; central among these is the fact that IMAP stores your inbox, saved message, and sent mail folders in your WJH account. This way, you can access your e-mail via Pine, Thunderbird, or any other client and see the same view of your mail from any location. With POP, your mail is typically downloaded to a local computer system and you may not be able to see downloaded mail from other computers.

Incoming Server for IMAP Users: imap.wjh.harvard.edu, SSL Enabled, default port
Incoming Server for POP Users: pop.wjh.harvard.edu, SSL Enabled, default port

Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.wjh.harvard.edu, no SSL