Program configuration for Opera 9

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

Start Opera as usual.

In the Tools menu click Mail and chat accounts.

Selection: Tools - Mail and chat accounts

If you have created an account before a "Manage accounts" dialog opens. In that case click Add.

Manage accounts - Add

If you are creating the first account in Opera you will see an according message. Confirm by clicking Yes.

Create account? - Yes

In both cases the account wizard starts now. Select News from the list of possible account types and click Next.

Account wizard starts

Now enter your personal information. Enter your real name and your e-mail address in the according fields. The Organization may be left empty.

Click Next.

Entering real name and e-mail address

Enter the name of our news server News.CIS.DFN.DE in the field Incoming server and your e-mail provider's SMTP server name in Outgoing server if applicable.

Click Finish to close the wizard.

The configuration is not complete yet. You will still have to enter your username and your password.

Entering Incoming and outgoing server

After closing the wizard a "Subscribe Newsgroups" windows opens. Click Account, then Properties.

Subscribe Newsgroups - Account - Properties

You can assign a short name to that account in the General tab. The server name is the default, we have chosen "NetNews".

Register 'General': Account name

Click the Servers tab and select Plaintext in "Authentication".

Register 'Servers': Authentication - Plaintext

Enter the account details you have received from us in the Username and Password field.

Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at

It is not necessary to enter a password if your institution is a member of the institutional access scheme (Anwenderzulassung) and you are accessing the server from your institution's network.

If you prefer both authentication and articles to be transferred over an encrypted connection, check "Secure connection (TLS)" and set "Port number" to 563; otherwise leave it unchanged at "119". If applicable you can also configure username and password of your e-mail server in the lower part of the window.

Secure connection (TLS) - do not check

You can change further settings in the Incoming and Outgoing tabs. You might want to change or delete your default signature in Outgoing or adjust some server settings in Incoming.

Click OK when you are done.

Now you can select the newsgroups you wish to read. It may take some time until the entire list of newsgroups has been downloaded. You can use the Quick find field to narrow the list of newsgroups shown. Check the groups you wish to subscribe.

Click OK when you are done.

Select from list of newsgroups

Also close the "Manage accounts" window, if it is still open.

Manage accounts - close

In the Mail panel you should find a new item "News at NetNews". If you cannot see that panel, press F4 und click Mail. You can click the small arrow beside that item to see the list of your subscribed groups. You read and write articles in a group by clicking its name.

Newsgroups in the Mail panel