Brown Family Online Services

This server provides email and cloud storage services for members of the extended Brown family. Please see the details below. For more tips and details about use of the email system, also take a look at this page

Cloud Storage

Familybrown.org uses Nextcloud to provide cloud storage to its users. You can access your storage using your web browser at https://www.familybrown.org/nextcloud/. You can also download client software from nextcloud.com (see the links under "Sync your data").

Weather Conditions

I've put my weather station online. If you're interested, check out the weather conditions at our home.

Webmail

At this time, familybrown.org offers five webmail systems. All five systems, as well as email client access, operate on the same email account--you'll see the same messages, folders, etc. You can access them using the links below. Try them all, and see which you prefer.

  • RoundCube: This is a fairly simple, lightweight webmail system, but is not terribly full-featured. It is considered to be stable code, though, so you can expect that it won't change significantly over time.
  • RainLoop: RainLoop is another lightweight webmail client. One unique feature is that it will integrate with your Dropbox account for file attachments and the like. Its integration into this server may change in the future.
  • Horde: Horde is a full-featured web application, and the application itself is mature and stable. However, its installation and integration in this server is relatively untested and therefore may change.
  • WebTop: WebTop is a full-featured web desktop application which will handle mail, calendars, contacts, etc. It will also allow you to sync with external calendars, such as those provided by Google. It will allow you to integrate with Nextcloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox for file storage, attachments, and the like. Note: You must log in to WebTop with your full email address, not just your username.
  • SOGo: SOGo is another groupware suite including email, address book, tasks, calendar, etc.

Email Client Setup

In addition to the webmail systems installed on familybrown.org, you may wish to use email client software like Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook.

Thunderbird/Outlook/etc.

Setup of these clients should be automatic. Once you enter your email address, your client should contact familybrown.org and obtain the necessary configuration information, and many other clients should do the same.

iOS/OSX Mail

If you use the Mail app on either a Macintosh computer or an iOS device (iPhone/iPad), you can download the configuration by entering your email address and password below and clicking the Download button.

Other clients

If your preferred client doesn't automatically recognize the settings, and you aren't using iOS/OSX Mail, please see the server information below:

  • Incoming Mail Server
    • Server address: imap.familybrown.org
    • Port: 143
    • Protocol: IMAP
    • Security/Encryption: STARTTLS or TLS
  • Outgoing Mail Server
    • Server address: smtp.familybrown.org
    • Port: 587
    • Security/Encryption: STARTTLS or TLS