Using the Options -> Network & Administration menu you can select the preferred method of connecting to the Internet and define privileges for accounts and user groups.
The Bat! supports two methods of connecting to the Internet: "Local Area Network or manual connection" or "Dial-up networking connection". You can change the connection method in the Network section.
If the "Local Area Network or manual connection" method is selected, The Bat! uses an existing connection that was established either through your LAN or by manually dialing your Internet Service Provider.
You can select the "Dial-up networking connection", if your LAN is not connected to the Internet and you are using a dial-up connection provided by your ISP. Each time The Bat! needs to open a TCP/IP connection, it checks whether or not the specified phone book entry is active (i.e. the established TCP/IP connection). If the entry is active, the TCP/IP sessions start, otherwise The Bat! automatically dials the phone book entry. In this case, multiple requests such as checking mail for all accounts and combined delivery (which requires two TCP/IP connections to be open at once: One for mail retrieval and another one for sending mail) will be handled correctly.
Enable the "Auto-disconnect after mail transmission" option if you do not want to remain online after The Bat! has finished mail transfer.
Select the "No automatic dial for periodical checking" option, if you do not want The Bat! to automatically dial your ISP.
The "Use an existing Dial-up connection (if any)" option can be useful if you have several Internet Service Providers and want to use the established connection.
The "Pause between dials" value determines the shortest interval between two consecutive dial out sessions.
You can also set the "maximum number" of dialing retries.
If you need to use another authentication data, click the "More" button and input user name and password in the new window.
You can also "limit concurrent tasks in the Connection Center" if needed. On a slow Internet connection you might want one account at a time to check and download new mail, this way you will be able to read messages of an account while the others are in queue.