For anyone who’s tired of the web-based interface that UW’s Nexus offers, here are some tips so that you never have to go back there again! I’ll tell you how you can move your email away from Nexus (your engmail account) as well as how to access your N: drive from anywhere using FTP. I am assuming you are using Gmail for these tips because it makes it all 100x easier.
Mail Forwarding & Custom Reply Address
Visit Nexus, login like normal, and go to “Deliver/Divert/Forward/Respond” on the left hand side menu. In the yellow box check “Foward Mail to” and enter your other Gmail address.
Now any email you receive on your campus account will go to Gmail. This is fantastic for keeping “in the know” about campus activities and official emails. However it leaves one problem – how do you reply (or send new emails) without using your Gmail address?
Now visit Gmail, login and hit “Settings” in the upper right corner. Go to “Accounts and Import”. By clicking “Send mail from another address” you can specify your Nexus account, for example “mmurkovi AT engmail DOT uwaterloo DOT ca”. You can leave the “reply-to” to be your Nexus account. This way when someone replys to you, their email first goes to Nexus then gets forwarded (set up earlier) to your Gmail again.
On the next page I recommend sending the mail through the ____.uwaterloo.ca SMTP server. The settings you need are:
- SMTP Server: engmail.uwaterloo.ca
- Port: 465
- Username: Nexus UserID
- Password: Nexus Password
- Check “Always use SSL when sending this email”
Now visit your Nexus (I swear it’s the last time!) and click the confirm link that Gmail just sent you. Done!
From now on all of your UW mail will be sent to Gmail and when you hit “Reply” it will automatically send it from Nexus. Hurray!
Alternatively you can set up Gmail so that it connects to the Nexus POP3 server and actually downloads all of your school mail and basically becomes an email client (like Outlook) for your Nexus mail. I tried this method once and it gave me a few headaches. I’ll post another tutorial if I manage to make that work better in the future.
N:\ Drive Access with FTP
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the primary way file transfer is done on the internet. You can use it to connect to web servers and upload/download data. In this case, you can use it to connect to your N:\ drive from home or your laptop. You can do this via the web interface on Nexus Mail by going to “File Manager” on the left hand menu and clicking “Login”. But like I said, that sucks!
- Download Filezilla (a free FTP client)
- Install it. Run it.
- File > Site Manager
- Click New Site and enter in this info:
- Host: engage.uwaterloo.ca
- Port: 22
- Servertype: SFTP -SSH File Transfer Protocol
- Logontype: Normal
- User: Nexus UserID
- Password: Nexus Password
- Click Connect
- On the error that pops up click “Always trust this host, add this key to cache” and hit OK
- Voilà! You can upload folders from your computer on the left into your N:\ drive on the right.
Side note: If you go into the “public_html” folder. This is where you can set up a personal website. Just make an “index.html” page to get started! You can access your site by visiting:
Where NEXUSID is your Nexus ID. Hint: try using my ID to see an old school web page I made.