Create a new, empty folder for Hamster and unzip the files into this folder - that's it!
Hamster Playground is pre-configured to provide news and mail services for the computer it is running on. Depending on your specific needs you will have to configure additional things like remote servers later, but for the moment, you just have to start HService and HControl to see, if all is working and if you are able to connect to Hamster with your newsreader and/or mailclient.
Descriptions of typical configuration tasks can be found in the "How to ..." section, but for the moment you just need to know how to start the two Hamster programs:
to ... start HService?
(in short: double-click HService.exe in Explorer)
to ... start HControl?
(in short: double-click HControl.exe in Explorer and connect with username/password
To access Hamster's newsserver with a newsreader, you have to configure it with a newsserver-name and appropriate authentication-information.
One newsserver name, that always works, is
which is an IP-address pointing to the current computer. In most cases, the name
localhost should work, too.
The required settings for authentication are username
If the settings are correct, you can connect to Hamster now and get the list
of available newsgroups. The list should contain the predefined local group
internal.misc. Try to post an article to this group and see,
if you get your article back when pulling new news.
Similar to the setup of the newsreader above, you can use
localhost for the names of the mailservers. Use this name
for both servers, i.e. for POP3 (receive mails) and SMTP (send mails).
Again, the required settings for authentication are username
and the password
If the settings are correct, you can connect to Hamster now. Try sending a mail to one of the addresses noted below and see, if you get your mail back from Hamster.
Here are some examples of addresses, which will always be kept local and won't be sent out with Hamster's default-settings:
admin (i.e. without a trailing
All of these addresses result in a (local-only) mail to Hamster's
The only reason for giving some alternatives here, is, that some mail-clients
might refuse some of these addresses. Just try the addresses from top to down
and use the first format, your mail-client accepts.
[www.elbiah.de Hamster Playground Documentation]