SailMail / Windows
It is also possible to have Airmail run on a computer running Windows natively. There are a wide variety of Windows laptops available, some quite inexpensive and some quite a lot fancier. You do not need a very fancy laptop to run Airmail.
LuckGrib is able to work with any Windows computer running Airmail. To make this work, you need to:
These steps will be described in more detail.
Please read the discussion regarding Travel Routers in the iOS SailMail guide. A travel router can provide a network for LuckGrib and the Windows computer to share.
The iOS SailMail guide also described how to switch a Mac running a Windows virtual machine to a static IP address. This is useful, as then the IP address for the Mac will not change each time it reboots and connects to the network.
You will want to do something similar for your Windows computer. Static IP addresses are easer to work with in this scenario.
Use your favorite search engine to find a guide for how to do this with the version of Windows you are using. A search something like this should work:
As mentioned on the main SailMail page, AirMail needs a few small modifications in order to work with LuckGrib.
Configuring LuckGrib to use Airmail running on a native Windows computer is very similar to how you configure the app to work with Airmail when it is running in a virtual machine.
Follow the iOS or macOS guide to do this. When it comes time to configure LuckGrib for use with Airmail, the differences in this case will be:
The ports can be modified in the Airmail: Tools / Options / Mail (pop/smtp) server / Setup window.
With those small modifications, the remainder of the iOS or macOS guide will work for this case.
Note that if you are having a hard time getting LuckGrib to communicate with a Windows application, such as Airmail, XGate or UUPlus, the problem may be related to the Windows firewall. See this article on how to configure the Windows firewall.