A Newbie's Guide to Telnet
What is TELNET?
Telnet is a program that enables you to communicate with other computers. It is typically used for remote access to a host computer on which you have an account or to publicly accessible catalogues and databases. Telnet is like FTP: you establish a session on a remote site.
As with FTP, before you can start a Telnet session, you need to have the address of the site you want to access. After you have attached to the remote host, you need to enter the commands that are appropriate to the operating system on the remote computer.
This article serves only as a backgrounder and a primer to you on how to do basic Telnet sessions. You should contact your ISP and ask them more about how you can Telnet.
The procedure for establishing a Telnet session begins with getting to theTelnet> prompt. Some systems make the prompt available through a menu while others require that you type Telnet at the system prompt. Again, you should check with your ISP people on how you can reach Telnet.
Many remote hosts require you to have a login name and a password to connect. On the other hand, there are others that allow users to login using a generic login name such as guest or info with no required password.
Below are some of the fundamental telnet commands you can type at theTelnet> prompt:
There is a special Telnet tutorial login available to give new users to the InterNIC Directory and Database online services. Start your Telnet session by accessingds.internic.net and login as guest (no password required). The tutorial will guide you through the different Telnet services.
Here is a sample of what you can expect to see on your screen in your Telnet tutorial:
From this point, you can choose any of the tutorials. All you have to do is follow the instructions and then choose Exit to end the sessions.
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