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Use Microsoft Windows's Telnet program
to connect with a remote computer

Telnet enables you to log into a remote computer and its files - research
databases, library catalogs, gopher and Archie, and games. You can also
dial up bulletin boards, connect to virtual worlds such as Moo and Mud,
and if your I.S.P. allows it, even check your email.

Why would you telnet? Because some material you wish to access may not
be available on the Web, or because you do not have access to the Web on
a particular computer, but still want to connect with Internet resources.

What you may not realize is that Windows includes Telnet software,
which is easy to configure and use. Your host computer uses TCP/IP
protocol to run the Client Telnet, negotiating a session with the other
computer (the remote host or Server Telnet). Once the terminal settings
are determined and set, you can log into the other computer and access
files or converse with others, using your keyboard rather than your mouse.

NOTE: If you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer, your telnet program
may be already configured to run when you click on a telnet address.

HOW TO TELNET, part one:
(We will use an example here which we encourage you to try: The
Internet Public Library's Lambda Moo.)

1. If you do not have the telnet information for the site you wish to
visit, obtain it first, or access it via the Web when you do have Web
access. (See recommended Telnet links and instruction pages.)

Locate the telnet address, which will usually be a series of numbers -
the preferred format (example, or a series of words
(such as It may be followed by a four-letter
number, which is the port - or a port number may be listed separately.

Note the login procedure for the user name and password (if any),
and any additional procedure for connecting with your site.

If your telnet site has a Web page, consult it for further
instructions in regard to accessing and navigating this site.

NOTE: Further help is available in these Telnet Tips articles.

EXAMPLE: from the IPL Moo's web page
"The Internet Public Library MOO is a place for a library community, a place
where people can get together and interact in real time. In this environment, the
community can help shape the surroundings and make it fit their needs. One of
the benefits of the moo is that interaction with other visitors and objects (desks,
chairs, chat etc.) creates a mood conducive to virtual community. We have formed
the framework where librarians and information seekers can gather together, talk,
and provide reference services."

The page further reads: "Use a telnet program open a connection to the host at port 8888 or 23." However, if you use this address, you may receive an
error message which suggests trying the address 8888 instead.

The IPL web page also tells you to use the login iplmoo and to leave the
password field blank. Additional links to commands and help are provided.

More Telnet! Continue to next page

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