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Question: What is telnet?
There are many functions of HiWAAY's online service that can be accessed through the Unix servers. These functions include setting up a directory for your homepage, changing your password, reading email and many more.
Telnet is simply opening up a connection to a server and logging into that server. You can telnet to universities and servers all over the world. To access most servers though you must have an account on that server and the account's password. Many Internet users find telnet to be a fast and efficient way to maintain homepages or read email or news.
Here's what you need to do it:
If you have Windows 95, 98 ,ME or 2000:
Just click on "start" and then "run" and in the command line type "telnet". That is not too hard is it? When your telnet program comes up click on the Connect Menu and then click on Remote System. Where it says host name type in the server you want to go to. In most cases this will be home.hiwaay.net (that is our main Unix server for our users). If you have a Macintosh or Windows 3.1 machine:
You will probably have to donwload and install a Telnet program. Once you get it installed it should have instructions on how to use it. The important thing is that you know what host you are trying to connect to. Again, this will usually be home.hiwaay.net if you are trying to get onto our Unix server. You can find many good telnet programs on the internet.