A Short HyperTerminal Tutorial

Hi all, I decided to do this small tutorial as I noticed a lot of you were new to Telnet, even though you had differing amounts of experience on the internet. HyperTerminal is a small program that’s been included in Windows for a long time (can’t remember when it was first introduced, I think around Windows 3.11). It’s very easy to set up and use, and since it’s already there in Windows it takes up no additional room.

So, with that said, let us begin:

 

First, go to the Start menu, then to Accessories, then Communications and you’ll see the icon for Hyperterminal. Clicking on that will bring up this next screen:

First HyperTerminal screen

Simply choose an icon and name for the connection, then click ok. Note that this icon will not be placed on the desktop, but will appear when you choose File > Open from the top toolbar menu in Hyperterminal. This is where all your connections that you save are kept. We then come to this screen:

Connection options 1

Now it is asking for your country and area code, as the default is for the program to dial a connection. Remember that when this program was made, there was no such thing as ADSL or cable modems for personal computers. To change this screen, click on the “Connect using” radio button and switch from COM 1 to TCP/IP (Winsock). This will then change what you see to this:

Making a connection

For those of you who may not have access to a broadband connection don’t worry, configuring HyperTerminal the same way will still work, it just means you will have to be connected to the net already each time you want to use the program. One of the ways this program was used most often was to dial into local BBS (Bulletin Board Systems), which was the easiest¬†way us dinosaurs from the dark ages could download graphics, programs and stuff, lol. Anyway, enough sideline history, now on with the show :). On the new screen you will see it asks for an address and port number. Here is where you type in the curtin address (or the name/numerical address of a Telnet site you want to visit) and unless directed otherwise by the site you are going to, leave the port number to it’s default of 23. Once you click on ok the program connects to the server and asks you the following:

Choosing a terminal type

Simply type V, then it will ask you to confirm yes or no, so type Y, and your connection will be completed (providing of course the site is not too busy and you are locked out, lol). For the purpose of our first Task, the following screen will appear:

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Now you can browse and search the directories to your heart’s content…well, to the site administrator’s content anyway, as they will have chosen what options you can do from here, lol. Just remember that when you disconnect from a site using HyperTerminal the first time, use the little icon up the top of a phone hanging up. That way you’ll be asked if you want to save this connection or not (that way if it’s a site you want to visit again you don’t have to go through the setup first).

Of course the above screen will be different depending on the site you visit, so go ahead and try HyperTerminal with the blinkenlights site in Task 2. Hopefully this is of use to you all, and that I’ve made it a little easier to use Telnet for you. On a side note referring to history again, you may notice on the web that BBS’s are making a comeback, both in WWW versions and also local versions that you can dial into from home. Some of the local versions never went away, lol, as most are done as a hobby by their administrators.

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