Networking / Beginners

Configuring a Telnet Client

When you configure a Telnet client, you must provide the host name, your user login name, and the password. As mentioned previously, you must have permission to access the server to use Telnet. A host name is the name or IP address of the computer to which you want to connect. For instance, you might connect to a Web server with the host name The user login name you give Telnet should be the same login name you'd use if you logged into the server at its location. Some computers, usually university libraries with online catalogs, have open systems that enable you to log in with Telnet. These sites will either display a banner before the login prompt that tells you what login name to use, or they'll require no login name at all. As with the login name, you use the same password for a Telnet login that you'd use to log into the server directly. It's that simple. Computers with open access will either tell you what password to use when they tell you what login name to use, or they'll require no login name/password at all.

TIP Telnet enables you to control a remote computer from a local computer over a network.

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