Telnet is a facility that allows you to login onto Internet connected computers other than the one you are sitting at. You will be able to login onto that computer if you have a user account on it, or you can make use of any system that allows public or guest access.

For example, let us assume we want to connect to the departmental VAX. All telnet applications need to be told where to conenct to ; DOS and UNIX users will simply have to type telnet followed by an address while users of graphical software will probably have to type their selection into an options box.
Now, the VAX could be accessed via its IP number by typing telnet and then pressing ENTER. This is a bit hard to remember !

You can also do this by using the DNS address where you would type in telnet and then press ENTER. Note that if you ever need to access a computer which is on your network, you can probably avoid typing the full address. For example, a student in the department could use the short address: telnet mv3b. (A computer within the department will then analyse the address and send the information to the correct machine).

After connecting, you will be asked for your login ID, followed by your password. After that it's up to you what you do before you logout !

Readers from outside the department: It should be pointed out that this is simply an example ; you won't be able to log onto mv3b because you probably do not have an account on it !

Incidentally, after DOS/UNIX users have logged out, they should use Alt X on the keyboard to get back to the command prompt.

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