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Telnet - it's more than a remote access protocol

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#1 Holmes.Sherlock


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Posted 28 August 2011 - 02:20 AM

To answer the question what Telnet is, these are the few lines taken out of Wiki pages:

Telnet is a network protocol used on the Internet or local area networks to provide a bidirectional interactive text-oriented communications facility using a virtual terminal connection. User data is interspersed in-band with Telnet control information in an 8-bit byte oriented data connection over the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP).
Historically, Telnet provided access to a command-line interface (usually, of an operating system) on a remote host. Most network equipment and operating systems with a TCP/IP stack support a Telnet service for remote configuration (including systems based on Windows NT).

So, what is Telnet all about? It's mainly a remote access protocol, right? At least this far was my understanding before I came across this page while googling. The Telnet server that broadcasts Star Wars - Episode IV to your command line as animated text. So next time if your child cries to watch a movie, just point your Telnet client to towel.blinkenlights.nl @ port 23 & let him/her enjoy this great sci-fi movie. Find more information here.

#2 breaker


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Posted 28 August 2011 - 07:00 AM

yup, fun stuff. I saw the Star War thing a few years back, but thanks for the link to the site that lists more fun telnet sites.

I haven't used telnet regularly for a while, but I used it before I ever used the web.

It's fun, but for a serious shell login, these days one should use ssh.

Speaking of old protocols, remember gopher? http://en.wikipedia....opher_(protocol)


Edited by breaker, 28 August 2011 - 07:08 AM.

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