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HyperTerminal \Program Files\windows nt\hypertrm.exe

Terminal access to remote computers, typically via a modem; also a substitute for Telnet.

To Open

Start Programs Accessories Communications HyperTerminal

Command Prompt hypertrm


With HyperTerminal and a modem, you can connect to a remote computer that supports terminal access, sends and receives files, and so on. HyperTerminal is useful for connecting to computer bulletin boards (popular in the 1970s and `80s); however, this type of terminal access has largely been replaced by the Internet.

When HyperTerminal is first started (or when you use File New), it prompts you to name your connection and choose an icon, the first of two steps necessary to initiate a connection. The name is arbitrary and can be anything; it’s really useful only if you intend to save your connection settings for use at a later time, but you have to enter something to proceed.

Next comes the Connect To dialog. The first option you should set is ironically the last one: in the Connect using list, choose either TCP/IP (Winsock) to initiate a session over your Internet connection, or choose a COM port (usually COM1) to use your modem (if installed). If you choose TCP/IP, HyperTerminal will be used as a Telnet client (see “Telnet”, later in this chapter, for more information), and you’ll be asked for a Host address (server name or IP address) and a Port number (use 23 for normal Telnet access). If you choose a COM port, you will be prompted for an area code and phone number used to place the subsequent phone call. If the Phone number field is disabled, the selected COM port either doesn’t have a modem attached to it or your modem is not properly set up.

Once you’ve established a connection, HyperTerminal is merely a portal through which you can type commands and view information. The specific commands and information depend on the type of connection you’re using and what the host computer supports.

All the options in HyperTerminal deal with managing connection profiles (saved as .ht files) and configuring the display (e.g., choosing fonts, colors, etc.). The transfer menu is used to help transfer files with the remote computer and is used only with terminal access. To transfer files with computers accessed with Telnet, use FTP.


For support and upgrades to HyperTerminal, go to http://www.hilgraeve.com/.

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