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Chapter 27. Putting Your Modem to Work > Using HyperTerminal for Modem-to-Modem...

Using HyperTerminal for Modem-to-Modem Connections

The Phone Dialer is a handy tool, but it's almost certainly not why you bought your modem. Instead, your modem's true raison d'être is to connect to other modems and thus propel you into the world of online services and bulletin board systems (BBSs). To do this, you need a communications program (or terminal program) that can operate your modem and handle the behind-the-scenes dirty work of dialing, connecting, downloading, and uploading.

In Windows 3.x, modem communications were handled by the Terminal accessory, a homely, Spartan program that proved to be merely adequate in everything it did. Few people liked Terminal, and even fewer actually used it, but the Windows 98 replacement—a program called HyperTerminal—should please all but the most discriminating modem jockeys. HyperTerminal is a slick, 32-bit application that integrates seamlessly with Windows 98's communications subsystem. It offers numerous improvements over Terminal, including an attractive interface, greater terminal emulation options, and support for most popular file transfer protocols, such as 1K Xmodem and Zmodem. The next few sections show you how to use HyperTerminal to set up, dial, and work with online connections.


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