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Chapter 21. Connecting to the Internet > Internet Connection Options for DOS-Ba...

Internet Connection Options for DOS-Based Computers

Although you can connect a DOS-based computer directly to the Internet (through an ISP using a PPP connection), this is almost never done. Instead, you can more easily use a terminal emulation program to dial in to what is called a shell account with an ISP, such as Netcom. Dialing in this way gives you the appearance of sitting at a Unix-based terminal connected to the Internet. You can use all the Unix tools to perform various tasks on the Internet, such as transferring files from a remote host to your shell account (FTP), opening a terminal session on another computer on the Internet (Telnet), searching for information using Gopher, or getting rudimentary access (text based) to the World Wide Web.

You also need to be aware of another aspect of using DOS with the Internet. Even when you have a Windows-based PC, many of the basic tools for the Internet are text based and work very well in a DOS window. So, you can connect your Windows 9x PC to an ISP; open a DOS window; and run FTP, Telnet, or other DOS-based Internet utilities, for example. In this chapter, you learn about both these DOS-based Internet access methods.


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