A terminal emulation protocol (or Internet program) used to connect a computer to a remote host or server. Telnet is one of the oldest Internet activities and is primarily used to access online databases or to read articles stored on university servers.

The Telnet interface is text-based, and users must enter their login name and password before gaining access to the system.

Some of the things you can do with Telnet access include checking your e-mail, downloading a program, or chatting with other Telnet users. It is also possible to Telnet via your Web browser by changing the http:// to telnet:// and typing the site's address.

See also : remote terminal  terminal  
NetLingo Classification: Net Software