The BBS Corner's
Telnet BBS Guide
How To Access
Telnet BBS Systems
If you are new to the process of Telnet
and have never accessed a Telnet BBS system before, the following is a
mini-tutiorial of how the Telnet process works and how to use a Telnet
to see a list of Telnet client
Click here to see
the Telnet BBS FAQ.
- How do I access BBS
systems on the Internet?
Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) have been
around long before the Internet. Traditional BBS systems that were
"dial-up" based were accessed by dialing them directly with your analog
telephone modem. This meant you used a
"terminal program" to access these BBS systems. There were many terminal
program out there in the dial-up BBS
heyday. Specific examples included Telix, Qmodem and ProComm.
But when BBSes moved to Telnet, this changed. This means you can now
access these BBS progams via your computer
on the Internet. Windows and Unix based operating systems (including
Linux and Mac OS X) have built-in Telnet
clients. This means you can access these BBS systems directly from your
computer without any new software.
However, there are several FREE third-party Telnet applications you can
use to access these systems. We'll talk
about those in a moment.
Windows XP based Systems
If you run Windows XP, Telnet is a built-in application that in most
cases is already turned on and ready to go.
If you want, you can either go to a "command prompt" and run the
following command syntax, or you can use the Start -> Run menu to run the following command syntax:
Telnet bbsaddresshere (example:
Telnet (ip address here) (example: telnet 127.0.0.1)
There are some BBS systems that do not use the default port (port
23). In that case, you will need to type it in manually.
Telnet bbsaddresshere port (example: gameland.darktech.org 24)
Accessing Telnet BBSes Via Your Web
If you use the Telnet BBS Guide,
you will notice we provide telnet links to each BBS we list on here.
with recent Windows upgrades, you will notice that these may no
longer work. Here's how you can get them to work
Internet Explorer Users (IE 7 and higher): You will need to
"Turn on" the ability to use Telnet. Download and
Telnet Registry Tweak Utility to update your registry file
to provide the ability to turn the ability
for you to click on a Telnet link on our website. Unzip the
"ie7_telnet.reg" file to the desktop. Double click on
it. Click "Yes" to confirm. That will enable Telnet from Internet
Google Chrome Users: Use the above
Registry Tweak Utility. (Yes, the same tweak enables it in
Firefox Users: You will also need to run this
Registry Tweak Utility in order to use
Firefox's capability to run the internal Telnet application. Once
you do so, within Firefox:
Go to Tools -> Options. Click on the Applications tab. Scroll down
to "Telnet". Under the Action header, click on
the tab that says "Always Ask. Then click on "Use Internet Shortcut
As an alternative to using the Registry Tweak, you can download and
install SyncTerm as
a FREE third-party telnet
client. Then you can tell Firefox to use SyncTerm as your Telnet
application client within Firefox. That way when
you click on a Telnet link on the Telnet BBS Guide, SyncTerm will
start and will automatically connect you to the
BBS you clicked on. Within Firefox: Go to Tools -> Options. Click on
the Applications tab. Scroll down to
"Telnet". Under the Action header, click on the tab that says
"Always Ask. Then select Other. Then click on
Browse. Find where you installed Syncterm.Exe (most likely under
C:\Program files\Syncterm\Syncterm.exe). Then
Firefox will use Syncterm as the default Telnet client application.
Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1/10 Based Systems
By default, Windows Vista and Windows 7/8/8.1 do not install the Telnet
client. You can install it by following these easy steps:
1. Click Start then select Control
Panel. (For Windows 8, access the Control Panel directly since there
is no Start menu.)
2. Select Programs and Features.
3. Select Turn Windows features on or off.
4. Select the Telnet Client option.
5. Click OK.
6. A dialog box will appear to confirm installation. The telnet
command should now be available.
You can now use the Command Line
commands as described above. In order to automatically run these from
your browser, you may also need to run the
Tweak Utility as described above, or use the alternate
SyncTerm Telnet Client method for Firefox.
Note: There are other telnet clients
out there in addition to SyncTerm. These include
(Shareware) and ZOC
Mac OS X
Since I don't have a computer that
runs Mac OS X, I'm not sure exactly how you could do it directly
from your web
browser. However, as with any Unix based system you can always use
the command line and use the same Telnet
command line as described above.
You can also install SyncTerm or ZOC as your third-party Telnet
client. SyncTerm is
free, ZOC is shareware.
If you have any questions - please visit the
Telnet FAQ page. If you need further help you may
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