Manual (001)
How to Connect to a UNIX System from A Personal Computer
Prepared by : Rahman Tashakkori, Department of Computer Science - Appalachian State University

This manual is designed to be used on Personal Computers (PCs) with existing connectivity to the network. Such connectivity is required for communication between different computers. Currently computers in the Department of Computer Science are connected via twisted pair cables. Some users use telephone line to connect to a computer that is located at another. For instance, America On Line (AOL) users dial a number to connect to a server that is located somewhere in the United State. These users can use this manual after they have established the connectivity with their providers which usually permit Telnet.

In general we use Telnet to connect form one computer to another at the same or a different location. Telnet can be used to connect two computers with different platforms. For our purpose, we use Telnet to connect from a PC to a Department of Computer Science Unix base computer, cs, which handles our e-mails, web pages, and computations.  The Telnet that we are using comes with the Windows 95/98 operating systems. The Telnet icon may have been placed on your computer desktop already. If you do not see that icon follow these steps to open Telnet: Click on Start, click on Run, in the field type:  telent to establish a connection, otherwise go to Step(1).

Step (0) : Double Click on the Telnet icon on the screen. A window will open that has Telnet at the top left corner and the following (4) tabs; Connect, Edit, Terminal, Help

Step (1): Click on Connect. A box will open that has the following options in it; Remote System, Disconnect, Exit, and if that is the not the first time this machine was used to connect to other machines you will see the list of previous machines too. Let's for now assume that we do not have the name of the machine we want to connect to in the list.

Step(2): Click on Remote System. A box will appear, fill those field by using the information given bellow;

Step(3): Host Name (or any other machine)
    Port telnet
    Terminal Type vt100
Step (4): Click on Connect to proceed, you will see the following on the screen;
System Identification

Step (5): Type your login Id there, you will see the following on the screen;

Step(6): Type your password, you will see something like the following on the screen; System Identification and specification. Congradulations, you are now on the cs machine. You can run a program or use Pine to check your e-mail. To get to Pine just type pine at the prompt (%). To learn about Pine refer to Pine Manual "How to Use Pine".