telnet — this is network Protocol, which provides command line interface to communicate with the device. Telnet is most often used for remote control, and sometimes for the initial configuration of some devices, especially network equipment, such as switches and access points. Telnet is also used to manage files on a website.

How does Telnet work?

Telnet was originally used on terminals. These computers only require a keyboard because everything on the screen is displayed as text. The terminal provides the ability to remotely log into another device as if you were sitting in front of it and using it like any other computer.

Telnet can currently be used with virtual terminal or terminal emulator, which is essentially a modern computer that communicates with the same Telnet protocol. One of examples of this is telnet team available from command line on Windows. The telnet command uses the Telnet protocol to communicate with a remote device or system.

Telnet commands can also be run on other operating systems such as Linux and macOS in the same way that telnet commands are run on Windows.

Telnet is different from other TCP/IP protocols such as HTTP which transfers files to and from the server. Instead, the Telnet protocol allows you to log into the server as if you were a real user, and then gives you direct control and all the same file and application rights as the user you logged in as.

While not the same as Telnet, if you are looking for a way to communicate remotely with another computer, take a look this list of free remote access programs .

How to use Windows Telnet

While Telnet is not a secure way to communicate with another device, there are one or two reasons to use it, but you can’t just open a command prompt window and wait for telnet commands to begin executing.

The Telnet Client, a command line tool that executes telnet commands on Windows, works on every version of Windows, but depending on the version of Windows you’re using, you may need to enable it first.

Enable Telnet Client on Windows

AT Windows 10 , Windows 8 , Windows 7 and Windows Vista enable the Telnet client in Windows Components at control panels, before any telnet commands can be executed.

The Telnet client is already installed and ready to use as in Windows XP so and in Windows 98.

  1. Open the control panel by executing Search control panels in the start menu. Or open the Run dialog via WIN+R and then type control .

  2. Select Programs . If you don’t see it because icons applet in control panel select » Programs and components» and then go to step 4.

    Program icon in Windows 10 Control Panel
  3. Select Programs and Features .

    Programs and Features in Windows 10 Control Panel / Programs
  4. Select Turn Windows features on or off left panel.

    Turn Windows feature on or off in Programs and Features Control Panel in Windows 10
  5. Check the box next to Telnet client .

    Telnet client check box in the Windows Features dialog box
  6. Select OK, to enable Telnet.

  7. When you see that Windows completed the requested message about changes you can close all open dialog boxes.

Execute Telnet Commands on Windows

Telnet commands are easy to execute. After command line opening enter a word telnet . The result is a line with the inscription Microsoft Telnet> where Telnet commands are entered.

Telnet Command in Windows 10

If you do not plan to run the first telnet command with additional commands, type telnet, followed by any telnet command such as shown in the examples below.

To connect to the Telnet server, enter the command corresponding to the following syntax :

порт хоста telnet

For example, input telnet 23 connects to via port 23 using Telnet.

The last part of the command is used for the Telnet port number, but you only need to specify if it is not the default port 23. For example, telnet 23 is the same as running the command but not the same as telnet 95 which connects to the same server, but through the port 95 .

Microsoft stores this list of telnet commands, if you want to learn more about how to perform actions such as opening and closing a Telnet connection, displaying Telnet client settings, and more.

Telnet Games & Additional Information

There are several command line tricks which can be done using Telnet. Some of them are in text form, but you can have fun with them.

Check the weather in Weather Underground with this Telnet command:

Telnet weather forecast for New York

Use Telnet to talk to artificially intelligent named psychotherapist Eliza . After connecting to Telehack using the command below, enter eliza, when you are asked to select one of the listed commands.

Eliza telnet AI commands

View the ASCII version of the full Star Wars Episode IV movie by typing it on the command line:

Telnet Star Wars on Windows 10 Command Prompt

In addition to the fun things to do in Telnet, there are several bulletin board systems. BBS allows you to send messages to other users, view news, share files and much more. Telnet BBS Guide lists hundreds of servers that you can connect to using Telnet.

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