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Example 5: Auto Telnet Sessions

We discuss two topics here:

 

5.a Telnet session using cmd window

5.b Telnet session using auto-login

 

By default, a cmd window (DOS console) is used as a telnet terminal. Below we show step by step of this feature. Note that cmd terminal does not allow auto-login. I.e., you will need to type in username and password. Nevertheless, it is one of the simplest and cleanest terminal for telnet.

TextMaestro also allows user specified telnet client to be launched if correctly configured. Below, we also discuss how one can configure Tera Term, telnet client of our choice, and use it for auto-login.

5.a Telnet session using cmd window         Top

At any time, click on the Launch Telnet button (see red square below), and a telnet session will be launched for current default host.

If you hold down Control key as you click on Launch Telnet button, the following dialog box will appear where you can choose a different host.

Here is an example of Cmd window to be used for TELNET session:

You can set font, color, size, etc. of this window by clicking on the black icon on left top corner, and then selecting Properties from the menu. This is nothing related to TextMaestro. It is to change Windows console properties so that TextMaestro will launch a cmd window of some convenient look and feel each time.

Caution: The remote host must have TELNET installed. Otherwise, the cmd command will quit after a few trials.

You can launch a telnet session also as follows:

  • Click on Account manager tab

  • Click on the host of interest

  • Use right click to open pop-up menu, and select Telnet...

See below:

 

5.b Telnet session using auto-login         Top

(1) Download: There are very few telnet clients that allow auto-login, of which our pick is Tera Term.

Download Tera Term straight from Tera Term Home Page.

After you download Tera Term (ttermp23.zip), you will need to unzip it in a local area. Then you will need to double click on setup.exe to launch the installation process.

 

(2) Configure Tera Term for TextMaestro: Click on Configure Options button from TextMaestro Main toolbar. The following dialog will appear where you can specify various program options. Click on Telnet sub category.

Assuming you have installed Tera Term in C:\Program Files\, enter the following for Specify telnet client of choice: for edit field.

C:\Program Files\TTERMPRO\ttpmacro.exe

Hit Ok. (You could use browse >> button and locate above image manually. Do not choose ttermpro.exe above, although one would guess to do so. ttermpro.exe is the actual terminal program. ttpmacro.exe is the macro program that allows auto-login for ttermpro.exe.)

Now you are ready to go. Launch telnet using any method as discussed in 5.1 above. This will open Tera Term terminal straight logged on your remote account. Here is an example:

You can configure Tera Term for convenient look and feel.

(1) Select Setup | Window. Configure your favorite color of the terminal.

(2) Select Setup | Font. Select your favorite font.

(Perhaps, Lucida Console, 9 points).

(3) Select Setup | Keyboard. Check on both Backspace key and Delete key. This allows you to use delete and backspace keys conveniently.

(4) Select Setup | Save setup... This allows you to save all the changes you just made.

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