- also Telnet An internet communications protocol that enables a computer to function as a terminal working from a remote computer.
- A program that implements this protocol.
intransitive verbtel·net·ted, tel·net·ting, tel·nets, or tel·net·ed tel·net·ing
(third-person singular simple present telnets, present participle telnetting, simple past and past participle telnetted)
- (computing, intransitive) To use such a program to make such a connection
telnet - Computer Definition
A TCP/IP protocol functioning at the Application Layer,TELNET provides terminal emulation service over a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection, enabling the user to assume control over the applications that reside on a remote system.Virtual network terminal services permit the data terminal equipment (DTE) to emulate other terminal devices, transparently. TELNET is defined in IETF RFC 854 (May 1983). See also Application Layer, DTE, IETF, TCP, TCP/IP, terminal emulation, and virtual.
A terminal emulation program, or a program based on that protocol, allowing individuals to remotely log on to other computers on the Internet. For many users, this program is not used because it requires familiarity with the UNIX operating system software.
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A terminal emulation protocol used on the Internet and TCP/IP-based networks. A Telnet program allows a user at a terminal or PC to log in to a remote computer and run a program and execute other Unix commands. Originally developed for ARPAnet, Telnet is a common utility in the TCP/IP protocol suite, but it is not secure and transfers commands in the clear. Secure shell (SSH) provides an encrypted alternative that is widely used (see SSH). See also Telenet.