How to Connect to a UNIX System from A Personal Computer
Prepared by : Rahman Tashakkori, Instructor – Department of Physics – SUBR
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 Physics are connected via twisted pair cables. Some people use telephones to connect to computers that are located at the providers location. 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 a PC to the Department of Physics Unix base system which handles our e-mails, web pages, and computations. In our department, we assigned UNIX base computer, grant, to deliver our e-mails. Thus, will use Telnet to connect from a PC to this machine. The Telnet that we are using comes with Windows 95. The Telnet icon has already been placed on your Windows screen. If you do not see that icon please refer to Manual (A001) – "Adding an icon on the Windows Screen". To establish a connection follow these steps;
Host Name grant.phys.subr.edu (or the machine you want to connect
to, for instance unix1.sncc.lsu.edu)
Terminal Type vt100
IRIX Release 6.3 IP32 grant
Copyright 1987-1996 Silicon Graphics, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Last login: Tue Jun 09 10:01:40 CDT 1998 by UNKNOWN@188.8.131.52
You have mail.
Congratulations, you are now in the grant 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 Manual (002) "How to Use Pine".