What can I use telnet to do?

Hey guys, what can I use telnet to do?
I've messed around with a few things and I've seen the star wars animation (towel.blinkenlights.nl), but what else can I use it for?


frollard5 years ago
its an old-school way of getting a text-based screen virtualized to a computer a long way away on super low bandwidth -- It was designed so administrators could remotely access/configure machines over phone lines. It's 2-way, you can type in it and the resultant commands will be interpreted on the other end, with results sent back to you.

Imagine a time when remote desktop (graphical) was simply too bandwidth intensive...when a computer working with video 'at all' was a miracle...that's when it was mostly useful.

Nowadays it offers a lightweight way to get into servers from portable devices.

Alternately - it can allow one server to connect and share information with another server, albeit slowly.
lemonie5 years ago
If you don't know of anything else then that is probably all that you'd actually be interested in.