General purpose 16-bit telnet server for Windows 3

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 5, 2002

WinTD is a fairly basic 16-bit telnet daemon that will run on Windows 3.x, 95/98, and NT platforms. The freeware server allows any computer connected to the Internet to receive and process telnet connections. After connecting, users are presented with a primarily Unix-based interface with a few DOS specific extensions. If you've accessed telnet sites before, you won't have any problems working with WinTD; otherwise, you might want to brush up on basic Unix commands before setting up the server.

As with other telnet and remote login services, WinTD will allow you to perform numerous file maintenance and administration functions to a host computer from remote locations. Features include complete compatibility with all standard telnet clients, open standards compliance (with full support for the RFC 854 standard), 'per client' adjustable features (telnet client-specific commands), support for up to 15 simultaneous telnet connections, configurable login greeting option, automatic command-line completion functionality, command history logging, and a local administration tool for configuring connections and defining users. x, 95/98, and NT platforms.

The server also offers built-in support for file transfers on the server end, but this feature requires a special telnet client in order to complete the process (and unfortunately at this time there are no telnet clients that have this ability). WinTD security enhancements include the ability to restrict user access to specific commands, directories and files, and drives (offers the capability to ban a user from defined drives altogether). As far as support goes, while the program has been released as freeware, in order to receive the help file and e-mail support you'll need to pay a small fee of $10.

In all, WinTD is a great freeware program for efficiently connecting to a host computer from a remote location. There are several 32-bit telnet daemons that offer better functionality and performance, and there are also a variety of commercial programs now available like PCAnywhere, Carbon Copy, and LapLink that offer the same or better functionality as a telnet daemon but with a more intuitive and attractive interface. The downside to most of these programs is that they cost quite a bit more than WinTD (other daemons and commercial programs typically run in the range of $50-$200).

Pros: Freeware, basic but adequate set of features, easy to manage, runs on Windows 3.x/9x/NT
Cons: Lacks the performance, functionality, and ease of use of some competing offerings

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