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How do I access a BBS Systems?
« on: June 08, 2018, 12:41:46 PM »
How Do I Access BBS Systems?

Telnet BBS Systems
Most BBS systems these days are Internet accessible via a system called Telnet. Telnet is an Internet application that has been around for well over 25 years - even before the World Wide Web. (For more information - Wikipedia article)

You can access them directly from your computer without any special software to be installed. Most modern computer operating systems have something called a ?Telnet Client? to access telnet systems directly. Windows XP, Mac OS X and all flavors of Unix (including Linux) can access Telnet systems directly without any special configuration. (Note - If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will need to "turn it on" first, or use another Telnet application - see next pargraph.)

In addition to the built-in Telnet software, there are a number of Telnet Client Applications that provide added support (such as file downloading) and full screen interfaces. Check out our Getting Connected page to see a list of Telnet Applications for your particular operating system. Most of these are freeware or shareware.

Dial-Up BBS Systems
There are still a handful of BBS systems that are "dial-up" accessable - meaning that you use a dial-up modem to access them. Software to access these systems is also available on our Getting Connected page.

 8)BBS systems you can access today! 8)
Find one of hundreds of BBSes running today using the lists found at The Telnet BBS Guide, BBS Guide or BBS Nexus.

Here's a guide of Telnet Clients to help you get the best experience of Telnet BBS systems.

Windows 2000 and XP users have a built-in Telnet client that works rather well. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users must "turn on" the Telnet client in those operating systems.

OS/2 and Unix (including Linux) users also have built-in Telnet clients. The Telnet client in Linux may not properly display "High ASCII" characters or ANSI colors correctly. Again, use a dedicated Telnet Client to help with your Telnet BBS experience.

These built-in (operating system based) Telnet clients work - but they are not ideal for the full BBS experience. Suggested Telnet clients are listed below. The most highly recommended are mTelnet and SyncTerm. mTelnet is good for OS/2 and Windows, SyncTerm is good for a variety of operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X). Both are freeware.
Telnet Client Software - Windows

Absolute Telnet (Shareware)

NetTerm (Shareware)

SecureCRT (Shareware)

SyncTerm (Freeware)

ZOC (Shareware)
Telnet Client Software - Mac OS X

SyncTerm (Freeware)

The Mac Orchard (various Telnet clients for the Mac)

ZOC (Shareware)

Telnet Client Software - Unix/Linux

SyncTerm (Freeware) -  Net BSD, Solaris, Linux