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Date:      Tue, 1 Jul 1997 00:48:10 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Annelise Anderson <>
To:        Marco Molteni <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: How to "telnet" to a DOS pc ?
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On Mon, 30 Jun 1997, Marco Molteni wrote:

> Hi all
> Although a bit off-topic, here you are my question:
> I'd like to be able to control (ie: executing programs on it) a         
> DOS + win3.1 box (let's call it A) via another machine               
> (running FreeBSD or DOS, let's call it B).

Trying to do this--talk to my office computer from home, when it
was running dos/win3.1--was a major factor in my decision to try

There are a number of software packages generally designed to be run
on both the host and the remote--PCAnywhere, LapLink, Close-UP, and
ProComm Plus ("be a host pc") are four of them.  Generally, the 3.1 box
you want to reach (the remote) has to be running the software, usually
from Windows.  Since 3.1 is such a poor multi-tasker, it often gets
hung up; and even a program with a feature to "always reboot on
disconnect" (PCAnywhere has this) will not always work.  You need to
be able to do a hard reboot (power interrupt) remotely (I never
established this capability; it was fairly expensive when I looked into

It is a nightmare.  

Windows 95 has much better capabilities for doing this sort of thing,
especially from NT, but I've not tried it.


> The connection beetween A and B can be ethernet or a more complex one, 
> ie: A - ethernet - gateway - telephone line - B (but I don't think this 
> can be a problem since one can use tcp and netbios over tcp).
> In Unix terms, the DOS pc should allow a sort of rlogin or telnet.
> This is because it happens often that I have to troubleshoot box A, 
> which is at the other end of the building or at the other end of the town.
> Thanks
> Marco Molteni
> Computer Science student at the Universita' di Milano, Italy.
> "The time has come", the Walrus said, "to talk of many things".

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