What is Telnet? | How to Enable Telnet on Windows 10

The Telnet protocol is capable of remotely managing network devices or computers over LAN or WAN. It is still popular today because it was one of the first protocols used with the launch of the Internet in 1969.

How to Enable Telnet on Windows 10

What is Telnet?

Telnet is an abbreviation of “teletype network”, “terminal network” or “telecommunications network”.

This protocol is used to configure remote hosts. So, for example, you use Serial Cable to initial configure a Cisco Router, and after you enable this protocol, you can configure it remotely from a local or remote network without being near this device.

You can configure all network devices using the TCP/IP protocol with this protocol. In addition, a user name and password are required when connecting to a remote device.

When you transfer data with this protocol, it is an unsafe protocol because of your data sends as Clear Text. Instead of using Telnet over the network, SSH protocol is preferred.

How to Use it?

To use telnet, it must first be enabled on a host to be managed. After you enable it, you can easily connect to your remote host via the TCP 23 port with Command Prompt (CMD).

There are two different structures to use/configure the Telnet protocol. These; Server and Client. If you configure a server, you must install or activate the Client service to connect to it remotely.

After the definition of Telnet, now let’s examine how to use Telnet in Windows 10.

In this article, after enabling Telnet Client, we will provide a connection to the active Telnet Server on the ADSL Router.

How to Use Telnet in Windows 10

You can easily enable and use it on Microsoft Win XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 operating systems.

Follow the steps below to activate/install Telnet Client.

   Step 1

Right-click on the Start menu, and then click Programs and Features.

Programs and Features

   Step 2

In the Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.

Turn Windows Features on or off

   Step 3

When the Windows features open or close window opens, select the Telnet Client option.

Selecting Client

   Step 4

After selecting the Client option, press the OK button.

Installing Client

   Step 5

Applying changes to your system …

Applying Changes

   Step 6

After installing the service, click on the Close button.

Windows Completed the Requested Changes

   Step 7

Open the Run by pressing the Windows Key + R together, type “cmd” and press the Enter key. After running the CMD prompt, type “telnet” at the command prompt and press Enter to start this service.

CMD Command Prompt

   Step 8

After you see the welcome message, you can see that it works successfully.

Welcome to Microsoft Telnet Client

   Step 9

Now, type O (o) at the CMD prompt to connect to the ADSL Router on the local area network and press Enter.

Microsoft Teletype Network

   Step 10

Type your default gateway IP address to access the ADSL Modem and press Enter.

Entering IP Address

   Step 11

When you look at the image below, you can see a successful connection to an ADSL router using CMD.

TP-LINK COMMAND-LINE Interface

How to Enable it using CMD

Another way to enable this service is to use the CMD command prompt. You can enable or disable it by using the CMD command prompt.

The DISM command is used on the CMD to activate the client. Execute the command below to install Telnet with CMD on the Windows operating system.

dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

 
dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

How to Disable it using CMD

Use the following command to disable/remove Telnet.

dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

 
dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

How to Use it on PC ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to configure the teletype network on your computer and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

   Final Word


In this article, we have defined the Telnet protocol used to manage remote devices in Windows operating systems and then enabled it. Thanks for following us!

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