The Kermit Project
8 February 2000
The Internet Kermit Service (IKS) is similar to traditional FTP service, but with several key differences:
No particular type of terminal emulation is required (or used).
Various commercial shareware, and freeware, communication software packages fall into one category or the other, some into both, and others into neither.
For best results, use C-Kermit, Kermit 95, or MS-DOS Kermit from the Kermit Project at Columbia University, since these can take full advantage of the IKS in terms of both performance and functionality.
telnet kermit.columbia.edu 1649
or invoking C-Kermit from the UNIX shell:
kermit -J kermit.columbia.edu 1649
If you want to make a client/server connection, first make sure your communications software has a SET HOST command and a REMOTE LOGIN command. Then use the SET HOST command rather than TELNET; this makes the connection without also entering the terminal screen:
set host kermit.columbia.edu 1649
You can also access the IKS indirectly through a terminal server or other Telnet-capable device or host to which you have dialup access. First use your communications software to dial the appropriate number; e.g. using C-Kermit:
set modem type usrobotics set line /dev/cua0 set speed 57600 dial 7654321
Once the call is complete, enter the terminal emulator if necessary (e.g. with Kermit's CONNECT command), and then engage in any dialog required to make a Telnet connection to the IKS, e.g.:
Welcome to XYZ Corp's Terminal Server xyz_ts> telnet kermit.columbi