Telnet is a network protocol that allows a user on one computer to log on to another computer or network devices such as routers that is part of the same network. This protocol uses TCP/IP to connect to remote computer or network devices. It is a tool also to check if you can connect browsing problems that you might encounter in some websites. On the Web, HTTP and FTP protocols allow you to request specific files from remote computers, but not to actually be logged on as a user of that computer. With Telnet, you log on as a regular user with whatever privileges you may have been granted to the specific application and data on that computer.
In Windows 8, Telnet is by default disabled for some security reason. So how do we enable Telnet then? Below is a step by step on how to do this.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Click on Uninstall or Change a Program.
3. Click on Turn Windows Features On or Off.
4. Click on Telnet Client and Telnet Server.
5. Telnet will be installed.
6. You can then access telnet from the command prompt by typing “telnet” without the quotes. Example: telnet www.website.com