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Terminal Type and Configuration

Explanation of Terms

Winet comes with seven (7) terminal emulation programs: VTx00, 3270, 5250, T27, Uts60, HP, D211 (not all of them will be unlocked by your licence file). We like to call these the 7 different families of terminal emulators. Each program can be loaded with a configuration to specify some settings for this family to more closely emulate a certain old hardware terminal or to fit function key requirements of a specific application on the mainframe (or Unix server host).

E.g.: InetVTx00 comes with configurations to emulate VT100, VT220, VT300, ANSI, SCO-ANSI and a Linux console.

The title bar (top blue bar) of each emulator will display first the name of the Inet terminal emulation program and next the name of the active configuration.

Mostly when we talk of terminal type, we refer to the string (name) passed by telnet to the remote host (mainframe, server or Unix box), telling it which terminal you are using. This name will affect what type of instructions the host will send to your terminal and what it will expect of your terminal. The terminal type is a string that identifies the model of the terminal. The terminal type is one of the settings saved in a configuration and you may change it as required.

Depending on your Unix (or other) host, you might want to set the terminal type to something like vt220, VT100, ansi, ANSI or sco-ansi or whatever. (Unix is case sensitive.) A few popular options are listed in the drop down box under the Setup | Telnet | Terminal Type option in your terminal emulator, but you may also manually edit the strings as required.

You can easily create your own custom configurations by using the File | Save As option in your terminal emulator. You may have an unlimited number of configurations for each terminal emulator on your PC, connecting to the same or to different hosts (mainframes).

The configuration is used as a key in the registry to store all the settings for the emulator. The configuration to use is specified with the /t=configuration command line option in each short cut.

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Winet 6.40 Released

Unicode Support

3270, 5250 and VTx00 now support Unicode fonts for display and printing of all available glyphs.

3270 Enhancements

3270 support for viewing configurable number of history screens. Copying from and printing of a history screen is possible.

VTx00 Enhancements

  • VTx00 can be configured as a UTF-8 terminal.
  • VT double height/double width characters supported.
  • VT code pages properly implemented.
  • Many more sequences implemented and all sequences documented.


Improvements for better handling of colors, overlays and devices like mobile phones and tablets.

Winet 6.34 Released

Windows 7 Compatible

While it is true that the news has not been updated for five years, development has been going ahead all the time.

Apart from many bug fixes and minor improvements, the following features, listed in time order, have been added:

  • Macro recording and assigning interfaces. It is now much easier to create macros, and a simple interface offers you many ways to play them back.
  • A custom drop-down menu has been added for your own definitions.
  • Hotspots for 3270 terminals: An interface is provided to switch on various hot spots on your 3270 terminals, as well as to create your own custom ones. Previously it was only available via scripts.
  • New Tools menu item – New user interface to view/edit the toolbar items.
  • Added Right-Click functions to many terminal facilities.
  • Support Windows 7 including 64 bit version.
  • New HTML based Help system.
  • Inet true-type fonts: InetCons and InetCourier including South African language symbols.
  • New menu item “File>Create Shortcut”
  • Http proxy connections.
  • New interface to select special characters.
  • 3270: Natural Report Download.  Natural file uploads can handle both ANSI and UTF-8 encoded files.
  • Multiple translation tables with user interface. Translation table 4 implements IBM EBCDIC CodePage 037 using ANSI CodePage 1252. Translation table 5 implements IBM CodePage 1047 using ANSI CodePage 1252
  • Latest OpenSSL version 1.0.0d

Winet 6.06 Released

Some new features and improvements:

  • InetFont now has larger fonts optimized for 1024×768 screens.
  • Many improvements have been made to the 3270 and 5250 ranges of terminal emulators.
  • The FTP client has been expanded with support for more types of servers and internal mget and mput commands.
  • More script examples are included.
  • Expanded Help facility.
  • Printing from the terminal emulators now possible via script/automation (see PrintScreen.bas).
  • Improved graphical display of keyboard mappings.