AlphaCom3 Terminal Emulator
Alphacom has a newer version of this that includes SSH support,
Linux terminal emulation and more. I plan a full review later but I
can tell you now that I REALLY like this product.
Omnicom Technologies, Inc (http://www.omnicomtech.com) offers
an inexpensive ($25 per user, volume discounts available) terminal
emulator which is very suitable for unix and Linux systems .
I downloaded this and their AlphaLPD product from their web
site, but found that it was unnecessary to download the LPD program
as the terminal emulator already includes it. Apparently Omnicom
had sufficient requests for just the Windows LPD server that they
decided to offer it separately; if you are downloading the terminal
emulator don't bother with this.
The emulator handles RS232, modem and telnet connections. A nice
feature is that once you have made a connection to a particular
host or telephone number, you can do a "Save As" and that icon will
remember the number or host when it is executed again. Multiple
windows can be open at the same time, including serial and telnet
connections concurrently. You can cascade or tile the multiple
sessions or just arrange them as you want. Each session can be
individually configured for fonts and color preferences, etc.
The only terminal types supported are SCOANSI, VT100, DUMB,
ANSI132X42, WYSE60 and WYSE60-25, but that's more than enough for
most SCO installations. My testing indicates that the emulations
are correct, even for some of the tougher and more demanding
programs that many of the less expensive emulators fail to work
with. For example, I used the Wyse60 emulation with Mas90 and with
Filepro; both worked perfectly (and have not with some of the other
low priced emulators).
It's unusual for a low priced product to include LPD support,
and while this is less necessary with Visionfs printing (see
VisionFs Printing), it is
nonetheless a nice feature to have.
I especially appreciated the simplicity of this product. I've
had recent experience with Procomm, which used to be a very nice,
straight forward product, but has now turned into an unwieldy
monster offering every communications method in every possible
variation, and therefore has become completely confusing. This, by
contrast, offers just the basics, and is simple and obvious to
As you get a 30 day evaluation period with the download, I'd say
this is definitely worth looking at. It may not have all the
features and capabilities of the more expensive packages like
ICE-TCP and ICE-TEN ( see ICE-TEN
and ICE OFF-SITE), but it is a quarter of the price and may
very well have all the features you actually need.
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