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Hyperterminal Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $FREE
Description: Free terminal program available in Windows XP, 2000, NT, 98 and other older Windows operating systems.
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W4KYR Rating: 5/5 May 10, 2016 06:58 Send this review to a friend
Jack of all trades terminal program  Time owned: more than 12 months
This handy terminal program was available for free with Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98 and 95 operating systems.

HyperTerminal was the program you used if you just bought a packet TNC and didn't have the proprietary software available to run it.

In fact it will work with most TNC's from the older MFJ 1270, MFJ 1278 models. Classics like the PacComm Tiny II and older and newer AEA/Timewave PK-232 models. It will also work older and current Kantronics models. It will also work with the Kenwood THD-7AG, THD-72, D700 & D710.

"Kiss only" TNC's such as the newer TNC-X (MFJ-1270X) need something like the AGW Packet Engine. (There is a free how to video on YouTube).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEWBIE INFORMATION~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So you just bought a TNC from some Hamfest and want to get it connected up to your computer and get on Packet Radio tonight...

If you have an older computer with a serial port, you just need to connect the TNC to the computer & power it on. (One of the advantages of holding on to older computers)

If you have an newer computer, you need an Serial to USB adapter. Most would recommend getting an adapter that uses FTDI chipset and drivers.

Accessing HyperTerminal is pretty straight forward.

Click >Start
Click >Programs
Click >Accessories
Click >Communications
Click >HyperTerminal

Depending on which HyperTerminal version you have. It might ask you for an area code before you can go further. Put in whatever, use 212 for the area code or hit cancel.

This should bring you up to 'Connection Description'.

It will ask you to enter a name. Type in your TNC Model Number. >Example "MFJ 1278"

Click an icon > Any one.

Click > OK

It will bring you to the next window called "Connect to"

Select Com 1 (if you have your TNC connected there)

If you have an Serial to USB adapter, it might not be COM1 but something else like "COM 7".

Next Window is "Com 1 Properties"
Port Settings

Try these settings

Bits per second ~ 2400
Data Bits ~ 8
Parity ~ None
Stop Bits ~ 1
Flow Control ~ None

The above is pretty generic for most TNC's. If you need to change anything, lower the bits per second and change flow control to hardware if the above doesn't work.

Hit Apply and OK

And it will bring you to your main HyperTerminal window and now turn on your TNC and click > ENTER a few times and it should give you the firmware info upon boot

(And other information such as version and firmware date)

If you don't see that, then change the bits per second and/or flow control.

Some TNC's will have you enter a (*) instead.

If that doesn't work.
Click > File
Click > Properties
Click > Settings

Change "Emulation" from Auto Detect to VT 100

That should work, if not look at the TNC manual and check settings according to what the manual says. Most of the time the settings are pretty generic.


If you want to save it to desktop. After saving it, go into communications & then HyperTerminal. Look for the HyperTerminal Window you just saved. Right click on it and select shortcut to desktop.
Note: On my Windows NT 4.0 machine it will not let you create a shortcut to desktop. No big deal, just be aware of it.

Hint: You can setup different HyperTerminal settings for different TNC's. If you have an MFJ 1278 TNC, you can also set up a Hyperterminal setting for a PK-232 TNC, and another for say a PacComm Tiny 2. You are not limited to just one TNC HyperTerminal setting.

YouTube is a great source for all sorts of information, check there for HyperTerminal setups. There are even Packet Radio Training Videos that will help you.

Finally, if you have a newer computer that does not have HyperTerminal. Don't worry, you can use PuTTY or TerraTerm.

Google this > "So You Want To Learn Packet" (by Neat Circuits) for very good information that expands on all of this. That site also gives instructions on where to download and set up PuTTY if your computer did not come with HyperTerminal.


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