Asynchronous Terminal Emulation (ATE) enables a terminal to emulate a remote system. With ATE the user can connect to most systems that support asynchronous terminals. ATE makes the remote system see a terminal either as a system's display or as a DEC VT100 terminal. The VT100 option allows the user to log in to systems that do not support their terminal, but do support VT100 terminals.
ATE uses both direct (cabled) and modem connections to communicate between the user's system and a remote system. The user can use ATE to connect either to a system in the next room or to a system across the country. For a direct connection, the user must know the port to use on their system. For a modem connection, the user must know the port to use on their system and the telephone number of the remote system. The user must also have a login ID and password on the remote system.
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