MS-DOS Kermit Specifications


IBM PC 8088 or above, or compatible, running DOS 2.0 or later or Microsoft Windows 3.x or earlier, with a serial port, modem, or network adapter. Requires between about 160K and 400K to run, depending on options selected.

MS-DOS Kermit is a Windows-aware DOS program. It has a text-mode, not graphical, user interface. Under Windows, it can run in a window or full-screen and it can execute in the background; for example, transferring files while you are using some other application in the foreground. While it is recommended for Windows 3.x or earlier, it is not recommended for Windows 95 or NT, for a which a native Kermit program is available, Kermit 95.

Communication Methods

Serial connections are supported for COM1-COM4 at speeds up to at least 57,600 bps; RTS/CTS hardware flow control is available for use with high-speed modems. Support for buffered UARTs, Hayes ESP, and Fossil drivers. Automatic modem dialing scripts are included for Hayes, Telebit, US Robotics, Practical Peripherals, and many other modems, and there is an easy-to-use dialing directory.

Network connections include TCP/IP (built-in, with up to six concurrent sessions), AT&T StarLAN / StarGROUP, DEC PATHWORKS (LAT and CTERM connections), NETBIOS, IBM LANACS, Novell NASI/NACS, Novell LWP TELAPI, 3COM BAPI, Beame & Whiteside TCP/IP, Intel OpenNET, Ungermann Bass Net/One, Interconnections TES, Meridian Technology SuperLAT, as well as BIOS Interrupt 14 support for externally-established network connections. TCP/IP connections require a packet driver (Ethernet or SLIP class) or an ODI driver, and can coexist with Novell IPX connections. NOTE: MS-DOS Kermit is not a Winsock client.

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Terminal Emulation

MS-DOS Kermit's terminal emulations include DEC VT320 and VT220 (international models), VT102, VT100, VT52, Data General DASHER D463 and D470 (and D217 in version 3.15), Wyse-50, Heath/Zenith-19, plus Tektronix 4014 and Sixel graphics. Terminal emulation features include screen rollback, capture, copy, and print; 132-column mode; horizontal scrolling; key mapping and macros; comprehensive character-set support; a compose key for entering accented letters; color text and graphics; much more.

File Transfer

MS-DOS Kermit offers the fastest and most advanced Kermit file transfer protocol implementation available for DOS or Windows 3.x. It also provides easy access to external protocols, and allows unguarded capture and transmission of text files.

Kermit Protocol features include long packets, sliding windows, dynamic packet length, locking shifts, control-character "unprefixing," and international character-set conversion for Western and Eastern European languages, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and Japanese. And, new to version 3.14, file transfer recovery for interrupted binary-mode transfers.

Automation Features

Automation features include autodownload and autoupload, command macros, command files, and a powerful, easy-to-use script programming language complete with variables, functions, loops, and so on.

CLICK HERE for a list of the new features of MS-DOS Kermit 3.14.

CLICK HERE for a list of the new features of MS-DOS Kermit 3.15.

CLICK HERE for a list of the new features of MS-DOS Kermit 3.16 (which was never formally released).