Browser terminals are a mode of web applications used by terminals. Traditional terminal experiences can consist of 3 270, 5250, VT 220 and ORAC/DVI type terminals. One traditional way of providing terminals with browser-based applications is to run an emulator on the client end systems which connect directly to either a network server using a TCP/IP port connection or to a browser using a HTML/GMP connection. This option provides the application and browser to interact with each other in the form of a virtual computer.
Many corporate organizations today are implementing browser terminals as a way to provide employees with online access. In this case, the corporation may be paying for the online access via software purchased from the vendor or being provided as part of a free flow of services provided with the company through their employer. The latter option provides the employer with the ability to implement and manage web based applications within the company framework and in addition to the standard workplace communications. If the organization decides to implement a true browser terminal, then they would be required to purchase a hardware device to connect to the emulated browser. This hardware device could be anything from a basic personal computer running Windows to modern day tablets and smartphones.
The browser terminals emulate web browsers using a virtual machine. Virtual machines can be made up of anything from an operating system, to hardware, to a web browser plugins. The virtual machine is what runs the application and it is what connects the applications to each other and the rest of the system. A virtual terminal can run anything from Windows, Linux, UNIX, or other modern day platforms.
Most modern terminals emulators support many different input and output devices such as USB, serial, parallel, network and digital media mouse and keyboard. Many terminals also have a wealth of features including multi-touch support, web browser based interface and a host of built in applications. A wide range of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and many others can be installed through the use of browser based software. These terminals can also support Secure Shell (SSH) allowing remote servers to access a workstation by connecting through the internet.
Browser terminals can either be used as stand alone terminals, which run on their own host legacy system using sockets, or as embedded devices within a commercial enterprise server using sockets. Embedded terminals can either be built into a host legacy system or designed to use a hypervisor, which partitions the system into two or more independent and distinct components. One of the most popular embedded terminal solutions is the software embedded system. This solution separates the browser based application from the operating system and provides for easy porting of applications to other host systems or embedded containers.
The modern web-based terminal emulators are highly efficient and provide for a fast and convenient method of working with terminal based applications. Modern browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Firefox are highly compatible with the majority of embedded application software. There are now also hundreds of free browser based terminal emulators available for download on the internet. To increase productivity and efficiency it is often worthwhile installing and using browser based terminal emulators within a business organization.
An x browser based terminal-emulator is an accelerated version of the traditional DOS-based terminal emulator. The modern web-based terminal-emulator is able to emulate a variety of input/output devices such as a keyboard, mouse, trackball, joystick, USB mouse, scanners, printers, wireless modems, image scanners and much more. The most common use for browser terminal emulators within a business organization is for web browsing. A web browser is commonly used to access a web server from a remote location, view and control all of the sites that the site owner wants to visit, access the internet via wireless networks and to perform administrative functions on the company’s network.
One of the main benefits of using browser terminal emulators in a business organization is that it can reduce the costs of technical support provided by IT personnel. These terminal application terminals are equipped with special software that allows the operator to perform simple operations without needing to have an IT professional help them. One of the biggest problems that companies have nowadays is the cost of maintaining their networks. Not only do they need to pay for the servers that host their websites, but there is also a cost associated with paying for new upgrades to the IT network as well. Replacing older equipment with brand new ones can add up fast.
Browser terminal emulators can provide the company with many benefits. By using one of these devices, the company will be able to eliminate a substantial amount of the IT staff that would otherwise be needed to maintain the website. Browser terminal emulators can be found at several different price ranges depending on the size of the device and the number of features that it includes.