Using telnet as a tool for troubleshooting network port connections

Note that you may need to enable telnet on your workstation (see this Article: How to enable telnet for troubleshooting when CMD reports: “‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command”)

Once you have telnet enabled, follow these steps:

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Type in “telnet <IP ADDRESS OF SERVER PC> <PORT>” and press enter.
  3. For example, you would type “telnet 1521”
  4. If a blank screen appears then the port is open, and the test is successful.
  5. If you receive a connecting… message or an error message then something is blocking that port.  It could be the Windows firewall, a third party firewall like your anti-virus software, or an institutional hardware firewall between the workstation and the server.

Source: Using telnet as a tool for troubleshooting connection problems on hosted Voyager servers – Ex Libris Knowledge Center

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