Contents of this page:
- What do I need to use the BNS for E-mail and Internet access?
- How do I connect the BNS to the Modem?
- What is the difference between Braille Term and V-Term?
- How do I install Braille Term or V-Term on the BNS?
- What program do I use for E-Mail?
This document provides basic information on how to the Blazie Engineering family of note-takers to use E-mail or connect to the Internet. The Blazie note-takers include Braille n’ Speak, Type n’ Speak, and Braille Lite. BNS will be used through out this document to represent any of the devices. This is not a curriculum (although that may come in the future).
What do I need to use the BNS for E-mail and Internet access?
- Telephone Line
- Modem - a device that allows computers to send and receive information over telephone lines. Cost is between $75 - $150.
- BNS Serial cable
- Null Modem adapter - one was included in the serial interface kit supplied with your BNS. It has a male connector on one side and a female connector on the other (note: if it has a little hole on the top or bottom it is the Tweedle-dump and not the null-modem). If one is not available, it can be purchased inexpensively at most any computer store.
- BrailleTerm or V-Term software - telecommunication software for the BNS from Blazie Engineering. The software helps the BNS connect with the modem and interact with Internet services. The cost for each is Braille Term - $99 and V-Term - $49. (note: you will need a BNS diskdrive to install this software on your BNS)
- Internet Service Provider (ISP) - look in the yellow pages "COMPUTERS-ONLINE SERVICES" for a provider in your area. Cost is $10-$20 per month (shop around)
- Shell Account or Dial-up Access- provided by an ISP. A shell account provides text (non-graphic, non-Windows) access to the Internet through a host computer. Shell accounts usually provide a menu of services (E-mail, World Wide Web, file management, etc.)
How do I connect the BNS to the Modem?
The steps for connecting the cable and null modem to the modem are as follows:
- Connect the small end of the serial cable to the BNS
- Connect the female end of the null modem to the large male end of the serial cable
- Connect the male end of the null modem directly to the modem or to the serial cable of the modem.
What is the difference between Braille Term and V-Term?
From the Braille Term Manual:
Not only can BRAILLE TERM store information for an unlimited number of online services--limited only by your units' memory, but it supports all the upload and download protocols in your unit along with an external Z-MODEM protocol. It has a terminal mode, for emulating a VT100 terminal to a remote computer, and a review mode for examining the screen in detail. A full featured macro language is built into it as well. Other features like session logging, chat mode and a file viewer are also built into this program. Through the use of macros and definable keys, it is possible to fully customize Braille Term to your personal tastes.
From the V-Term section in the Blazie Catalog:
Any cyber-surfer will welcome this, a full VT-100 emulation program developed especially for Blazie notetakers. Your access to on-line services and the Internet has just opened considerably wider! (Full VT-100 emulation is required by some e-mail programs, such as Pine and Elm, and others.)
Look at just some of what you get:
- Full VT-100 emulation for all keystrokes and cursor keys
- Voice inflection denotes Web hyperlinks
- Cursor tracking toggle for quick flicks between reading and editing modes
- Full support for all functions of Pine and Elm
- Facilities for entering control characters and function keys
- Instructions for first-time modem users
How do I install Braille Term or V-Term on the BNS?
Install Braille Term or V-Term on the BNS using the portable disk drive
- Attach diskdrive to BNS
- Insert the appropriate disk
- Enter "o-chord" on BNS - option
- Enter "f" - file commands
- Enter "t-chord" - file transfer
- Enter "r" - receive file
- Enter file name "brlterm.bns" for Braille Term or "vt100.bns" for V-Term
- Enter "4,6-chord" - enter key
- The file will be installed in the BNS's memory
What program do I use for E-Mail?
The most common text based E-mail program available on Shell Accounts is called Pine. There are several tutorials and user guides available on the World Wide Web at the following addresses.