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Details about the IBM Personal Communications product

Ease communication and networking for host terminals

IBM® Personal Communications is a host communication and terminal emulation package for Microsoft™ Windows™. Now with full 64-bit architecture, it features virtual terminal (VT) emulation and systems network architecture (SNA) application support and provides a platform to access data and applications on different host systems. It is a component of IBM Host Access Client Package (HACP) and IBM Host Integration Solution.

Enhancements include:

  • Full 64-bit product enables HACP server to save configurations and rapidly download updates
  • Host on Demand replaces browser on local machine and removes need to download JRE

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Unify host access Replace outdated, disparate communication tools with one solution for access to mainframe applications and data.
Secure your network Make your security tough to crack with support for Transport Layer Security 1.2 (TLS) with FIPS. Use the latest and more secured versions of IBM Java® Runtime Environment and IBM Global Security Kit.
Optimize network investments Protect current and future investments with Microsoft Visual Basic automation objects and VBScript—and extensive application programming interface (API) support.
Boost productivity
Take advantage of productivity tools such as Scratch Pad, Quick Connect, Find Text and copy-paste options to augment the usability of the original green screen application.

Host communication and networking details

Full 64-bit architecture eases management tasks The 64-bit enhancements make it easier to manage the environment from the Host Access Client Package server to save configurations and rapidly download updates. And the Managed HOD environment replaces the browser on the local machine and removes the need to download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
Platform-independent solution Includes Stand-alone Host on-Demand (HOD) client application, a Java® based stand-alone version of IBM Host on-Demand emulator—making it a platform-independent application solution for host access. It handles a wide variety of protocols, including ISDN, High-Performance Routing (HPR), SNA, TN3270(e), TN5250, and IP. Provides SNA interfaces for logical unit applications (LUA), advanced program-to-program communications (APPC) and common programming interface for communications (CPI-C) on Windows.
Enhanced security Connects to security-enabled servers with support for load-balancing Service Location Protocol (SLP). Includes Bypass Signon Using Password Substitution, Kerberos Services Ticket Auto-Signon, and Certificate Express Logon. Allows the client/server negotiation over GSKIT secure channel using certificates. Offers a secure FTP client.
Developer support Enables you to capitalize on existing investments and extend applications to web-based technologies. IBM Personal Communications offers application programming interface (API) support—including Emulator High-Level Language Applications Programming Interface (EHLLAPI), through programming languages such as C++ and IBM Java Runtime Environment. Remote API Client is now packaged to connect to a host over SNA in a 64-bit environment.
Time-saving utilities Boosts troubleshooting efficiency with debug tools such as Trace utility. Provides multilingual support, including double-byte character set (DBCS) languages, euro sign support, and extensive keyboard and code-page support. The product includes the option to print from display or printer sessions and provides a print preview option of collected screens should you want to proceed with printing or abort and collect different screens.

Technical details

To learn more about IBM Personal Communications software and hardware requirements, visit:

Software Product Compatibility Reports 

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Most purchase IBM Personal Communications in one of these products:
IBM Host Access Client Package (HACP)
Provides flexibility to access host applications through a local client or the web. 
IBM Rational Host Integration Solution
 A complete host access and modernization solution for multiple environments.
IBM Host Access Transformation Services (HATS)
Reuse and transform your existing terminal applications.
IBM Host on Demand (HOD)
Security-rich browser access to host applications and data.

Expert resources to help you succeed
Get information about how to maintain and use the product.
Learn more about product support options.

How to get in touch
Call: 1-866-261-3023
Priority code: IBM Z

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Modified date:
25 April 2022