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Some History (and links if you are interested in more history):

Traditionally you could connect to a BBS by dialing in using a terminal program. That was during the days of Dial-Up modems and before the ubiquitous nature of Broadband Internet. Nowadays, the modern incarnation of the Bulletin Board System allows people to connect to them over a Telnet connection. If you were to telnet from an older Windows platform (like Win2000 or WinXP), you might see all of the ANSI Characters correctly (specifically Code Page 437). But, things don't look quite as pretty when telnetting from Window Vista, 7, or 8 natively. The support for Code Page 437 (the old IBM characters) is so poor that you won't see anything the way it was meant to be seen. So, what do you do to see it all correctly?

To get the best experience, you can use the Flash Based or HTML5 based terminal emulators installed on this web site, or download your own compatible terminal program:

Web-based clients (easy to use, no install necessary just click the links below)

Program Name & Link
Supports X/Y/Z Modem Protocol
ftelnet by R&M Software
Adobe Flash Plugin, Port 843 open
YModem-G Only
Flash Based, supports telnet and rlogin
(RIP support is broken),
port 843 is not typically blocked
New HTMLTerm by R&M Software
(aka, My ftelnet)
HTML 5 capable browser, Port 8000 open
YModem-G Only
HTML 5 Based, supports telnet and rlogin
(RIP support is in development),
port 8000 may be blocked by certain firewalls
so you can try alt proxies on 223 or 1123,
includes an emulated keyboard for input
(this works well for Phones and Tablets)
HTMLTerm Proxy
by R&M Software
HTML 5 capable browser, works on port 80
(works on even VERY restrictive firewalls)
YModem-G Only
HTML 5 Telnet proxy (hosted by R&M Software)
Works on port 80 so it is firewall friendly.
Bounces through a proxy in New Jersey.
Includes an emulated keyboard for input
(this works well for Phones and Tablets)

Stand-alone clients for various operating systems (Syncterm is hands-down the best)

Program Name & Link
Operating Systems
Supports X/Y/Z Modem Protocol
Alternate Links
Syncterm Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OS-X, Solaris/SPARC X, Y, and Z-Modem Local FTP Copy for Win32 N/A
mTelnet Windows, OS/2 Z-Modem Local FTP Copy for Win32 N/A
NetRunner Windows, Linux (Older Version: OSX, Raspberry Pi) Z-Modem N/A N/A
AbsoluteTelnet Windows X, Y, and Z-Modem N/A Full scripting using VBScript
Demo and Lite versions are free.
Professional version is $49.95.
Also has tabbed sessions
PuTTY Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OS-X None Portable Version (Win32) Fix Settings with:
Remote Character=CP437,
set Terminal-type to ANSI-BBS,
AND Font=Terminal
or Lucida Console
Le Putty Windows Z-Modem Sourceforge Download Page Fork of PuTTY with Z-Modem
Terminator Linux, OSX None echicken's set-up
Multiple terminals in one window
Qodem Windows, Linux (X11) X, Y, and Z-Modem, and Kermit GitHub Code Qodem is an open-source
re-implementation of the
DOS-era Qmodem
It supports CP437 (PC VGA),
VT100 DEC, VT220,
and many other character sets.
Supports serial port, telnet,
ssh, rlogin, raw socket.
ANSI Terminal Mobile Android None Developer's Site $1.00 on the Play Store
iSSH (defunct) iOS none Local FTP Copy I have no iOS Devices,
but saved a local copy of this
now defunct application.
Apparently it was one of the
best iOS clients out there until
iOS 8 broke the interface.
PocketPuTTY (defunct) PPC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003, WM5, WM6 none Local FTP Copy

Developer's Site
CP437 support
On the BBS Side, you must manually
set your Screen Length to 24
zaTelnet (defunct) Windows Mobile 2003, WM5, WM6 none Local FTP Copy No CP437 support, but CP866 is close.
On the BBS Side, you must manually
set your Terminal Type to ANSI.

Note: For an exhaustive list of Terminal Clients, you can click here

For ANSI Color fixes, check this info.