Virtel Web Access

The NWRDC now offers SysperTech’s Virtel Web Access application. This product allows our mainframe customers easy 3270 access to the NWRDC with a modern browser as the only requirement.

Virtel Web Access is a 3270 Terminal Emulator that is a fully functional direct replacement for thick client solutions like Hummingbird, Host Explorer, Attachmate or PC-COM.

We are offering Virtel Web Access at no additional cost. Thus enabling our customers to save money and headaches by removing the need for costly thick clients and the ongoing maintenance and hardware upgrades that they require.

We view this product as being particularly useful to those customers who access the NWRDC mainframe on an occasional basis such as users of the Florida Department of Education’s application suite.

Any device that supports a modern browser and HTTPS can securely access the 3270 applications available on the NWRDC mainframe.

Implementation Details:

  • Personalization options (keyboard re-mapping and FTP options) are saved as browser-cookies and are maintained between sessions on a browser-by-browser basis.
    • May be subject to loss when a cookie cleanup action is initiated.  Options may be exported to a local file before the cookie cleanup then imported after cleanup.
    • Some browsers support add-on’s that preserve designated cookies.
  •  Choice between 3270 models is made as part of the connection process. Virtel supports the normal 3270 device types: Mod2(24x80), Mod3(32x80), Mod4(43x80) and Mod5(27x132).
  • Some browsers require setting modifications for Cut and Paste operations between Virtel and non-browser applications. Microsoft Internet Explorer is permitted by default, both Chrome and Firefox require an extension/add-on and Microsoft Edge only works within its current tab.
    • To add the Virtel WebAccess Extender for Chrome enter in Chrome and click “+ Add to Chrome”.  After adding the Extension enter chrome://extensions in the address bar and press <Enter>.  Find the extension named Virtel WebAccess Extender and click options.  A new tab should open with the title Virtel WebAccess Extender Options.  For the Copy/Paste Settings ensure “Allow copy/paste operations” is checked and that “for all domains” is checked or “for these domains only” is checked and the URL is entered.
    • To add the Virtel Web Access Add-on to Firefox enter  in Firefox and click “+ Add to Firefox”.  After adding the Extension enter about:addons in the address bar and press <Enter>.  Click “Extensions” on the left.  Find the extension named Virtel WebAccess Add-on and click “More”.  A new page opens titled Virtel WebAccess Add-on….  In the box for Authorized domains enter* and click “Refresh”.

Click here for URL links (mainframe ID and password is required)