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I need to do some communication between 8051 micro-controller and PC . There used to be a hyper terminal for this purpose in windows XP. I m using windows 8 now. So can anyone suggest me some equivalent of hyper terminal in windows 8 for the purpose of serial comm. between micro-controller and PC.

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You may use Tera Term. –  Corvus Jan 1 '13 at 7:54
Hyperterminal is usually considered horrible for a variety of reasons. Putty, RealTerm, TeraTerm and a few others are commonly used. –  Gustavo Litovsky Jan 1 '13 at 17:20

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PuTTY, surprisingly enough, can act as a full-featured serial terminal. It supports full-blown VT-102/VT-80 command codes too.
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There is Termite, which is a very nice, no-installation 200K exe:
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Parallax also has a nice serial terminal.
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+1 for PuTTY .. –  jippie Jan 1 '13 at 16:46
+1 for PuTTY; one of the best damn little utilities to ever grace the blackened soul of a machine running Windows. –  akohlsmith Jan 1 '13 at 17:37
PuTTY is a wonderful free program, and source is available too. +1 and kudos. –  Adam Lawrence Jan 1 '13 at 17:40
+1 for PuTTY. A must-have. –  Renan Jan 1 '13 at 18:38
While PuTTY is nice, I far prefer cygwin for my ssh duties. On the other hand, it is a lot less compact. –  Connor Wolf Jan 2 '13 at 12:38

I'll just add TeraTerm in and hTerm in case you're really going low-level, but mainly I use PuTTY.

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RealTerm is also useful program.. enter image description here

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Does RealTerm work on Windows8? –  Swanand Jan 2 '13 at 4:40
RealTerm seems to work on Windows 8 (x64). Initially I had to run as administrator, but at some point something changed and now it works even if I don't run as administrator. –  kaliatech Mar 25 '13 at 15:28

HTerm is a gem!
I highly recommend you give it a try. While not being a pure terminal, it supports some nice features like (optional) concurrent display of Ascii, Hex, Dec and Bin. Its very straightforward to use and consists of a single exe file without any special dependencies.

I've used this on WinXP and Win7 without problems.

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HTerm UI

HTerm UI

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I like Terminal. It has a very easy to use interface, macro capability, and quick graphing tools.

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I use ScriptCommunicator. Because of it's script interface it is extremly flexible and powerful: http://sourceforge.net/projects/scriptcommunicator/

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I generally use RealTerm. However I have had problems sometimes with it locking up in Windows 7, particularly with virtual COM ports like USB.

So I got a copy of HyperTerminal Private Edition, by Hilgraeve Inc. which is the company that wrote the original HyperTerminal for Microsoft. They indicate it works with Windows 7, 8, and Vista. As others have said, it isn't that great a terminal program but it was able to connect to a virtual COM port in Windows 7 on a development board that RealTerm was unable to.

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Save your money and use PuTTY, no problem so far with virtual serial ports with MikroE, Arduino etc. –  zzz Feb 13 '13 at 19:08
I like PuTTY as well, it is my standard program for doing SSH. –  tcrosley Feb 13 '13 at 21:14

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