Glink for Android

Terminal emulator for Android tablets, smartphones, barcode scanners, mobile computers and Chrome devices.

Glink for Android is a fast, efficient and highly functional terminal emulator for connecting Android tablets, smartphones, barcode scanners, mobile computers and Chrome devices to legacy business applications running on IBM, UNIX, AIX, Linux and Bull host systems.

Glink for Android is an App for terminal emulation and communication with host systems. It includes terminal emulations for IBM mainframes, IBM AS400/iSeries, IBM AIX, UNIX, Linux and Bull servers. It uses standard TCP/IP protocols for communications with the host systems, and can secure all protocols with the use Secure Socket Layer (SSL/TLS) encryption. The VT emulation can be secured with SSH protocol. For Bull mainframes, Glink offers the extremely efficient G&R/Ggate protocol in addition to TNVIP and Telnet.

The IBM 5250 emulation, that is used to access applications running on IBM iSeries (AS/400) systems, supports Double Byte Character Sets (DBCS) like Chinese, Japanese and Korean and TN5250 Enhanced Auto Sign-On.

Glink allows you to have multiple concurrent host sessions. They can be any mix of terminal and print sessions, to the same or different hosts and applications. Glink can be configured to automatically connect at start-up. Mapping of physical keys and buttons, configurable hot spots for function keys, numbers, characters and URLs, and a configurable multi-line toolbar where you put frequently used operations, recorded as macros, and function keys makes Glink a very powerful tool.

In Glink for Android we:

  • have carefully ported decades of experience, as well as proven emulation and communication code, from Glink for Windows and Glink for iPad to Android. We have also included the popular and powerful macro feature that all Glink users know and appreciate
  • provide you with reliable terminal emulation software that you install and administrate on the device using techniques that are standard for Android handheld devices
  • open an e-mail Client if you tap-and-hold a finger on an e-mail address
  • support multiple host sessions running concurrently with in-app switching between the sessions
  • support Chrome OS computers
  • support Zebra mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support Honeywell mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support Datalogic mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support Denso mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support Unitech mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support AML mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support CipherLAB mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support Panasonic Toughpad mobile computers and barcode scanner devices
  • support the Socket Mobile barcode scanners
  • support the built-in camera as a barcode scanner
  • support external Bluetooth keyboards and barcode scanners

  • Glink is compliant with the design guidelines for the Android devices. Zooming, scrolling, selection, focus, enabling/disabling of keyboard are implemented the same way as in the browser
  • Hotspots can be configured for function keys, numbers, characters and URLs. For numbers and characters, you can configure Glink to send Enter after the selected number/character
  • Multiple customized toolbars are available from a single or multiline toolbar. Tap the list icon to select the appropriate toolbar
  • Physical keys and buttons can be mapped to macros, function keys and other keys
  • Glink's macro feature minimizes the need for keyboard entry and is a very useful tool for automating logon or frequently used operations involving multiple interaction steps with the host. You can prompt the user for input up front or as you go. The macros are easily assigned to buttons on the toolbar with your customized text
  • Double-tap can be configured to mean Enter or to toggle the display of the Action bar on/off. Normally it resets the screen zooming.

Installation and configuration: Glink for Android is a client App, downloaded from the Google Play Store or G&R's Webshop and installed and configured on each user’s device. The configuration export/import feature allows administrators and power users to prepare customized configurations (including customized toolbars) and distribute them to other devices/users. Access to configurations can optionally be protected with a password.

Glink also supports Managed App Configuration, which allows users to configure Glink remotely through Mobile Device Management (MDM). When Glink is deployed (Managed) from a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system, the Glink configuration can also be completely controlled by the MDM system, making Glink ready for use without any need for configuration by the end user!

Security: Glink for Android supports SSL/TLS for encryption of all host communication. The VT emulation supports SSH for encrypted host communication. Both direct communication with the SSH Daemon and tunneling of the Telnet protocol is supported. Username/password or private keys can be used for authentication. Connection macros can be protected by a password

Print: Glink supports both print screen and printing from the host in all emulations. Either in separate 3270, 5250 or DKU/VIP print sessions or in the terminal session from Unix/Linux hosts and from Bull hosts when the Ggate- or TNVIP- server merges the print into the terminal session. Glink support Bluetooth printing, LPD/LPR printing and printing to Android print services

Glink for Android is now available on the Google Play Store and in G&R's Webshop as four different apps:

  • Glink : Full version that includes all emulations and communication protocols. Glink is used to access applications running on Bull, IBM, DEC, UNIX and Linux host systems. Glink has emulations for the IBM 3270 and 5250 terminals, Bull Questar DKU7107 and DKU7211 terminals, Bull VIP7800, VIP7760 and VIP7700 terminals, and DEC VT420, VT320, VT340, VT220 and VT102 terminals. ANSI 3.64 is supported for general communications work.
  • Glink 3270 : Glink 3270 is used to access applications running on IBM host systems. Glink 3270 emulates all IBM 3270 terminals and uses the TN3270 protocol for communication with the host systems.
  • Glink 5250 : Glink 5250 is used to access applications running on IBM iSeries systems. Glink 5250 emulates all IBM 5250 terminals and uses the TN5250 protocol for communication with the host systems. TN5250 Enhanced Display Auto Sign-On supported.
  • Glink VT : Glink VT is used to access applications running on UNIX, Linux and DEC host systems. Glink VT emulates DEC VT100/220/320/340/420 terminals and uses SSH and/or the Telnet protocol for communication with the host systems.
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