Which Windows-Based Emulation Product Should I Use?
Technical Note 1939
Last Reviewed 20-Feb-2014
Applies To
Reflection 2014
Reflection for IBM 2014
Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS 2014
Reflection for IBM 2011
Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS 2011
Reflection Standard Suite 2011
EXTRA! X-treme version 9.x
Reflection for HP with NS/VT version 14.x
Reflection for IBM version 14.x
Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS version 14.x
INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Airlines version 9.x
INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Unisys version 9.x

Attachmate offers four Windows-based terminal emulation product families (Reflection 2014, Reflection 14.x, EXTRA! X-treme 9.x, and INFOConnect Enterprise Edition 9.x). This technical note provides general guidance on which product is appropriate for your environment.

Windows Emulation Products

Reflection 2014 is the latest release of Attachmate's next-generation emulation product line for the newest Windows platforms and .NET architecture. (Reflection 2014 is the upgrade path for Reflection 2011.) EXTRA!, Reflection 14.x, and INFOConnect are appropriate for many Windows platforms and technologies that remain in common use today.

For the best product performance and user experience, use the following table to help determine which product family is appropriate for your particular workstation and host environments.

Recommended Product Family
Tablets and other Mobile Devices
Reflection 2014. See Host Access and Mobile Devices, Technical Note 2630.
Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
Reflection 2014
Windows XP or Windows 2000
EXTRA! X-treme 9.x or Reflection 14.x
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Citrix XenApp, VMware ThinApp, Citrix Presentation Server, Citrix MetaFrame, or Windows Terminal Services
Reflection 2014, EXTRA! X-treme 9.x, or Reflection 14.x
Custom application that uses .NET API for host session
Reflection 2014
Custom application with embedded host session as ActiveX control
Reflection 14.x
Other programming APIs, macros, and scripts
See Developer Tools, Technical Note 2183
Legacy host connectivity type, such as DLC
EXTRA! X-treme 9.x or Reflection 14.x
HP e3000 host, NS/VT connectivity
Reflection for HP 14.x (included in Reflection Pro 2014, Reflection 2014, and Reflection Enterprise Suite 2014). See also Technical Note 2715.
Tandem NonStop host (6530)
Reflection 2014 or EXTRA! X-treme 9.x
Unisys host (T27, UTS)
INFOConnect 9.x
Mainframe host running TPF/ALCS (Airlines/Travel)
INFOConnect 9.x

Additional Information

For more information on the products available in each family, see http://www.attachmate.com/Products/Terminal+Emulation/emulation.htm.

Note: This technical note does not address other Attachmate product lines for web-based terminal emulation, X Windows, secure/managed file transfer, or integration. For information on these other product lines, see http://www.attachmate.com/Products/.

Related Technical Notes
1888 Installing Reflection Products to a Windows 2003/Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.x
2183 Developer Tools for Attachmate Products
2418 Installing EXTRA! X-treme or INFOConnect on Citrix XenApp Server as Published Application
2484 Sequencing Reflection 14.x as a Virtual Application with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (App-V)
2514 Sequencing Reflection 2011 as a Virtual Application with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) on Windows 7
2630 Host Access and Mobile Devices
2689 What's in Each Reflection for the Web 2014 Edition?
2715 Which Products include HP Emulation?
9913 Technical Notes for INFOConnect
9967 Technical Notes for Reflection 2014 and 2011
9970 Technical Notes for EXTRA!
9990 Technical Notes for Reflection for HP, UNIX and OpenVMS
9991 Reflection for IBM Technical Notes

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