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Socket Constructor (AddressFamily, SocketType, ProtocolType)

Initializes a new instance of the Socket class using the specified address family, socket type and protocol.

Namespace:  System.Net.Sockets
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)
public Socket(
	AddressFamily addressFamily,
	SocketType socketType,
	ProtocolType protocolType
)

Parameters

addressFamily
Type: System.Net.Sockets.AddressFamily

One of the AddressFamily values.

socketType
Type: System.Net.Sockets.SocketType

One of the SocketType values.

protocolType
Type: System.Net.Sockets.ProtocolType

One of the ProtocolType values.

ExceptionCondition
SocketException

The combination of addressFamily, socketType, and protocolType results in an invalid socket.

The addressFamily parameter specifies the addressing scheme that the Socket class uses, the socketType parameter specifies the type of the Socket class, and the protocolType parameter specifies the protocol used by Socket. The three parameters are not independent. Some address families restrict which protocols can be used with them, and often the Socket type is implicit in the protocol. If the combination of address family, Socket type, and protocol type results in an invalid Socket, this constructor throws a SocketException.

NoteNote

If this constructor throws a SocketException, use the SocketException.ErrorCode property to obtain the specific error code. After you have obtained this code, refer to the Windows Sockets version 2 API error code documentation in the MSDN library for a detailed description of the error.

NoteNote

This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing in the .NET Framework.

The following code example demonstrates how to create an instance of the Socket class.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

public class Sample
{

  public static string DoSocketGet(string server) 
  {
    //Set up variables and String to write to the server.
    Encoding ASCII = Encoding.ASCII;
    string Get = "GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: " + server + 
                 "\r\nConnection: Close\r\n\r\n";
    Byte[] ByteGet = ASCII.GetBytes(Get);
    Byte[] RecvBytes = new Byte[256];
    String strRetPage = null;


    // IPAddress and IPEndPoint represent the endpoint that will 
    //   receive the request. 
    // Get first IPAddress in list return by DNS. 


    try
    {


      // Define those variables to be evaluated in the next for loop and  
      // then used to connect to the server. These variables are defined 
      // outside the for loop to make them accessible there after.
      Socket s = null;
      IPEndPoint hostEndPoint;
      IPAddress hostAddress = null;
      int conPort = 80;

      // Get DNS host information.
      IPHostEntry hostInfo = Dns.GetHostEntry(server);
      // Get the DNS IP addresses associated with the host.
      IPAddress[] IPaddresses = hostInfo.AddressList;

      // Evaluate the socket and receiving host IPAddress and IPEndPoint.  
      for (int index=0; index<IPaddresses.Length; index++)
      {
        hostAddress = IPaddresses[index];
        hostEndPoint = new IPEndPoint(hostAddress, conPort);


        // Creates the Socket to send data over a TCP connection.
        s = new Socket(AddressFamily.InterNetwork, SocketType.Stream, ProtocolType.Tcp );



        // Connect to the host using its IPEndPoint.
        s.Connect(hostEndPoint);

        if (!s.Connected)
        {
          // Connection failed, try next IPaddress.
          strRetPage = "Unable to connect to host";
          s = null;
          continue;
        }

        // Sent the GET request to the host.
        s.Send(ByteGet, ByteGet.Length, 0);


      } // End of the for loop.       



      // Receive the host home page content and loop until all the data is received.
      Int32 bytes = s.Receive(RecvBytes, RecvBytes.Length, 0);
      strRetPage = "Default HTML page on " + server + ":\r\n";
      strRetPage = strRetPage + ASCII.GetString(RecvBytes, 0, bytes);

      while (bytes > 0)
      {
        bytes = s.Receive(RecvBytes, RecvBytes.Length, 0);
        strRetPage = strRetPage + ASCII.GetString(RecvBytes, 0, bytes);
      }


    } // End of the try block. 

    catch(SocketException e) 
    {
      Console.WriteLine("SocketException caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);
    }
    catch(ArgumentNullException e)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("ArgumentNullException caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);
    }
    catch(NullReferenceException e)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("NullReferenceException caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);
    }
    catch(Exception e)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("Exception caught!!!");
      Console.WriteLine("Source : " + e.Source);
      Console.WriteLine("Message : " + e.Message);
    }

    return strRetPage;

}
   public static void Main()
   {
      Console.WriteLine(DoSocketGet("localhost"));
   }
 }

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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