Socket.Connect Method (IPAddress, Int32)
Establishes a connection to a remote host. The host is specified by an array of IP addresses and a port number.
Assembly: System (in System.dll)
addresses is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).
The port number is not valid.
An error occurred when attempting to access the socket. See the Remarks section for more information.
The Socket has been closed.
The length of address is zero.
This method is typically used immediately after a call to GetHostAddresses, which can return multiple IP addresses for a single host. If you are using a connection-oriented protocol such as TCP, the Connect method synchronously establishes a network connection between LocalEndPoint and the specified remote endpoint. If you are using a connectionless protocol, Connect establishes a default remote host. After you call Connect you can send data to the remote device with the Send method, or receive data from the remote device with the Receive method.
If you are using a connectionless protocol such as UDP, you do not have to call Connect before sending and receiving data. You can use SendTo and ReceiveFrom to synchronously communicate with a remote host. If you do call Connect any datagrams that arrive from an address other than the specified default will be discarded. If you want to set your default remote host to a broadcast address, you must first call the SetSocketOption method and set the socket option to SocketOptionName.Broadcast, or Connect will throw a SocketException. If you receive 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.
Connect method will block, unless you specifically set the Blocking property to false prior to calling Connect. If you are using a connection-oriented protocol like TCP and you do disable blocking, Connect will throw a SocketException because it needs time to make the connection. Connectionless protocols will not throw an exception because they simply establish a default remote host. You can use SocketException.ErrorCode 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. If the error returned WSAEWOULDBLOCK, the remote host connection has been initiated by a connection-oriented Socket, but has not yet completed successfully. Use the Poll method to determine when the Socket is finished connecting.
If you are using a connection-oriented protocol and did not call Bind before calling Connect, the underlying service provider will assign the local network address and port number. If you are using a connectionless protocol, the service provider will not assign a local network address and port number until you complete a send or receive operation. If you want to change the default remote host, call Connect again with the desired endpoint.
If the socket has been previously disconnected, then you cannot use this method to restore the connection. Use one of the asynchronous BeginConnect methods to reconnect. This is a limitation of the underlying provider.
This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing in the .NET Framework.