server discovery

Hi, I want an easy way of discovering a server on a network. For example, I want a server running on say 192.168.0.55. And a client does a broadcast on the workgroup, asking servers to identify themselves. The server then replies with it's IP address and consequently the client can do a socket connect to the server.

What would be the best protocol to perform such a broadcast?
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mgazzaCommented:
well id just like to say that yuor method would take years with a possable searchable area of 255.255.255.255 with 300ms<    posable communication time you need to buy an computer with a fixed ip address and register yuor ip with a dns server so your server doesnt need to do this all it wil need for the address is the dns address for your compter eg www.some_site.net could be 214.142.63.156 you can find a servers ip address also by doing ping www.sitename.com in command

hope this helps
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thegettaCommented:
Hi,
if you want to broadcast in a Local Network (LAN) you can use UDP for broadcasting. There's a component Suite called ICS (www.overbyte.be) which can be used to send broadcasts. If you download the source of the components there are some samples included. For example UDPSend.dpr and udplstn.dpr. If you check these samples it's pretty easy so send a broadcast.

www.overbyte.be or http://overbyte.delphicenter.com/frame_index.html?redirTo=/products/ics.html
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mgazzaCommented:
i think its time you finalised this question

regards mark,
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mgazzaCommented:
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