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Checking how many others are connected to server.

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Im writing a Chat program at the moment.
I have the ChatApplet and the Server.
Is there anyway I can check(from the ChatApplet) how many people are connected to a particular port?
For example, If you open the socket and there is already 5 people connected to a server, dont allow any more connections.

Hope i'm being clear enough!

Thanks.
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by:credit
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I should have said:

For example, If you open the socket and there is nobody else there then dont allow the ChatApplet to connect.
So there has to be at least one other person on the server for ChatApplet to connect.

I should say that its a type of Tech support application so i will be using a ceperat Applet for the 'Agent'!
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GrandSchtroumpf earned 63 total points
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the server should know how many active clients there are.
you can have your server send a message to your client when the maximum active clients limit is reached.
if the client receives that message, then you do what you need to do (display message or try another server/port).
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I'm assuming you're using stream sockets and not datagram sockets. ServerSocket has a constructor which takes 2 arguments - the port number and the maximum number of connections. You can set that limit to whatever amount you want and then the ServerSocket will itself refuse more connections.
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Please proceed with that recommendation.
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