Identify IP Address source of UDP Broadcast C++

Posted on 2011-04-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Dear Experts.

I have the following code excerpt (for illustrative purposes) and would like you to give me an example of the following:

1: Use a UDP Broadcast to output the IP address of the server that it is sent from.
2: Use this IP address to connect to said server via TCP from the client's perspective.

I attempted to write this code to output the IP address, and parse it into the variable m_szSendBuf to be sent over the network - (so that I could remote connect to this server).

cout << "1 Type a message to send (maximum 100 characters)" << endl;
      cin      >> m_szSendBuf;
      cout << "The message you have typed is: " << m_szSendBuf << endl << endl;

      cout << "Windows Socket mechanism initialised" << endl;
      cout << "Socket created" << endl;
      cout << "Broadcast Option set" << endl;
      cout << "Broadcast Address and Port set (port " << htons(m_SendSockAddr.sin_port) << " will be used)" << endl;

      printf("The local sending IP address is %d.%d.%d.%d\n",
      cout << "Datagram sent" << endl;

      unsigned int i_octet1;
      unsigned int i_octet2;
      unsigned int i_octet3;
      unsigned int i_octet4;

      string s_octet1;
      string s_octet2;
      string s_octet3;
      string s_octet4;
      i_octet1 = m_LocalSockAddr.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b1;
      i_octet2 = m_LocalSockAddr.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b2;
      i_octet3 = m_LocalSockAddr.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b3;
      i_octet4 = m_LocalSockAddr.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b4;

      stringstream s_octet1;
      //int i;
       s_octet1 << i_octet1;
       const char* p = s_octet1.str().c_str();
      cout << m_szSendBuf << endl;
      cout << i_octet1 << endl;
      cout << s_octet1 << endl;
      cout << p << endl;

Thanks in advance for taking the time to look at my code.

Regards, SME_Paddington
Question by:SME_Paddington
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jkr earned 2000 total points
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Have you tried 'recvfrom()' (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms740120(VS.85).aspx) on the receiving side? E.g.
struct sockaddr_in from;
socklen_t fromlen;

fromlen = sizeof(struct sockaddr_in);
rc = recvfrom(s, buf, len, flags, (struct sockaddr *) &from,

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Will give it a shot, and let you know what happens. Thanks for the tip.

Author Closing Comment

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Good guy, knows his stuff.

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