Network Discovery

Experts, I have an application that connects to multiple industrial machines. In my application i have a form where the admin setups up the machines by adding the name of the machine and the ip address of the machine. I store those in an xml file and that is how my application knows what machines to communicate with.

But I have a machine here in our shop that came with some software. I dont have to tell that software anything, as soon as i start the software assuming my pc is on the network with the machine, the software finds it and shows it in a list.

How could I implement something like this for my application. I know what ports my machines will be communicating on, and i know the communications protocol.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
There are some possibilities, but the exact implementation depends on your network capabilities.  I have no idea what your configuration is like, and how that auto-discovery works.

Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP)

The SSDP protocol can discover Plug & Play devices, with uPnP (Universal Plug and Play). SSDP uses unicast and multicast adress ( SSDP is HTTP like protocol and work with NOTIFY and M-SEARCH methods.

Local network discovery done correctly

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BasicfarmerAuthor Commented:
My apologies for neglecting this question. I have been unable to respond due to a personal matter. I will review your material this weekend and close this question.
BasicfarmerAuthor Commented:
Very useful information, thanks for the response...
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