Android Question Online UDP


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Hi masters. Is there a way to send a text or bytes from one device to another online using UDP connection.

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It will work, as long as there are no firewalls and the recipient is accessible (has a public IP).

If you have no specific reason for UDP, though, go for TCP. Much simpler in the long run (although, the limitations above still mosty apply, with the exception that, even in a two way communication, only the one who initially answers the connection needs to be accessible).


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It will most probably not work over the internet as mobile network providers do not allow incoming connections.
It depends.
One device must tell the other (for example via SMS) the IP address that has been assigned from the mobile network (it changes every time).
The problem is that some operators use a NAT system so the assigned IP address is valid only from the the device to the operator, then it changes for the rest of the world.
Other operators does not use NAT so with the above method you can establish a direct connection between devices and exchange data.


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Also, if the device is connected through wifi and then on to internet, the mobile operators have no say in things.

It is, however, a messy area, so if you plan to make it a public app, expect support.

There is one way to solve all the above problems, though it requires more effort.

You set up a server. Both devices connect to your server. This is both outgoing connections, so it will work fine in all environments.

From here on, you have two options:

* The "clean" option. The server simply repeats everything it gets from one device to the other. This means everything passes through the server, which means traffic you'll have to pay for, as well as possible privacy concerns. Basically, it listens on the connection, and repeats everything it hears to the other side.

* The "unclean" option. Once the server has both connections, it can tell each device that it's moving to another address. Now, here's the trick: it instead of telling them about a new address for the server, it gives each device the address of the other device, in effect merging the two connections to one. As both started as outgoing, firewalls and NAT will not be a problem. It's more difficult and I don't think you can expect to do it through a high level API. This is the method Skype use. Basically, it says "Nah, you'll have to handle this yourself", and ties the ends of the lines together and disconnects itself.

Some network admins think the second method is a potential hack attack and go ballistic, but it works, and it works damn well. Much harder to do, though.