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, 3 Oct 2006 CPOL
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How to get the TCP/IP address of a TCPClient using VB.NET and Reflection.


This article explains how to get the TCP/IP address of a TCPClient using VB.NET and Reflection.

This is a fairly simple solution...You must use PropertyInfo from Reflection to reference the private socket of your TCPClient, and then pull the IP from the RemoteEndPoint of your Socket. I added a small class to make this a little cleaner and to return the address info as a separate IP address and port.

Public Shared Function AddressInfoFromTCPClient(ByVal theClient As TcpClient) As AddressInfo
    Dim pi As PropertyInfo = theClient.GetStream.GetType.GetProperty("Socket", _
                             BindingFlags.NonPublic Or BindingFlags.Instance)
    Dim theSocket As Socket = pi.GetValue(theClient.GetStream, Nothing)
    Dim theEnd As EndPoint = theSocket.RemoteEndPoint
    Dim theAddress() As String = theEnd.ToString.Split(":")
    Dim theInfo As New AddressInfo(theAddress(0), theAddress(1))

    Return theInfo
End Function

Hopefully this will be helpful to someone...I have used it quite a bit for small chat applications to keep track of banned IP addresses etc., while still having the ease of using TCPClient instead of sockets. Feel free to use this in your software as long as you do not hold me responsible for any damages Wink | ;)


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Comments and Discussions tcpclient Pinmemberdragon4125-Jul-07 20:07 
QuestionSending Text Pinmemberhariram2814-Oct-06 7:27 
AnswerRe: Sending Text PinmemberPolymorpher16-Oct-06 9:39 
GeneralRemoting Pinmemberhariram2811-Oct-06 7:47 
GeneralRe: Remoting PinmemberPolymorpher11-Oct-06 8:02 
QuestionRe: Remoting Pinmemberhariram2811-Oct-06 8:23 
AnswerRe: Remoting PinmemberPolymorpher11-Oct-06 8:39 
GeneralAlternative Method PinmemberTom Spink9-Oct-06 16:40 
GeneralRe: Alternative Method PinmemberPolymorpher9-Oct-06 21:16 
Cool, thanks for the info. I will have to try it out
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GeneralRe: Alternative Method PinmemberManjunathabe0114-Feb-09 23:06 
AnswerRe: Alternative Method PinmemberTom Spink5-Feb-09 2:27 

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