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Listen(string,int,int,DicomNetIpTypeFlags) Method

Establishes a connection for listening for incoming connection requests.
public void Listen( 
   string hostAddress, 
   int hostPort, 
   int maxNumberOfPeers, 
   DicomNetIpTypeFlags ipType 
void Listen(  
   String^ hostAddress, 
   int hostPort, 
   int maxNumberOfPeers, 
   DicomNetIpTypeFlags ipType 


The IP address of the host computer (the SCP's address).

The port number of the host computer (the SCP's port).

Backlog parameter.

The type of ip address supported (IPv4, IPv6, or both)


If hostAddress is an empty string or a null reference (Nothing in VB), the IP address will be the local computer's address.

If hostAddress is "*", the IP address will be all of the local computer's addresses. This is useful if the local computer has more than one network interface and address.

If hostPort is 0, the port number will be the number of the first available port.

The maxNumberOfPeers parameter is the value passed to the WinSock listen() function for the backlog parameter that limits the size of the queue for waiting connections. As an example, suppose that the value is set to 3 and that 4 people try to connect at exactly the same time. In such a case, all 4 will be rejected because the connection backlog queue is full. But if one of the connections has been accepted by the time the 4th is made, then all will work.

To determine how many clients are connected and impose a limit on the number of connections, perform the following steps:

  1. Use the DicomNet.GetClientCount function in the "OnReceiveAssociateRequest" handler.
  2. Compare that value with the maximum number of connections allowed.
  3. If the number of clients connected is greater than the maximum number of connections allowed, send a "SendAssociateReject" command to the client trying to connect.

To connect to a server as a client, you must first create and initialize a DicomNet object. Then call Connect to establish the connection.

To use your computer as an SCP, you must first create a DicomNet object. Then call Listen to listen for incoming connection requests.

This overload of the DicomNet.Connect method allows you to specify which type of Internet Protocol Version to use. Pass DicomNetIpTypeFlags.Ipv4 for [ipType](" id="iptypeparameterlink" class="popuplink.html) to support the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which is the standard "dotted quad" 32-bit address format that has been in use since 1981. An example of an IPv4 address is

Pass DicomNetIpTypeFlags.Ipv6 for [ipType](" id="iptypeparameterlink" class="popuplink.html) to support Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). IPv6 uses a 128-bit address format. An example of an IPv6 address is fe80::18bd:81f:6b02:759f

To support both IPv4 and Ipv6 addresses, pass DicomNetIpTypeFlags.Ipv4OrIpv6 for [ipType](" id="iptypeparameterlink" class="popuplink.html).

If the call to Connect fails, make sure that the IP address passed for hostAddress is a valid address accessible within your network. You can verify the accessibility of both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses using the Windows ping command. For example, to verify that is accessible within your network, perform the following steps:

  • Open a command prompt, and type the following command
  • ping

Note that the following are equivalent:

  • Listen( hostAddress, hostPort, maxNumberOfPeers);
  • Listen( hostAddress, hostPort, maxNumberOfPeers, DicomNetIpTypeFlags.Ipv4);

For an example, refer to DicomNetIpTypeFlags.


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