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Networking Is it possible to write NetworkClient/NetworkServer compatible code using NetworkTransport?

Discussion in '5.1 Beta' started by cannon, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. cannon

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    I tried it mostly because I saw the Network.AddWebsocketHost. Using NetworkTransport.AddHost and connecting using NetworkClient didn't work with the default settings.

    Disregarding websocket support, which I understand is not yet supported, can I write HL-compatible code using just the low-level API?

    Just curious what's possible with the new network APIs.
     
  2. aabramychev

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    HLAPI uses specific marshalling algorithms. For sure HL-code itself uses LLAPI internally, but there are a lot of c# specific sugar inside which (I guess) will be difficult to reproduce
     
  3. Whippets

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    So that means we need to wait for the specific client/dedicated server classes - which will be available any time soon? * said hopefully *
     
  4. aabramychev

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    Goood question. It will depends of user feedback.
    For example: HLAPI is great but I cannot use it because (and because here is very important for us).... So far we cannot imagine what else we need to implement and what is priority of this :)
     
  5. cannon

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    Thanks, I was just toying with the idea of custom transports, e.g. so we could swap webrtc for websockets, and still keep the high-level interface the same.
     
  6. Whippets

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    "HLAPI is great, but I cannot use it because..."

    It does not fit with a MMO. I don't need network-synced transforms, or lobbies, or the ability to swap which client is currently the server; but I do need fast command transport, with functionality to help with lost packets, jitter, burst, and other great latency effects, along with authoritative movement with the server having a colliders only version of the same map used in the client, and fast AOA/AOI/Range functions for sending packets to subsets of connected players.
     
  7. aabramychev

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    Step by step:
    For Cannon:
    (1) Websockets are supported on low level. I did couple successful tests using hlapi but it is still unstable. In ideal situation user won't see any difference by switching transport...
    (2) For webrtc itself we doesn't support this. (so far, and actually we haven't decided yet are we going to support it, probably by request)

    For Whippets:
    Yes we are working on this
     
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  8. Whippets

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    Brilliant news, I can't wait for that XD