Hi there all

I understand how to use sockets and ServerSockets quite effectively but I always land up with the same problem:

-I want to be able to write a SIMPLE messenger program to be used just over the LAN

-I want it to be simple to the user, i.e. the user should not have to worry about trying to connect to the server etc etc

-It should just work like a program called "IPMessage.exe"

-I just need to know if there is a way in java to:

> Send personal text based messages across a LAN (with multiple PC's) without it being server/client based. That is, some users may be able to shutdown their PCs and other users must still be able to communicate

Your responses will be greatly appreciated, thank you!