I found this and am using it as my base, but it wasn’t working right out of the box. My goal is also to treat it as a package instead of a command line utility, so my code changes will reflect that.

class Netcat:
    def __init__(self, hostname, port):
        self.hostname = hostname
        self.port = port
    def send(self, content):
    self.socket = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
    self.socket.connect((self.hostname, self.port))
    self.socket.setblocking(0)
    result="";
    read_ready, write_ready, in_error = select.select([self.socket], [], [self.socket], 5)
    if(self.socket.sendall(content) != None):
        return
    while(1):
        buffer=""
        try:                
            buffer = self.socket.recv(128)
            while(buffer != ''):
                result += buffer
                try:
                    buffer = self.socket.recv(128)
                except socket.error as err:
                    print (err, type(err))
                    buffer=""
            if(buffer == ''):
                break
        except socket.error as err:
            print (err, type(err))
        if(buffer == ''):
            break
    return result

When I send a basic command to my device, it returns the following.

50PMA-019 Connection Open
Atten #1 = 63dB

My code reads the first line, but then I get an error saying that the connection is temporarily unavailable and it does not get the second line. If I change it to blocking, it just blocks and never returns. Any thoughts?

Does it work if you just use nc?

I think you should try something a little simpler:

import socket

def netcat(hostname, port, content):
    s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
    s.connect((hostname, port))
    s.sendall(content)
    s.shutdown(socket.SHUT_WR)
    while 1:
        data = s.recv(1024)
        if len(data) == 0:
            break
        print("Received:", repr(data))
    print("Connection closed.")
    s.close()

I added the shutdown call because maybe your device is waiting for you to say you’re done sending data. (That would be a little weird, but it’s possible.)

The following is a working implementation on python3:

import socket

def netcat(host, port, content):
    s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
    s.connect((host, int(port)))
    s.sendall(content.encode())
    s.shutdown(socket.SHUT_WR)
    while True:
        data = s.recv(4096)
        if not data:
            break
        print(repr(data))
    s.close()

It can be used to send “content” to a “host” on “port” (which all might be entered as sting).

Regards

if you don’t mind scrapping that code altogether, you might like to look at scapy — it’s basically the swiss army knife of packet tools in python. take a look at the interactive tutorial to see if it fits your needs.

if you’d like something higher-level than packets twisted is the go-to library for networking in python… unfortunately the learning curve is a tad steep.