Connecting to the Arduino through Ethernet Shield

Hello, I am having a problem with my Ethernet Shield. Here is the situation, I have a PC that I have installed on it Windows Server 2003, with DNS, DHCP, and XAMPP. Now my Arduino UNO is connected to the Ethernet Shield and connected to the internet as well as my PC. I am making my Arduino a Client. What I want to do is let the Arduino read a text file from the XAMPP directory and display it on the Serial Monitor. I have written the following code:

#include <Ethernet.h>
#include <SPI.h>

byte mac[] = { 0xDE, 0xAD, 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xFE, 0xED }; //This is not my Arduino Shield MAC Address.
IPAddress server(XXX,XXX,XXX,XXX);
IPAddress ipAddress(XXX,XXX,XXX,XXX);
IPAddress myDNS(8,8,8,8);
IPAddress myGateway(XXX,XXX,XXX,XXX);
IPAddress mySubnet(255,255,255,0);

EthernetClient client;

void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Ethernet.begin(mac, ipAddress, myDNS, myGateway, mySubnet );

  delay(1000);
  Serial.println("connecting...");

  if (client.connect(server, 80)) {
    Serial.println("connected");
  } 
  else {
    Serial.println("connection failed");
  }
}

void loop()
{
	Serial.println("Your Connected");
	client.println("GET http://localhost/xampp/text.txt HTTP/1.1");
	if (client.available()) {
    char c = client.read();
    Serial.print(c);
  }

  if (!client.connected()) {
    Serial.println();
    Serial.println("disconnecting.");
    client.stop();
}

When I run it, it prints on the Serial Monitor, Connecting, then prints Connected, then it prints symbols and it doesn’t print any text. I am having trouble reading from the server. Any idea on how to solve that problem? I also wanted to know if I want to send to the Arduino data do I have to send them through the GET method? Please keep your answers simple.

Thank You

Simple client test code.

//zoomkat 4-04-12
//simple client test
//for use with IDE 1.0
//open serial monitor and send an e to test
//for use with W5100 based ethernet shields
//note that the below bug fix may be required
// http://code.google.com/p/arduino/issues/detail?id=605 
//the arduino lan IP address { 192, 168, 1, 102 } may need 
//to be modified modified to work with your router.

#include <SPI.h>
#include <Ethernet.h>

byte mac[] = { 0xDE, 0xAD, 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xFE, 0xED }; //physical mac address
byte ip[] = { 192, 168, 1, 102 }; // ip in lan assigned to arduino
//byte gateway[] = { 192, 168, 1, 1 }; // internet access via router
//byte subnet[] = { 255, 255, 255, 0 }; //subnet mask
byte myserver[] = { 208, 104, 2, 86 }; // zoomkat web page server IP address
EthernetClient client;
//////////////////////

void setup(){

  Ethernet.begin(mac, ip);
  //Ethernet.begin(mac, ip, gateway, gateway, subnet);
  Serial.begin(9600); 
  Serial.println("Better client test 4/04/12"); // so I can keep track of what is loaded
  Serial.println("Send an e in serial monitor to test"); // what to do to test
}

void loop(){
  // check for serial input
  if (Serial.available() > 0) //if something in serial buffer
  {
    byte inChar; // sets inChar as a byte
    inChar = Serial.read(); //gets byte from buffer
    if(inChar == 'e') // checks to see byte is an e
    {
      sendGET(); // call sendGET function below when byte is an e
    }
  }  
} 

//////////////////////////

void sendGET() //client function to send/receive GET request data.
{
  if (client.connect(myserver, 80)) {  //starts client connection, checks for connection
    Serial.println("connected");
    client.println("GET /~shb/arduino.txt HTTP/1.0"); //download text
    client.println(); //end of get request
  } 
  else {
    Serial.println("connection failed"); //error message if no client connect
    Serial.println();
  }

  while(client.connected() && !client.available()) delay(1); //waits for data
  while (client.connected() || client.available()) { //connected or data available
    char c = client.read(); //gets byte from ethernet buffer
    Serial.print(c); //prints byte to serial monitor 
  }

  Serial.println();
  Serial.println("disconnecting.");
  Serial.println("==================");
  Serial.println();
  client.stop(); //stop client

}

Hello Zoomkat,

I have tried the code you have provided but its not working. I have tried another code from the bildr.org website and it worked fine, here is the following code:

//ARDUINO 1.0+ ONLY
//ARDUINO 1.0+ ONLY
#include <Ethernet.h>
#include <SPI.h>

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//CONFIGURE
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
byte server[] = { 174,123,231,247 }; //ip Address of the server you will connect to

//The location to go to on the server
//make sure to keep HTTP/1.0 at the end, this is telling it what type of file it is
String location = "/~bildr/examples/ethernet/ HTTP/1.0";


// if need to change the MAC address (Very Rare)
byte mac[] = { 0xDE, 0xAD, 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xFE, 0xED };
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

EthernetClient client;

char inString[32]; // string for incoming serial data
int stringPos = 0; // string index counter
boolean startRead = false; // is reading?

void setup(){
  Ethernet.begin(mac);
  Serial.begin(9600);
}

void loop(){
  String pageValue = connectAndRead(); //connect to the server and read the output

  Serial.println(pageValue); //print out the findings.

  delay(5000); //wait 5 seconds before connecting again
}

String connectAndRead(){
  //connect to the server

  Serial.println("connecting...");

  //port 80 is typical of a www page
  if (client.connect(server, 80)) {
    Serial.println("connected");
    client.print("GET ");
    client.println(location);
    client.println();

    //Connected - Read the page
    return readPage(); //go and read the output

  }else{
    return "connection failed";
  }

}

String readPage(){
  //read the page, and capture & return everything between '<' and '>'

  stringPos = 0;
  memset( &inString, 0, 32 ); //clear inString memory

  while(true){

    if (client.available()) {
      char c = client.read();

      if (c == '<' ) { //'<' is our begining character
        startRead = true; //Ready to start reading the part 
      }else if(startRead){

        if(c != '>'){ //'>' is our ending character
          inString[stringPos] = c;
          stringPos ++;
        }else{
          //got what we need here! We can disconnect now
          startRead = false;
          client.stop();
          client.flush();
          Serial.println("disconnecting.");
          return inString;

        }

      }
    }

  }

}

My question is why either your code or my code is working? and do I have to put the read character into an array of String?
Thank You