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Connect to MQTT server

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Connect to MQTT server.

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// Build the connection string for Google's Cloud IoT Core MQTT server. Only SSL
// connections are accepted. For server authentication, the JVM's root certificates
// are used.
final String mqttServerAddress =
    String.format("ssl://%s:%s", mqttBridgeHostname, mqttBridgePort);

// Create our MQTT client. The mqttClientId is a unique string that identifies this device. For
// Google Cloud IoT Core, it must be in the format below.
final String mqttClientId =
        projectId, cloudRegion, registryId, gatewayId);

MqttConnectOptions connectOptions = new MqttConnectOptions();
// Note that the Google Cloud IoT Core only supports MQTT 3.1.1, and Paho requires that we
// explictly set this. If you don't set MQTT version, the server will immediately close its
// connection to your device.

Properties sslProps = new Properties();
sslProps.setProperty("", "TLSv1.2");

// With Google Cloud IoT Core, the username field is ignored, however it must be set for the
// Paho client library to send the password field. The password field is used to transmit a JWT
// to authorize the device.

if ("RS256".equals(algorithm)) {
  connectOptions.setPassword(createJwtRsa(projectId, privateKeyFile).toCharArray());
} else if ("ES256".equals(algorithm)) {
  connectOptions.setPassword(createJwtEs(projectId, privateKeyFile).toCharArray());
} else {
  throw new IllegalArgumentException(
      "Invalid algorithm " + algorithm + ". Should be one of 'RS256' or 'ES256'.");

System.out.println(String.format("%s", mqttClientId));

// Create a client, and connect to the Google MQTT bridge.
MqttClient client = new MqttClient(mqttServerAddress, mqttClientId, new MemoryPersistence());

// Both connect and publish operations may fail. If they do, allow retries but with an
// exponential backoff time period.
long initialConnectIntervalMillis = 500L;
long maxConnectIntervalMillis = 6000L;
long maxConnectRetryTimeElapsedMillis = 900000L;
float intervalMultiplier = 1.5f;

long retryIntervalMs = initialConnectIntervalMillis;
long totalRetryTimeMs = 0;

while ((totalRetryTimeMs < maxConnectRetryTimeElapsedMillis) && !client.isConnected()) {
  try {
  } catch (MqttException e) {
    int reason = e.getReasonCode();

    // If the connection is lost or if the server cannot be connected, allow retries, but with
    // exponential backoff.
    System.out.println("An error occurred: " + e.getMessage());
    if (reason == MqttException.REASON_CODE_CONNECTION_LOST
        || reason == MqttException.REASON_CODE_SERVER_CONNECT_ERROR) {
      System.out.println("Retrying in " + retryIntervalMs / 1000.0 + " seconds.");
      totalRetryTimeMs += retryIntervalMs;
      retryIntervalMs *= intervalMultiplier;
      if (retryIntervalMs > maxConnectIntervalMillis) {
        retryIntervalMs = maxConnectIntervalMillis;
    } else {
      throw e;

attachCallback(client, gatewayId);

// The topic gateways receive error updates on. QoS must be 0.
String errorTopic = String.format("/devices/%s/errors", gatewayId);
System.out.println(String.format("Listening on %s", errorTopic));

client.subscribe(errorTopic, 0);

return client;

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