HttpClient fails to connect to server in .Net Framework, succeeds in .Net Core; what's causing the failure?

Stack Overflow Asked by buttonblue on September 2, 2020

Popped back in because I haven’t fixed the problem and it’s really starting to do my head in.

After multiple reinstallations of .Net Framework libraries and Visual Studio 2019, I opted for a complete laptop reimage, none of which made a difference.

A chance discovery meant I found both the Core and Framework code worked as expected when in the office. Just not at home; confirmed this by having my workmate bring his laptop over and the Framework version did not work when he connected to my home network (but it does when connected to his home network).

So yeah…router settings? I have no idea. I have installed Wireshark and I’m looking at the outputs, but I don’t really know how to interpret what I’m seeing.

I have a .Net Core 3.1 console application with the code below. It works just fine, returns the expected JSON output.

I created a .Net Framework 4.8 console application with the same code (literally copied and pasted). It doesn’t work. Instead of the expected JSON, I get an exception ("unable to connect to the remote server") with an inner exception of type System.Net.Sockets.SocketException. The message for the inner exception is "A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond". The exception is coming from the call to httpClient.GetAsync().

The code isn’t that complex! Given it does work with .Net Core, what should I be doing differently to use .Net Framework instead? I’ve tried setting up the HttpClient and HttpClientHandler with a variety of parameters, to no avail.

Neither the .Net Core, nor the .Net Framework projects have any additional packages added, other than those provided by default on project creation and those added to resolve references.

Edit: Windows 10, Visual Studio 2019 (16.6.4)

class Program
  private static HttpClient httpClient;

  static async Task Main(string[] args)
    // Need credentials to get past work's proxy
    var handler = new HttpClientHandler
        DefaultProxyCredentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials

    httpClient = new HttpClient(handler)
        BaseAddress = new Uri("")

        HttpResponseMessage response = await httpClient.GetAsync("users/1");

        var statusText = response.StatusCode + " " + response.ReasonPhrase + Environment.NewLine;
        var responseBodyAsText = await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();
    catch (Exception e)

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