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PubNub vs SignalR: What are the differences?

PubNub: Build real-time apps quickly and scale them globally. PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server; SignalR: A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy. SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

PubNub and SignalR can be categorized as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.

"Massively scalable & easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider PubNub over the competitors, whereas "Supports .NET server" was stated as the key factor in picking SignalR.

SignalR is an open source tool with 7.75K GitHub stars and 2.19K GitHub forks. Here's a link to SignalR's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, PubNub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 43 company stacks & 12 developers stacks; compared to SignalR, which is listed in 22 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

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I am building an IoT application that will utilize connected air quality sensors to provide real-time indoor air quality in offices. I want to be able to share this data with a few different databases, etc.

Wondering if anyone has any advice on which real-time streaming API would be best for this sort of application, or even how I should think about it?

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Ben Gamble
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For IoT, we support MQTT along with websockets and SSE. The pattern you're suggesting that involves harvesting data from devices and soaking into a database is easy to achieve with one of the Ably integrations (Serverless functions/webhook) . Here are some tutorials to do things like this: https://ably.com/tutorials/reactor-event-zapier#step2-mqtt-ably

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Philip Rossen
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We use Pusher at www.justlearn.com. It works fine. When you reach more users, Pusher gets expensive. We use Pusher for live chat between users. Their software is easy to use. We have had issues with auth on Pusher.

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Pros of PubNub
Pros of SignalR
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    Massively scalable & easy to use
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    Easy setup
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    Reliable
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    Great support
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    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
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    Sockets at Scale
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    High-Performance
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    99.999% availability guarantees
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    Multiplexing
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    High-Reliability
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    Scalability
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    70+ SDKs
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    High-Availability
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    Security
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    Azure Add-on
  • 3
    Heroku Add-on
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    Easy to setup
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    Flexible
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    Presence
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    Analytics
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    Free Plan
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    Server-Side Cache
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    PhoneGap Plugin
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    AngularJS Adapter
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    Data Sync
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    Data Streams
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    Support
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    Easy setup and very reliable
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    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
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    Cool
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    Angular 2+ integration
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    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
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    CTO stephen also is A++++++
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    Real time and easy to use.
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    Easy integration with iOS apps
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    Supports .NET server
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    Real-time
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    Free
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    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
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    WebSockets
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    Simple
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    JSON
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    Open source
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    Ease of use
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    Cool

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Cons of PubNub
Cons of SignalR
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    Costly
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    Requires jQuery
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    Expertise hard to get
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    Weak iOS and Android support
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    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions

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What is PubNub?

PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

What is SignalR?

SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

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