Network Provider API

A network provider is a DLL that enables the Windows operating system to interact with other kinds of networks, such as Novell. It is a client of the Windows WNet driver. A network provider implements network-specific actions, such as making a connection, and exposes a common interface to Windows. This interface is called the Network Provider API and consists of functions implemented by the network provider. You can create a network provider DLL to support new network protocols.

Because each network exposes a common interface through its provider, Windows can interact with several types of networks without knowing their network-specific implementation details.

The Multiple Provider Router (MPR) handles communication with all of the various network providers on the system and presents an integrated network to the user.

Related topics

Network Providers
Credential Manager
Multiple Provider Router
Functions Implemented by Network Providers
Credential Management API
Connection Notification API