MultinetGetConnectionPerformance function

The MultinetGetConnectionPerformance function returns information about the expected performance of a connection used to access a network resource.


DWORD MultinetGetConnectionPerformance(
  _In_  LPNETRESOURCE          lpNetResource,


lpNetResource [in]

A pointer to a NETRESOURCE structure that specifies the network resource. The following members have specific meanings in this context.


A pointer to a buffer that specifies a local device, such as "F:" or "LPT1", that is redirected to a network resource to be queried.

If this member is NULL or an empty string, the network resource is specified in the lpRemoteName member. If this flag specifies a local device, lpRemoteName is ignored.


A pointer to a network resource to query. The resource must currently have an established connection. For example, if the resource is a file on a file server, then having the file open will ensure the connection.


Usually set to NULL, but can be a pointer to the owner (provider) of the resource if the network on which the resource resides is known.

If the lpProvider member is not NULL, the system attempts to return information only about the named network.


lpNetConnectInfoStruct [out]

A pointer to the NETCONNECTINFOSTRUCT structure that receives the data.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is NO_ERROR.

If the function fails, the return value is a system error code, such as one of the following values.

Return codeDescription

The network resource does not supply this information.


The lpLocalName member of the NETRESOURCE structure pointed to by the lpNetResource parameter does not specify a redirected device, or the lpRemoteName member does not specify the name of a resource that is currently connected.


The operation could not be completed, either because a network component is not started, or because the specified resource name is not recognized.


The local device specified by the lpLocalName member is invalid.


The network name cannot be found. This error is returned if the lpLocalName member of the NETRESOURCE structure pointed to by the lpNetResource parameter was NULL and the lpRemoteName member of the NETRESOURCE structure pointed to by the lpNetResource was also or NULL or could not recognized by any network.


An attempt to access an invalid address. This error is returned if the lpNetResource or lpNetConnectInfoStruct parameters were NULL.


A bad parameter was passed. This error is returned if the lpNetConnectInfoStruct parameter does not point to a NETCONNECTINFOSTRUCT structure in which the cbStructure member is filled with the proper structure size.


The network is unavailable.


A network-specific error occurred. To obtain a description of the error, call WNetGetLastError.



The MultinetGetConnectionPerformance function returns the information in a NETCONNECTINFOSTRUCT structure.

The information returned by the MultinetGetConnectionPerformance function is an estimate only. Network traffic and routing can affect the accuracy of the results returned.

Note that the MultinetGetConnectionPerformance function can be used only to request information for a local device that is redirected to a network resource, or for a network resource to which there is currently a connection.

If a UNC path is specified in the lpRemoteName member of the NETRESOURCE structure pointed to by the lpNetResource parameter, the lpRemoteName member must be a directory name, not a filename.

A typical way to use this function would be to open a file on a network server (which would ensure that there is a connection to the file), call this function, and use the results to make decisions about how to manage file I/O. For example, you can decide whether to read the entire file into a temporary file on the client or directly access the file on the server.


Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]







Unicode and ANSI names

MultinetGetConnectionPerformanceW (Unicode) and MultinetGetConnectionPerformanceA (ANSI)

See also

Windows Networking (WNet) Overview
Windows Networking Functions



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