Network Drivers (Compact 2013)

3/26/2014

Network drivers implement communication between the Windows Embedded Compact operating system (OS), protocol drivers, and network adapters that connect a Windows Embedded Compact powered device to local and wide area networks. The Windows Embedded Compact-based communications architecture provides support for network drivers written to the Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) as well as technologies such as Remote NDIS (RNDIS), NDISWAN, Token Ring, Wi-Fi, IrDA, and Bluetooth.

To enable network driver support in your Windows Embedded Compact-based OS design, you can select from one of the network driver catalog items provided with Windows Embedded Compact, or you can develop a customized network miniport driver to enable Windows Embedded Compact to support a custom network adapter.

To add a network driver to your OS, see Network Driver Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables.

For reference information, see Network Driver Reference. Wireless Zero Configuration has been removed from Windows Embedded Compact; for Native Wi-Fi automatic configuration information, see Wi-Fi. For Native Wi-Fi automatic configuration reference information, see Native Wi-Fi Reference.

Sample application code is available at the locations listed below.

Driver

Sources file location

Binary

NE2000-compatible generic Ethernet adapter PCI driver

Public\Common\OAK\Drivers\NetCard\NE2000

Ne2000.dll

Intel Pro E100BEX Ethernet adapter driver

Public\Common\OAK\Drivers\NetCard\E100BEX

E100bex.dll

RealTek 8185 Native WiFi

Public\Common\OAK\Drivers\NetCard\rtl8185

rtlnwifi.dll

AR6002 Native 802.11 Miniport Driver

Public\Common\OAK\Drivers\NetCard\ar6k2_nwf

ar6k_nwf.dll

Realtek RTL188x 802.11b native driver

Not applicable.

Rtl1880nf.dll

Other Resources

Device Drivers

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