Network Driver Development Concepts

Network Driver Development Concepts (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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You can create a customized NDIS miniport driver for a Windows CE–based OS design to enable Windows CE to support a custom network adapter. Because Windows CE does not require backward compatibility with legacy drivers, it does not support full network interface card (NIC) drivers or monolithic network drivers. For more information about creating an NDIS miniport driver, see How to Develop a Connectionless NDIS Miniport Driver.

The following list shows the NDIS functionality available for a Windows CE–based OS design:

  • Portability of drivers between OS designs that support NDIS
  • Network adapter miniport driver support
  • Support for intermediate (including layered) and upper-level drivers
  • Support for Ethernet (802.3), Token Ring (802.5), and IrDA media
  • Support for wide area networks (WANs)
  • Support for wireless wide area networks (WWANs)
  • Support for ISA, PCI, and PC Card devices
  • Dynamic binding of adapters and Plug and Play support
  • Support for multiple network adapters that are bound to the same protocol

See Also

Network Drivers | Network Driver Registry Settings | Network Driver Samples | NDIS Support in Windows CE | Network Driver Programming Considerations | Miniports, Intermediate Drivers, and Protocol Drivers | NDIS User-mode I/O Driver | NDIS DMA Support Implementation | 802.1x Authentication | How to Develop a Connectionless NDIS Miniport Driver

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