NetBiosNodeType Enumeration

Specifies the Network Basic Input/Output System (NetBIOS) node type.

Namespace: System.Net.NetworkInformation
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public enum NetBiosNodeType
public enum NetBiosNodeType
public enum NetBiosNodeType

 Member nameDescription
BroadcastA broadcast node. 
HybridA hybrid node. 
MixedA mixed node. 
Peer2PeerA peer-to-peer node. 
UnknownAn unknown node type. 

The node type determines the way in which NetBIOS names are resolved to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The following table shows the name resolution method for each node type.

Node type

Resolve name to IP address


Uses NetBIOS name queries.


Uses a NetBIOS name server (NBNS), for example, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).


Attempts to resolve by first using NetBIOS name queries and then using an NBNS.


Attempts to resolve by first using an NBNS and then using a NetBIOS name query.

This enumeration is used to specify values for the NodeType property.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0