Using AFs, VCs, SAPs, and Parties (NDIS 5.1)
Note NDIS 5. x has been deprecated and is superseded by NDIS 6. x. For new NDIS driver development, see Network Drivers Starting with Windows Vista. For information about porting NDIS 5. x drivers to NDIS 6. x, see Porting NDIS 5.x Drivers to NDIS 6.0.
Connection-oriented drivers create and use entities including address families (AFs), virtual connections (VCs), service access points (SAPs), and parties.
When a connection-oriented driver registers an AF or creates a VC, SAP, or party, it passes a pointer to its local context area for that entity to NDIS. NDIS then returns to the driver (as well as to other appropriate connection-oriented drivers) a handle that represents the newly registered AF or the newly created VC, SAP, or party.
The following topics describe the entities that connection-oriented drivers create and use: