Important  The Native 802.11 Wireless LAN interface is deprecated in Windows 10 and later. Please use the WLAN Device Driver Interface (WDI) instead. For more information about WDI, see WLAN Universal Windows driver model.
The IHV Extensions DLL calls the Dot11ExtRequestVirtualStation function to request that the operating system create a virtual 802.11 station.


DOT11EXT_REQUEST_VIRTUAL_STATION Dot11extRequestVirtualStation;

DWORD Dot11extRequestVirtualStation(
  HANDLE hDot11PrimaryHandle,
  LPVOID pvReserved



A handle used by the operating system to reference the primary physical wireless LAN (WLAN) adapter. This handle value was received as the hDot11SvcHandle parameter through a previous call to the Dot11ExtIhvInitAdapter IHV Handler function.


This parameter is reserved for use by the operating system and should be NULL.

Return Value

If the call succeeds, the function returns ERROR_SUCCESS. Otherwise, it returns an error code defined in Winerror.h.


When this request function completes successfully, the operating system begins to process the request to create a virtual station. It is possible that the operating system will call the Dot11ExtIhvInitAdapter IHV Handler function to initialize the virtual station before or after the call to Dot11ExtRequestVirtualStation returns.

After the operating system creates the new virtual station, the IHV Extensions DLL should expect to receive a call to the Dot11ExtIhvInitAdapter IHV Handler function. In this call, the operating system passes a handle to the new virtual adapter through the hDot11SvcHandle parameter.


Minimum supported client Available in Windows 7 and later versions of the Windows operating systems.
Target Platform Desktop
Header wlanihv.h (include Wlanihv.h)

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