Remote NDIS (RNDIS) is a bus-independent class specification for Ethernet (802.3) network devices on dynamic Plug and Play (PnP) buses such as USB, 1394, Bluetooth, and InfiniBand. Remote NDIS defines a bus-independent message protocol between a host computer and a Remote NDIS device over abstract control and data channels. Remote NDIS is precise enough to allow vendor-independent class driver support for Remote NDIS devices on the host computer.

Microsoft Windows versions beginning with Windows XP include a Remote NDIS driver for USB devices. To use this driver with a USB device, an IHV must provide an INF file that follows the template in Remote NDIS INF Template.

Remote NDIS messages are sent to a Remote NDIS device from the host, and a Remote NDIS device responds with an appropriate completion message. Messages are also sent in a unsolicited fashion from a Remote NDIS device to the host.

This section includes:

Overview of Remote NDIS (RNDIS)

Remote NDIS Communication

Remote NDIS To USB Mapping