USB Short Packets
USB passes data over the wire in the form of USB packets, which should not be confused with NDIS or networking packets. The maximum length of a USB packet to or from a USB endpoint is limited to the value of the wMaxPacketSize field of the endpoint's descriptor. For bulk pipes the maximum packet size is 64 bytes. Due to constraints of certain USB host controllers, there is a penalty associated with using short USB packets (for example, those of less then 64 bytes, when streaming data).
To work around this limitation, Remote NDIS USB devices may append zero-byte padding to data messages so that a short packet will not occur (within the constraints of the MaxTransferSize field of REMOTE_NDIS_INITIALIZE_MSG). The MessageLength field of the final REMOTE_NDIS_PACKET_MSG does not include these appended padding bytes.
If the device has transmitted its last available REMOTE_NDIS_PACKET_MSG (so no more are left in the device's queue), then it is acceptable to send a short USB packet.
If the last REMOTE_NDIS_PACKET_MSG of a device-send Remote NDIS data message (without any zero-byte padding) ends with a USB packet whose length is exactly the wMaxPacketSize for that endpoint, then the device may send an additional one-byte zero packet as an appended part of the transfer. Some device implementations are simplified by this allowance.
Similarly, some device-side USB chipsets do not detect the end of a received USB transfer that ends with a USB packet whose length is the wMaxPacketSize for that endpoint. For this reason, the host must append a one-byte zero packet to a data transfer that otherwise would have a length that is a multiple of the wMaxPacketSize of the receiving endpoint. USB Remote NDIS devices must tolerate the appended byte. The MessageLength field of the final REMOTE_NDIS_PACKET_MSG does not include this appended byte.