RtlEthernetStringToAddressW function (ip2string.h)

The RtlEthernetStringToAddress function converts a string representation of an Ethernet MAC address to a binary format of the Ethernet address.

Syntax

NTSYSAPI NTSTATUS RtlEthernetStringToAddressW(
  PCWSTR   S,
  LPCWSTR  *Terminator,
  DL_EUI48 *Addr
);

Parameters

S

A pointer to a buffer containing the NULL-terminated string representation of the Ethernet MAC address.

Terminator

A parameter that receives a pointer to the character that terminated the converted string. This can be used by the caller to extract more information from the string.

Addr

A pointer where the binary representation of the Ethernet MAC address is to be stored.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is STATUS_SUCCESS.

If the function fails, the return value is one of the following error codes.

Return code Description
STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETER
An invalid parameter was passed to the function. This error is returned if the string pointed to by the S parameter did not contain a proper string representation of an Ethernet MAC address.

This error code is defined in the Ntstatus.h header file.

Other
Use FormatMessage to obtain the message string for the returned error.

Remarks

The RtlEthernetStringToAddress function is used to convert a string representation of an Ethernet EUI-48 data-link layer address (also commonly known as a MAC address) to binary format of the Ethernet address. The string represents a numeric Ethernet address expressed in the non-DIX standard "-'' notation. The value returned is a number suitable for use as an Ethernet address. All Ethernet addresses are returned in network order (bytes ordered from left to right).

The string pointed to by the S parameter must be represented in the form for an Ethernet MAC address string in the non-DIX standard "-" notation. The basic string representation of an Ethernet MAC address consists of 6 pairs of hexadecimal numbers separated by dashes (F4-CE-46-2D-90-8C, for example).

On success, the Terminator parameter points to the character that terminated the string that was converted. This allows an application to pass a string that contains an Ethernet address plus additional information to the RtlEthernetStringToAddress function and then parse the remaining information.

RtlEthernetStringToAddress is a convenience function that does not require that the Windows Sockets DLL be loaded to access a function provided in Windows Sockets to perform string to Ethernet address conversion.

When either UNICODE or _UNICODE is defined, RtlEthernetStringToAddress is defined to RtlEthernetStringToAddressW, the Unicode version of this function. The S and Terminator parameters are defined to the PCWSTR data type.

When both UNICODE and _UNICODE are not defined, RtlEthernetStringToAddress is defined to RtlEthernetStringToAddressA, the ANSI version of this function. The S and Terminator parameters are defined to the PCSTR data type.

The DL_EUI48 data type is defined in the Mstcpip.h header file.

Note

The ip2string.h header defines RtlEthernetStringToAddress as an alias which automatically selects the ANSI or Unicode version of this function based on the definition of the UNICODE preprocessor constant. Mixing usage of the encoding-neutral alias with code that not encoding-neutral can lead to mismatches that result in compilation or runtime errors. For more information, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 7 [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 R2 [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header ip2string.h (include Mstcpip.h, Ip2string.h)
DLL Ntdll.dll

See also

RtlEthernetAddressToString