network redirector definition networking
An operating system driver
that sends data to and receives data from a remote device. A network redirector often provides mechanisms to locate, open, read, write, and delete files and submit print jobs.
It also makes available application services such as named pipes and mailslots. When an application needs to send or receive data from a remote device, it sends a call to the redirector. The redirector provides the functionality of the Application layer
and Presentation layer
of the OSI
In Microsoft Networking
, the network redirectors are implemented as installable file systems (IFS).