Connector/NET enables developers to easily create .NET applications that require secure, high-performance data connectivity with MySQL. It implements the required ADO.NET interfaces and integrates into ADO.NET aware tools. Developers can build applications using their choice of .NET languages. Connector/NET is a fully managed ADO.NET driver written in 100% pure C#.
Connector/NET includes full support for features provided by MySQL Server up to and including MySQL Server version 5.4.; large-packet support for sending and receiving rows and BLOBs up to 2 gigabytes in size.
It also has the protocol compression which allows for compressing the data stream between the client and server.
Connector supports the connecting using TCP/IP sockets, named pipes, or shared memory on Windows; connecting using TCP/IP sockets or Unix sockets on Unix; the Open Source Mono framework developed by Novell.
It is fully managed and it does not utilize the MySQL client library.