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Network Device Interface Specification
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networking, hardware, standard (NDIS) A Microsoft Windowsdevice driver programming interface allowing multiple
protocols to share the same network hardware.
E.g. TCP/IP and IPX on the same NIC. NDIS can also be
used by some ISDN adapters.
A protocol manager accepts requests from the transport layer
and passes them to the data link layer (routed to the
correct network interface if there is more than one).
NDIS was developed by Microsoft and 3COM. Novell offers
a similar device driver for NetWare called Open Data-Link
Interface (ODI).
The NDIS 2.0 specification was 5000 lines.
Current version: NDIS 5.0, as of 2000-10-30.