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Encyclopedia > Network Driver Interface Specification

The Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) is an application programming interface (API) for network interface cards (NICs). It was jointly developed by Microsoft and 3Com Corporation, and is nowadays mostly used in Microsoft Windows, but the open-source ndiswrapper and Project Evil driver wrapper projects allow many NDIS-compliant NICs to be used with Linux and FreeBSD, respectively. magnussoft ZETA, a derivative of BeOS, supports a number of NDIS drivers. A application programming interface (API) is the interface that a computer system, library or application provides in order to allow requests for services to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them. ... A transitional network card with both BNC Thinnet (left) and Twisted pair (right) connectors. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... 3Com (NASDAQ: COMS) is a manufacturer best known for its computer network infrastructure products. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary operating systems by Microsoft. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... A driver wrapper is software that functions as an adapter between an operating system and a driver, such as a device driver, that was not designed for that operating system. ... Linux refers to any Unix-like computer operating system which uses the Linux kernel. ... FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ... This article contains translated text and needs attention from someone approaching dual fluency. ... BeOS is an operating system for personal computers which began development by Be Inc. ...


The NDIS is a Logical Link Control (LLC) that forms the upper sublayer of the OSI data link layer (layer 2 of 7) and acts as an interface between layer 2 and 3 (the Network Layer). The lower sublayer is the Media Access Control (MAC) device driver. According to the IEEE 802 family of standards, Logical Link Control (LLC) is the upper sublayer of the OSI data link layer. ... The Open Systems Interconnection Basic Reference Model (OSI Reference Model or OSI Model for short) is a layered, abstract description for communications and computer network protocol design, developed as part of the Open Systems Interconnection initiative. ... media access control is where people try to access a control to the media. ...


The NDIS is a library of functions often referred to as a "wrapper" that hides the underlying complexity of the NIC hardware and serves as a standard interface for level 3 network protocol drivers and the hardware level MAC drivers. Another common LLC is the Open Data-Link Interface (ODI). A driver wrapper is software that functions as an adapter between an operating system and a driver, such as a device driver, that was not designed for that operating system. ... The Open Data-Link Interface (ODI), developed by Apple and Novell, serves the same function as Microsoft and 3COMs Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS). ...


See also

A driver wrapper is software that functions as an adapter between an operating system and a driver, such as a device driver, that was not designed for that operating system. ... The Open Data-Link Interface (ODI), developed by Apple and Novell, serves the same function as Microsoft and 3COMs Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS). ... The Uniform Driver Interface (UDI) is a project developed by several companies to define a portable interface for device drivers. ...

External links

  • http://www.ndis.com/

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NDIS - Network Driver Interface Specification (463 words)
Network Driver Interface Specification: Refer to 3COM/Microsoft, LAN Manager: Network Driver Interface Specification, October 8, 1990.
The NDIS specification is used for all communication with network adapters.
The specification was developed by Microsoft and 3Com to provide a common programming interface for MAC drivers and transport drivers.
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