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ODI (Open Data-Link Interface)

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NetWare uses a protocol-independent structure known as ODI to provide simultaneous support for different protocols on the network and the ability to install and support multiple NICs (network interface cards) in the same computer. The ODI interface resides in the data link layer (relative to the OSI protocol stack). ODI standardizes the development of network interface card drivers so that vendors don't need to write separate drivers to work with each of the different network protocols.

ODI may be implemented on servers or workstations. It allows computers to connect to the network with different communication protocols such as TCP/IP, IPX, AppleTalk, or others.

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