<networking, hardware, standard> (NDIS) A Microsoft Windows device 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.
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.
["3TECH, The 3COM Technical Journal", Winter 1991].
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