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.
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).
One component of Wireless Zero Configuration is the NDIS User Mode I/O (NDISUIO) NDIS protocol driver. NDISUIO is a Microsoft-signed driver which comes as part of Windows XP. In most situations it is already bound to installed IEEE 802.3 miniports.
The NDIS versions supported by various Windows versions are as follows:
NDIS interface can be used to write network drivers which sit in-between MAC and IP layers and can control all traffic being accepted by NIC card. In order to write applications using NDIS one can use samples that accompany Microsoft's DDK (driver development kit).
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