Microsoft’s version of the Novell NetWare IPX/SPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange) protocol for Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000.
Using IPX/SPX and Client for NetWare Networks, clients running Windows 95 and Windows 98 can access shared resources on NetWare servers directly, as long as they have appropriate permissions and rights. Under Windows 2000 this protocol is part of NWLink.
IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol can also be used to access Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers running File and Printer Sharing for NetWare Networks.
IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol supports the 32-bit Windows Sockets 1.1 and NetBIOS over Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) programming interfaces.
Although the Windows 95 and Windows 98 user interfaces allow you to configure multiple bindings for IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol to multiple network interface cards (NICs), only the first binding is actually used. You cannot use IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol for connecting to NetWare over an ARCNET network; you must install real-mode IPX drivers instead.
IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol is set by default to autodetect the frame type used on a NetWare network. If no frame type is detected, the default 802.2 type is used. If multiple frame types are detected, the predominant one is selected.