Open Data-link Interface (ODI)

Definition of Open Data-link Interface (ODI) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Open Data-link Interface (ODI)?

A standard developed by Novell and Apple for defining the communication mechanism between network interface card (NIC) drivers and network protocols.

Open Data-link Interface (ODI) allows multiple NICs to be bound to multiple protocols, similar to the network driver interface specification (NDIS) standard. ODI is a legacy standard that was defined primarily for the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocol on Novell NetWare 2. x and 3. x networks.

Microsoft’s NWLink IPX/SPX-Compatible Transport supports ODI for backward compatibility.