Media Independence and Internetworking
- NetWare is media independent.
- It enables you to integrate different, even incompatible, types of
hardware within a single network.
NetWare Internal Router
- The NetWare NOS provides an internal router that enables a NetWare
server to connect as many as 16 different networks, making them appear as
one logical network.
- Because users see and use the various physical networks as one large
logical network, fault detection is easier.
- It is not necessary for all subnetworks to use the same media or topology.
NetWare External Router
- You can also run optional routing services outside the server by using
a workstation as an external router.
- You can connect as many as 16 subnetworks to the external router using
the same or different media and topology.
- Because NetWare supports multiple internal and external routers, users
on any connected subnetwork can access servers on any other connected subnetwork.
- The NetWare NOS includes a source-routing NLM that enables NetWare
IPX packets created by a NetWare network to be routed through IBM source-routing
- NetWare operates with numerous protocols, including AppleTalk, IPX/SPX,
OSI TP4, SNA, and TCP/IP.
- Through its Protocol Engine, the NetWare NOS enables you to provide
a wide range of client communications by allowing multiple protocol stacks
to operate concurrently.