First definition

IPX is a proprietary protocol from Novell . IPX operates at the network layer.

Novell IPX /SPX or Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange’ protocol is a proprietary protocol developed by Novell, a variant of the “Xerox Network Systems” ( XNS ) protocol. IPX is the native protocol of Netware – client-server operating system that provides clients with file sharing, print, communication, fax, security, e-mail functions, etc. IPX is not connection-oriented.

IPX/SPX became prominent during the early 1980s as an integral part of Novell’s Netware. NetWare has become a de facto standard for the Network Operating System (SOR), the first generation of Local Area Networks. Novell has complemented its SOR with a set of business-oriented applications and utilities for connecting client machines.

The main difference between IPX and XNS is in the use of different Ethernet encapsulation formats . The second difference is in IPX’s use of the “Service Advertisement Protocol” ( SAP ), Novell’s proprietary protocol.

The full IPX address is 12 bytes long, represented by 24 hexadecimal characters. For example: AAAAAAAA 00001B1EA1A1 0451 IPX External Node Number Socket Network Number

On the other hand, SPX or Sequential Packet Exchange is a module of NetWare DOS Requester that enhances the IPX protocol by supervising the sending of data over the network . SPX is connection-oriented and operates at the transport layer.

SPX verifies and acknowledges the effective delivery of packets to any node on the network by exchanging verification messages between the source and destination nodes. The SPX check includes a value that is calculated from the data before transmitting it and that is recalculated after reception and must be reproduced exactly in the absence of transmission errors.

SPX is capable of supervising data transmissions composed of a succession of separate packets. If a confirmation request is not responded to within a specified time, SPX retransmits the packet involved. If a reasonable number of retransmissions fail, SPX assumes the connection is broken and notifies the operator.

The SPX protocol is derived from the Novell IPX protocol using the “Xerox Packet Protocol”.

Like NetBEUI , IPX/SPX is a relatively small and fast protocol on a LAN . But unlike NetBEUI , it does support routing. IPX/SPX is derived from XNS.

Microsoft provides NWLink as its version of IPX/SPX. It is a transport protocol and is routable.

Second definition

It stands for “Internetwork Packet Exchange”. IPX is a network protocol originally used by the Novell NetWare operating system and later adopted by Windows . IPX was introduced in the 1980s and remained popular through the 1990s. It has since been largely replaced by the standard TCP/IP protocol.

IPX is the network layer of the IPX/SPX protocol and SPX is the transport layer. IPX has a similar function to the IP protocol and defines how data is sent and received between systems. The SPX protocol is used to establish and maintain a connection between devices. Together, the two protocols can be used to create a network connection and transfer data between systems.

IPX is connectionless, which means it does not require a consistent connection to be maintained while packets are being sent from one system to another. It can resume the transfer from where it left off when a connection is temporarily interrupted. IPX only loads when a network connection is attempted, so it doesn’t consume unnecessary resources.

NOTE: In the 1990s, popular video games like Quake, Descent, and WarCraft 2 supported IPX for network gaming. A service like Kali can be used to emulate, mimic an IPX connection over the Internet, allowing games over the Internet. Now, most video games use TCP/IP or their own proprietary protocols to allow players to play online.

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