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2196835 - When to use CR Wire Protocol Drivers for Crystal Reports?


Which driver is more suitable for Crystal reports?

Database vendor provided drivers or the drivers comes with Crystal Reports installation?


  • Crystal Reports 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013


Crystal Reports can use two types of drivers to connect to the reporting database:

    1. Database vendor Provided Drivers
    2. CR Wire Protocol ODBC Drivers

One can use CR Wire Protocol Driver when there is no database client or drivers are available on the machine.

The Wire Protocol drivers used when database Client is not installed on the machine.

The wire Protocol does not depend on database libraries to connect to the database and it does it independently.

Non-wire protocol uses database libraries and depends on the Database Client installed on the machine.


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Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2013