Before DataPipe or TextPipe Pro can connect to your database, they require what is known as a database connection string. A database connection string defines what driver software (or provider) will provide access to the database, where the database is, any security access information and any other database-specific information. You must have the correct provider for the database you want to connect to. Usually this is available either as an ODBC driver, or as an OLE DB provider from your database vendor.
ODBC is an older method of connecting to databases. If you don't have an OLE DB provider, you can still use your old ODBC driver.
OLE DB is the newer method, so having an OLE DB provider will provide faster access.
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