NI CompactDAQ Setup and Support

NI CompactDAQ was designed with ease of use in mind from both a software and hardware perspective. NI CompactDAQ chassis are automatically detected and configured by NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) and NI CompactDAQ controllers are preloaded with the required software for configuration and setup. Furthermore, I/O modules are automatically detected by a chassis when inserted into an available slot, which means the system knows immediately which type of signals the module can measure or generate.

View the step-by-step getting started guide

Out-of-Box Experience


USB Systems

NI CompactDAQ USB chassis provide the plug-and-play simplicity of USB to sensor and electrical measurements. This introductory video shows the setup process from unpacking your hardware and software to taking your first measurement.

Wireless Systems

With simple network configuration and 802.11 WiFi connectivity, NI CompactDAQ wireless chassis make it easier than ever to take your measurement system to the sensor. Watch this introductory video for a step-by-step walkthrough of the setup process.

Ethernet Systems

To make networking more accessible to the non-IT professional, NI CompactDAQ Ethernet chassis use the zero configuration networking (zeroconf) standard. This introductory video walks you through the setup process step by step.

Training and Services

Hardware Services

Learn about NI calibration, warranty, repair, and system configuration services.

DAQ Training Courses

Examine the fundamentals of PC-based DAQ and signal conditioning using an NI CompactDAQ USB system in this two-day NI course.


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