A CompactRIO system consists of four main components: a real-time controller, a reconfigurable FPGA-based chassis, C Series I/O modules, and software. Your first step in setting up your CompactRIO system was installing LabVIEW, the LabVIEW FPGA Module, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, and the NI-RIO driver on your development PC. This tutorial walks you through the assembly and connections necessary to begin configuring the network and other software settings on your CompactRIO system. You receive step-by-step instructions on the following:
CompactRIO comes in two form factors: integrated controller and chassis and modular. If you have an integrated controller and chassis system (cRIO-906x , cRIO-907x, or cRIO-908x ), then you can skip this section. For all other CompactRIO systems, follow the steps below:
Complete the following steps to install a C Series I/O module in the chassis:
CompactRIO systems use Ethernet or Ethernet over USB for configuration and almost all communication back to the development computer. To connect directly to your computer, use the USB cable provided with your hardware, if it has a USB Device Port, or use a standard Category 5 (CAT-5), or better, shielded, twisted-pair Ethernet cable. To connect to an Ethernet network (hub or router), use a Ethernet cable.
Before wiring power:
Ensure that your DIP switches are in the OFF position. All DIP switches are in the OFF position when the chassis is shipped from NI. If your CompactRIO model does not have physical DIP switches, it has software switches instead, and the default software state is OFF for these settings. You can access these software DIP switches later in Measurement & Automation Explorer.
The controller has one layer of reverse-voltage protection. Complete the following steps to connect a power supply to the controller: