Getting Started with Low-Cost DAQ

Publish Date: Sep 26, 2014 | 0 Ratings | 0.00 out of 5 | Print | Submit your review

Overview

With your NI low-cost multifunction DAQ device, you can access hundreds of application-specific examples, thorough getting started resources, and an extensive online community. In this tutorial, get started with your device and explore resources to ensure your success.

Table of Contents

  1. Setting Up Your Hardware
  2. Using an Example to Test Your Hardware
  3. Interfacing With Your Device
  4. Building Common Applications
  5. Troubleshooting Tools

1. Setting Up Your Hardware

NI ships each device with a single-page Quick Start Guide that walks you through installing the software, setting up the hardware, confirming that the device is recognized by your PC, and detecting a signal in the test panels of Measurement & Automation Explorer. An online version of the guide is on the Resources tab of the device model page or at the following:

For more detailed information on getting started with your device, refer to the user guide by visiting ni.com/manuals and searching the name of your device.

 

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2. Using an Example to Test Your Hardware

NI provides hundreds of examples in ANSI C, C# .NET, Visual Basic .NET, NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows™/CVI, and NI Measurement Studio. These are ready-to-run examples you can use to verify the analog, digital, and counter functionality of your device. To access these examples for your application development environment (ADE) of choice, visit ni.com/info and enter the code DAQmxexp

 

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3. Interfacing With Your Device

Each example program included with your device demonstrates how to best interface with your device to achieve specific functionality. NI recommends that you first start with an example program and customize it to fit your specific requirements. To learn how to customize your NI-DAQmx code, refer to the following tutorials:

Using the DAQ Assistant

If you are creating a basic application and want to configure it without programming, use the DAQ Assistant. The DAQ Assistant is a graphical interface for configuring measurement or signal generation in LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, or Measurement Studio application developments. It is important to note that if you are programming in ANSI C, C# .NET, or Visual Basic .NET, you will not have access to the DAQ Assistant and must interface with your device using NI-DAQmx. 

 

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4. Building Common Applications

The low-cost DAQ family is ideal for basic applications such as simple data logging, portable measurements, and academic lab experiments. Select from the following tutorials to learn how to customize example programs to build common control and measurement applications in a variety of ADEs:

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5. Troubleshooting Tools

Take advantage of several tools to help with your specific application. Support articles provide troubleshooting information, information on error codes and workarounds, and answers to frequently asked questions. Search the database at ni.com/kb. The community gives you access to members who can help get you started, troubleshoot your application, and guide you in best programming practices at any time. Access the community at ni.com/community.

 

The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

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