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Configuring Counters in Your Channel Specification

Last Modified: September 27, 2021

Add counters to a project by configuring signals in the Channel Specification. Use these steps to configure counters for counter modules, such as the NI-9361, and onboard counters by enabling the line and determining the settings.


To learn more about onboard counters and how they behave differently from counter modules, refer to Onboard Counters.

  1. Select one or more channels to configure.
  2. Hover over a channel row to see the Configure gear . Click the gear for the channel or channels you want to configure.

    When selecting multiple channels, the gear only appears when you select channels of the same data type.

  3. Specify the channel name in the Name field, if necessary.
  4. Select the Physical Measurement you want to acquire for this channel.

    For information on which physical counter measurement types are available for the sensor class you are using, refer to Supported Sensor Class Types.

  5. Select the Sensor Class you want to use to take the counter measurement. Additional options appear based on the selected sensor.
  6. Optional: Record any sensor information or test procedures in the Sensor Properties field. To edit the Sensor Properties field, complete the following steps:
    1. Click the Sensor Properties edit icon at the top right of the box.
    2. Fill in the information in the Sensor Properties dialog.
    The information will populate the Sensor Properties field of the channel configuration.
  7. Optional: Set the configuration options to the desired settings for the corresponding counter connected to the channel. You can configure scaling, electrical, alarm, advanced, and filtering settings.

    When selecting multiple channels, available configuration options may not be available for channels with different requirements and specifications. Available channel configuration options vary by counter measurement type.

After you select a Sensor Class, Raw value shows the raw electrical value being measured from your sensor without any scaling applied to it. Live value shows the sensor value with any scaling configurations applied. Raw values help validate the sensor configuration and are not logged to a data file.

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