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Main Page: CompactRIO System Accessory Compatibility Guide


This guide describes how to select a cable or accessory that is compatible with your CompactRIO Controller or CompactRIO Expansion Chassis. NI provides a wide variety of CompactRIO Controllers and Expansion Chassis. This guide includes the cRIO-901x, cRIO-902x, cRIO-903x, cRIO-904x, cRIO-906x, cRIO-907x, cRIO-908x Controllers and NI 914x and NI 915x Expansion Chassis. This guide recommends a variety of options, whether you're looking for high performance, low noise, or a low-cost solution for your cable, mounting, or other accessories.


Depth and Coverage of the CompactRIO System Accessory Compatibility Guides

While this guide covers a broad range of configurations, it is not intended to cover every potential combination or use case. The most common and recommended solutions are presented. Configurations with known limitations are noted.

This guide is intended to cover current, legacy, and recently obsolete CompactRIO Controllers and CompactRIO Expansion Chassis and their cable and accessory options. It does not cover long-time end of life (EOL) Hardware and does not cover EOL cable or accessory options. The guide is not intended to cover cable or accessory options for other NI hardware families such as RF, CompactDAQ, C Series Module, Digital Waveform Instruments (formerly HSDIO), Digital Pattern Instruments, NI High-Speed Serial Instruments, DAQ Multifunction I/O, Source Measurement Units (SMUs), or R Series. 

Some cables or accessories from other NI product families may share the same connector or visually appear the same, but typically come with limitations, incompatibilities, or safety concerns. For this reason, unless expressly mentioned in this guide, compatibility with other NI cables and accessories are not covered in this guide and are not recommended.


Finding Your Cable and Accessory

To identify cables and accessories that are compatible with your chassis or controller, first identify the port and connector types on your hardware then follow the relevant links in the table below to see the options. Figure 1 shows the cRIO-9030 controller as an example to help you identify the ports and connectors on your device.

Note: Figure 1 is using the cRIO-9030 as an example. Your controller might have the ports and connector on a different location as shown below. As mentioned above this compatibility guide covers cable and accessories for the cRIO-901x, cRIO-902x, cRIO-903x, cRIO-904x, cRIO-906x, cRIO-907x, cRIO-908x Controllers and NI 914x and NI 915x Expansion Chassis. Please refer to your devices user manual for additional information.

Figure 1. cRIO-9030 Ports and Connectors.