Archived: Using the Autoconfiguration Feature in NI-FBUS Configurator

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The autoconfiguration capabilities of the FP-3000 can save time and will initialize many parameters to reasonable values.

Autoconfigure the FP-3000 in the NI-FBUS Configurator

When you use the FP-3000 with the NI-FBUS Configurator, autoconfiguration is done automatically the first time a FP-3000 is powered up and any time after the manual reset switch on the module has been used. The NI-FBUS Configurator will detect the connected I/O modules and instantiate function blocks for each channel.The autoconfiguration process may take a few minutes, depending on how many I/O modules you have connected.

To force an autoconfiguration at any other time, follow these steps:
1. Import the Device Description for the FP-3000 into the NI-FBUS Interface Configuration utility (if you have not already done so).
2. Connect the FP-3000 to the bus and start the NI-FBUS Configurator.
3. Double-click on the resource block of the FP-3000. This opens the block configuration window, which floats on top of the NI-FBUS Configurator interface.
4. Click on the OOS (Out of Service) button if it is not already depressed to stop any running function blocks.
5. Select the Options tab.
6. Scroll down to the FP_AUTOCONFIGURE parameter.
7. Click on Run and change it to Autoconfigure.
8. Click on the Write Changes button. At this point, the FP-3000 is queried and function blocks are instantiated for all of the FieldPoint modules attached to the network module.