Install Software on Your CompactRIO Controller

At this point, your CompactRIO controller should be configured with a valid IP address and the correct software should be installed on your development computer. The status light on your CompactRIO controller should blink twice repeatedly. This indicates that a valid IP address is assigned, but there is no software installed on the controller.

  1. You may provide a name for your CompactRIO controller to identify it on the network and a comment that is visible to other users. Enter these now if you wish; both are optional. Select the System Settings tab at the bottom to enter the name and comment. Click Save.

  1. Expand the CompactRIO item under Remote Systems, right-click on the Software item, and select Add/Remove Software.

If you have a controller running the NI Linux Real-Time OS, you may be asked to log in to your controller to gain access. At this time, use the default admin username and blank password.

  1. Under the desired LabVIEW Real-Time version, select the NI-RIO driver version installed on the development computer and click Next».

  1. The default Recommended Software Set installs the typical components required. If you have additional LabVIEW modules or toolkits installed to your computer, such as motion, select those software set add-ons to install them on the CompactRIO controller. Select NI Scan Engine support from this menu to get started.

  1. Click Next to begin the software installation.

    If you interrupt the software installation process, the CompactRIO controller will likely be in an unusable state and you will have to reformat the hard drive and go through the installation process again. If you receive an error during installation, repeat this process. If you repeatedly receive errors while attempting to install, ensure that you have properly completed the network configuration process.

  2. Click Finish to complete the process.

Congratulations! Your CompactRIO system is now operational. Now walk through the steps for connecting your sensors and verifying the connections.

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