Installing and Configuring NI Ethernet DAQ Devices

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Before You Begin

This document provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring your Ethernet NI DAQ device. Before you begin, you must install your application development environment and NI-DAQmx driver software. Refer to the Installing NI LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx document for more information. 

For each device, follow the steps below to set up the Ethernet DAQ hardware and NI-DAQmx software.

NI Ethernet C Series DAQ Hardware

Each Ethernet C Series DAQ device is a combination of an NI ENET-9163 Ethernet carrier and a C Series measurement I/O module. The ENET-9163 provides Ethernet connectivity back to a host PC. NI C Series modules combine A/D converters, signal conditioning, and signal connectivity in one package for measuring or generating one or more specific types of signal.

Figure 1. NI Ethernet and Wireless C Series Components

Mounting Options

You can mount Ethernet DAQ devices on a desktop, on a 35 mm DIN-Rail, or on a panel/wall. Your installation must meet the following requirements:

  • Allows 25.4 mm (1 in.) of clearance above and below the NI ENET-9xxx Series device for air circulation.
  • Allows 50.8 mm (2 in.) of clearance in front of modules for common connector cabling, such as the 10-terminal detachable screw terminal connector.

Desktop Use

You can use the NI ENET-9xxx Series device on a desktop. Figure 2 shows the stacking grooves for NI ENET-9xxx Series devices, and where to apply the rubber standoffs for the NI ENET-9xxx devices. For secure desktop use, you can adhere the supplied rubber standoffs to the underside of the device.

Figure 2. Stacking Grooves (1) and Rubber Standoffs (2) for Desktop Use

DIN Rail Mounting

The DIN-Rail Mounting Kit (not included with ENET-9xxx devices, part number 779689-01) contains one clip for mounting the device on a standard DIN-Rail. To mount the device on a DIN-Rail, fasten the DIN-Rail clip to the device using a number 2 Phillips screwdriver and four M4 × 17 screws. The screws are included in the DIN-Rail kit. Make sure the DIN-Rail kit is installed as illustrated in Figure 3, with the larger lip of the DIN-RAIL positioned up. When the DIN-Rail kit is properly installed, the NI ENET-9xxx Series device is centered on the DIN-Rail.

Figure 3. NI WLS/ENET-9xxx Series Device DIN-Rail Installation

Panel Mounting

Thread inserts are located in the NI ENET-9xxx Series device for mounting it to a panel. You should remove the C Series I/O module from the NI ENET-9163 carrier before you mount the carrier to the panel. After the NI ENET-9163 carrier is mounted, you can reinsert the C Series module. Refer to Figure 4 for dimensions.

Figure 4. Device Panel Mounting Dimensions

Setting Up NI Ethernet C Series DAQ Hardware

Complete the following steps to prepare your NI ENET-9xxx Series device for use:

  1. Make sure no cables/signals are connected to the C Series I/O module or the NI ENET-9163 carrier. Remove any protective covers from the C Series I/O module connector.
  2. Squeeze both module latches of the C Series I/O module and insert it into the NI ENET-9163 empty module slot. Press until both latches lock the module in place, as shown in Figure 1 above.
  3. Make sure the NI ENET-9xxx Series device power is disconnected.
  4. Attach a ring lug, as shown in Figure 5, to a 14 AWG (1.6 mm) wire. Connect the ring lug to the ground terminal on the bottom of the device using the ground screw. Attach the other end of the wire to the system ground.

Figure 5. Ring Lug (1) Attached to the Ground Screw

  1. Additionally, attach a wire with a ring lug to all other C Series I/O module cable shields. You must connect this wire to the ground terminal of the device using the ground screw. The ground terminal of the device should not be attached to the common terminal on the C Series I/O module.
  2. Power on the NI ENET-9xxx Series device using the included power adapter or other 9–30 VDC power source. The POWER LED will light up.
  3. Use the RJ45 port located on the NI ENET-9xxx Series device interface to connect the device to an Ethernet network. Use a standard Category 5 (CAT-5) Ethernet cable (a shielded cable is recommended) to connect the NI ENET-9xxx Series device to an Ethernet hub or directly to a computer. The NI ENET-9163 supports auto-crossover, so you can either use a standard Category 5 Ethernet cable or an Ethernet crossover cable to connect the NI ENET-9xxx Series device directly to your computer.

Configuring NI-DAQmx for NI Ethernet DAQ Devices

Complete the following steps to configure your NI-DAQmx software for use with NI Ethernet DAQ hardware:

  1. Launch Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).
  2. Expand Devices and Interfaces, right-click Network Devices, and select Find Network NI-DAQmx Devices.

Figure 6. Find Network NI-DAQmx Devices

    If you plugged your device into an Ethernet port on your local subnet or directly into your computer, the device should appear in the list of available devices.

  1. Put a checkmark next to your device in the Available Devices window and click Add Selected Devices to add the device to MAX. The device will be listed under Network Devices in the configuration tree.

Figure 7. Adding ENET-9xxx Devices to Devices and Interfaces

    If your device does not appear in Available Devices, wait until the POWER LED on the device is green and the STATUS LED turns off, then click Refresh List. If the device does not appear, try the following:

  1. If you connected your device directly to your computer, ensure your network card is configured to obtain an IP address automatically, then click Refresh List.
  2. If you plugged your device into an Ethernet port that is not on your subnet, try using its hostname. If your DHCP server is set up to automatically register hostnames, the device registers the hostname as ENET-<serial number>. Enter the hostname into the Add Device Manually field, and click the + button.
  3. If you know the device IP address, such as, enter it into the Add Device Manually field, and click the + button.

If your device still does not appear, contact your system administrator to confirm that the network is working and that a firewall is not interfering with discovery. For additional troubleshooting resources for the NI ENET-9163, refer to the KnowledgeBase document, Troubleshooting Resources for the NI WLS/ENET-9163.

  1. Select your device under Network Devices to open the Network Config tab.

Figure 8. Network Configuration in MAX

  1. Enter the following information in the General Network Settings section:
    1. Hostname— The default is ENET-<serial number>. This field is limited to 32 characters.
    2. Comment—Use this field to enter notes, such as the device location.
  2. Select DHCP + Link-Local, DHCP, Static, or Link-Local from the Obtain IP Address Through pull-down menu.

Figure 9. IP Address Settings

  1. If you selected DHCP from the Obtain IP Address pull-down menu, the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Server fields are automatically populated after you save your settings. Otherwise, ask your network administrator for the correct settings.
  2. Click Save Settings. Click OK when the Apply Changes? dialog opens. You may have to wait up to a minute while the device reboots and establishes a network connection. Press the Refresh button on the Network Config tab if the Link Status does not change to “Up” after a couple of minutes.
  3. Right-click the device name and select Self-Test. When the self-test finishes, a message indicates successful verification or if an error occurred.

Figure 10. Self-Test

Register Your Products

After rebooting your computer or adding new hardware to your system, you may see the NI Product Registration Wizard appear. Please take a moment to register your NI products to receive:

  • Important product and driver updates
  • Calibration reminders to keep your hardware in compliance
  • Notifications about warranty expiration
  • Simplified asset management for all your products on
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