This file contains important information about the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software, including installation instructions, new features, and known issues.
The NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software provides an EtherCAT master driver to support the real-time EtherCAT network operations. Use the software with the LabVIEW Real-Time Module to configure the EtherCAT network and map the EtherCAT device signals to the LabVIEW I/O variables.
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 15.0 supports the following operating systems.
Note NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT supports only R2 editions of Windows Server.
To install the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software, install the following prerequisite software.
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW.
Before installing the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software, log on as Administrator or as a user with Administrator privileges. The NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software setup program must have Administrator privileges because the program modifies the configuration registry of your system. Complete the following steps to install the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software on the host computer.
Note After installing the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software on the host computer, if you want to use the software on a real-time controller, refer to NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT® Installation Guide to learn how to install the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software on the real-time controller. This manual is available in PDF-format in the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT media or in printed-format shipped with the media.
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Refer to Supported Hardware for NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT for the latest information about the hardware that the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software supports.
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT versions are now aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions now start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 15.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2015. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 2.7. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 14.0.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the National Instruments website for an up-to-date list of known issues in the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software.
Refer to the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT® Help, available by selecting Help»NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT from LabVIEW, for information about the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software.
LabVIEW examples for the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software are in the labview\examples\indcomecat folder. You can modify an example VI to fit an application or copy an example and paste the example to a VI you create.
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NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:
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