This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software.
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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.
The NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software supports the following operating systems:
Note The NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. The NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.
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.
Download the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT installer from ni.com/downloads. NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using Package Manager.
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The following table lists the supported EtherCAT masters and the earliest supported version of the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT.
|EtherCAT Master||Earliest Supported Version|
|All real-time embedded PXI controllers with the PXI-8231 or PXI-8232 Ethernet interface||2.0|
|PXIe-8840 Quad-Core with NI Linux Real-Time||18.5|
|PXIe-8880 with NI Linux Real-Time||18.5|
|PXIe-8861 with NI Linux Real-Time||19.0|
|All PXIe controllers with NI Linux Real-Time with the PXIe-8245 or PXIe-8246 Ethernet interfaces||21.3|
Note NI does not recommend using cDAQ real-time controllers with the NI 9145 EtherCAT slave device in FPGA mode, because cDAQ real-time controllers cannot read user-defined variables from the NI 9145 EtherCAT slave device. When using a cDAQ real-time controller as the master device, you can only read EtherCAT device signals from the LabVIEW I/O Variable Functions. You cannot read directly from the LabVIEW I/O variables.
Note If you use NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) to install the NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT software on real-time controllers, some controllers, such as the Embedded Vision System, require you to install the controller driver software. Otherwise, MAX cannot discover the controllers.
Note In NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 18.5, PXIe-8840 Quad-Core with NI Linux Real-Time and PXIe-8880 with NI Linux Real-Time are supported only for VeriStand. In NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 19.0 or later, this support no longer relies on VeriStand.
Note NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 21.5 supports only the non-primary built-in Ethernet port of PXI controllers with NI Linux Real-Time.
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.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. Navigate to the Hardware Input and Output»NI-Industrial Communications»EtherCAT folder to access the examples.
You can also find the examples for NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT® in the labview\examples\indcomecat folder.
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NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit https://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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