This file contains important information about NI-VNA, including new features, system requirements, supported hardware, and known issues.
This software installation provides support for customers using vector network analyzer hardware, as specified in the Supported Hardware section. To program your vector network analyzer, use the NI-VNA instrument driver or the NI-VNA Soft Front Panel (SFP).
The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using a vector network analyzer.
NI-VNA 18.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2018 (32- and 64-bit)
NI-VNA 17.5 includes the following new features:
NI-VNA 17.0 includes the following new features:
NI-VNA 16.0 includes the following new features:
The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section.
Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI Vector Network Analyzers Help.
NI-VNA 18.0 has the following requirements:
NI-VNA 18.0 supports the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.
2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1 requires Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.
Note In 2016, the NI-VNA dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. The NI-VNA will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the NI-VNA to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the NI-VNA, 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.
For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does My NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.
Note Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.
NI-VNA 18.0 supports the following application software versions, including service packs. You should install application software, such as LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™ or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-VNA. To add support for application software installed after installing NI-VNA, modify your NI-VNA installation or launch the NI-VNA installer again.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by NI-VNA|
|LabVIEW||2015 SP1, 2016, 2017 SP1, or 2018|
|LabWindows™/CVI™||9.0.1 and later|
|Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC)||6.0 or later|
NI-VNA VIs are available in LabVIEW from the Functions»Measurement I/O»NI-VNA palette.
NI-VNA functions are available in LabWindows/CVI from the Instrument menu. To load the NI-VNA function panel (.fp), select Instrument»Load, and navigate to IVI\Drivers\niVNA\niVNA.fp.
You can use the NI-VNA C dynamically linked library by adding a reference to:
To launch the NI-VNA SFP, navigate to Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-VNA»VNA Soft Front Panel.
Select Help»Find Examples in LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI to launch the NI Example Finder and navigate to Hardware Input and Output»Modular Instruments»NI-VNA. You can also select the Search tab to search all installed examples by keyword.
All installed NI-VNA examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI are accessible from Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-VNA»Examples.
Documentation for NI-VNA is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-VNA»Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.
|NI Vector Network Analyzers Help||HTML/Windows Help||Contains primary help content for vector network analyzers. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information: |
|Getting started guide for your device||Printed and PDF||Contains software and hardware installation, MAX configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.|
|Specifications for your device||Lists technical specifications for your device.|
|Calibration procedures for your device||Contains calibration instructions for your device.|
|NI-VNA Readme||HTML (this document)||Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.|
|Introduction to niVNA||HTML||Contains information about driver documentation, examples, connecting to your instrument, configuring instrument settings, and known issues.|
|NI-VNA IVI Compliance Document||TXT||Contains information about IVI compliance.|
For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.
Note To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/acrobat.
Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about National Instruments products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from National Instruments.
NI-VNA 18.0 no longer installs IVI Compliance Package. NI-VNA 18.0 supports IVI configuration and runtime, but no longer supports the following features:
If you want to use the above features, you must install IVI Compliance Package separately, either from ni.com/downloads or from the NI Device Drivers 2018 DVD.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website at for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-VNA 18.0.
NI-VNA contains third-party software for which the following licenses and notices apply:
You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.
When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.
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