This file contains important information about NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet for Windows and LabVIEW Real-Time environment, including new features, installation and upgrade issues, compatibility issues, and a partial list of bug fixes.
|Caution The NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.3 software or later requires the NI 9882 module with the updated firmware. When you upgrade your software to the 2.3 version or later, check the software version of the media shipped with your NI 9882 module. If the version is not 2.3 or later, or you are not sure of the version number, NI recommends that you update the firmware. Otherwise, when you use NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.3 or later, firmware images corrupt or get mismatched. Ensure that you have appropriate hardware and software installed and complete one of the following tasks to update the firmware. |
The NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software provides the DeviceNet driver and VIs for you to configure and control DeviceNet devices on a DeviceNet network and to communicate with FPGA targets.
NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet supports the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. 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 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.
Notes Upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 with the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software installed might result in device configuration information damage and ostensible disconnection between devices. NI recommends that you reinstall the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software after upgrading the operating system.
Refer to KB 6CCA8MEG, Supported Hardware and Software for NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet, for a complete list of NI hardware and software supported by each version of the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet.
The maximum number of devices you can connect to a DeviceNet interface depends on the electrical characteristics of the devices on the network. If all of the devices on the network meet the DeviceNet specifications, you may connect 64 devices to the network.
Caution The NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software does not support the previous generation of the DeviceNet hardware products such as NI PCI-DNET, NI PCMCIA-DNET, and NI PXI-8461/D. Those products require an NI-DNET 1.x driver.
Before installing the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software, log on as Administrator or as a user with Administrator privileges. The NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 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 DeviceNet software:
Complete the following steps to install the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software on the RT target in NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX):
With this release, NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet drops support for Microsoft Windows 8.0, Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 16.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 16.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 16.0, 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 LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.
The NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 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 DeviceNet 16.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2016. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.3. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 14.5.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 14.5. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
|504396||The maximum IO length for Poll, COS and Cyclic should be 255 instead of 240|
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.1. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
|198387||Explicit messaging function block help does not explain how to write attributes|
|185016||PCI/PXI 8532 boards manual lacks hardware specifications section|
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.0.2. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
|288931||DeviceNet deployment executable fails to execute on a machine without LabVIEW|
Refer to the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet Help, accessible by selecting Help»NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet in LabVIEW, for information about using the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for the NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet software are in the labview\examples\NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet folder. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 2.1 or later is not an update for NI-DNET 1.x and the two products can be installed on the same system side by side. DeviceNet 2.1 or later provides NI-DNET 1.x compatible VIs, so the application using NI-DNET 1.x VIs can work with DeviceNet 2.1 or later on PCI-8532, PXI-8532 and NI 9882 with very limited code change.
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