FlexLogger 2019 R1 Readme

January 2019

This file contains important information about FlexLogger, including system requirements, installation instructions, and supported hardware.


System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Supported Hardware

Accessing the Help

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Use FlexLogger to configure a NI data acquisition (DAQ) measurement system to acquire, visualize, and log sensor-based data.

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System Requirements

FlexLogger has the following minimum system requirements:

 Operating System  RAM/Processor  Required Software1
  • 64-bit version of Windows 10/8.12/7 SP13
  • 1024 x 768 resolution (1366 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • Pentium 4 G1 equivalent (Intel i5 equivalent or higher recommended)
  • 4 GB disk space
  • 4 GB RAM
  • (Required) NI-DAQmx software 18.5 or higher
  • (Required) NI-XNET software 18.5 or higher

1 Required drivers are included with the FlexLogger installer.

2 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 requires Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

3 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.

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Installation Instructions

Complete the following steps to install FlexLogger.

  1. Log into Windows using an Administrator account. Contact your IT department if you do not have Administrator access.
  2. Perform one of the following:
    • If you have physical media, insert the FlexLogger media into the appropriate drive of your PC. Follow the instructions as prompted. When prompted to reboot, log into the same Windows account you used to run the installer.
    • Download the appropriate FlexLogger installer from ni.com/downloads. Locate and double-click the executable to begin installation. Follow the instructions as prompted.

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Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

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New Features

  • Added hardware support for:
    • NI 9231
    • FD-11601
    • FD-11614
  • Enhanced system visualization in Channel Specification
  • RMS and Mean averaging of channels added to Channel Specification
  • Screen visualization shows minimum and maximum data values in visible range

Note: The FlexLogger Readme included on the installer incorrectly lists support for CAN output. CAN output is not supported in FlexLogger 2019 R1 .

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Supported Hardware

The following lists detail the hardware models supported in FlexLogger.


CompactDAQ Chassis

  • cDAQ-9171
  • cDAQ-9174
  • cDAQ-9178
  • cDAQ-9179
  • cDAQ-9181
  • cDAQ-9184
  • cDAQ-9185
  • cDAQ-9188
  • cDAQ-9188XT
  • cDAQ-9189
  • Note: FlexLogger supports synchronization between TSN-enabled CompactDAQ chassis (cDAQ-9185 and cDAQ-9189) provided they are a part of your local 802.1AS subnet. Refer to your chassis documentation, available on ni.com/manuals, for more information.

  • cDAQ-9191

C Series Voltage Input Modules

  • NI 9201
  • NI 9202
  • NI 9205
  • NI 9206
  • NI 9209
  • NI 9215
  • NI 9220
  • NI 9221
  • NI 9222
  • NI 9223
  • NI 9224
  • NI 9225
  • NI 9228
  • NI 9229
  • NI 9238
  • NI 9239
  • NI 9242
  • NI 9244
  • NI 9251

C Series Voltage Output Modules

  • NI 9263
  • NI 9264
  • NI 9269

C Series Current Input Modules

  • NI 9203
  • NI 9208
  • NI 9227
  • NI 9246
  • NI 9247

C Series Current Output Modules

  • NI 9265
  • NI 9266

C Series Voltage and Current Input Modules

  • NI 9207

C Series Sound and Vibration Input Modules

  • NI 9230
  • NI 9231
  • NI 9232
  • NI 9234
  • NI 9250

C Series Temperature Input Modules

  • NI 9210
  • NI 9211
  • NI 9212
  • NI 9213
  • NI 9214
  • NI 9216
  • NI 9217
  • NI 9226

C Series Universal Analog Input Modules

  • NI 9218
  • NI 9219

C Series Strain/Bridge Input Modules

  • NI 9235
  • NI 9236
  • NI 9237

C Series Counter Input Modules

  • NI 9361
  • Note: FlexLogger does not support pull-up resistor functionality. To enable pull-up resistor functionality, you will need to install an external pull-up resistor on the line.

    Note: 5 V differential (TTL) and single-ended (RSE) 24 V input are supported. For RSE input, however, FlexLogger does not support changing the input voltage threshold and uses the default level of 2.5 V.

C Series Digital Modules

  • Serial Digital I/O Modules
    • NI 9375
    • Note: The NI 9375 must have all lines set to input or to output in a project.

    • NI 9403
    • NI 9425
    • NI 9426
    • NI 9476
    • NI 9477
    • NI 9478
  • Parallel Digital I/O Modules
    • NI 9344
    • NI 9401
    • NI 9402
    • NI 9411
    • NI 9421
    • NI 9422
    • NI 9423
    • NI 9435
    • NI 9436
    • NI 9437
    • NI 9472
    • NI 9474
    • NI 9475
    • NI 9481
    • NI 9482
    • NI 9485

Note: You cannot use parallel and serial modules together on the same FlexLogger project unless they are installed in separate cDAQ chassis.

C Series CAN and Vehicle Multiprotocol Interface Modules

  • NI 9860

    Note: FlexLogger only supports the TRC-8542 and TRC-8543 transceiver cables.

  • NI 9861
  • NI 9862

CAN Interface Devices

  • NI USB-8502


Voltage Input Device for FieldDAQ

  • FD-11601

    Note: External powered sensor configuration for the FD-11601 cannot be performed in FlexLogger. To configure these settings in MAX, click Show in MAX on the FD-11601 in your FlexLogger Channel Specification.

  • FD-11603

Temperature Input Device for FieldDAQ

  • FD-11613
  • FD-11614

Strain/Bridge Input Device for FieldDAQ

  • FD-11637

Note: FlexLogger supports synchronization between TSN-enabled FieldDAQ devices provided they are a part of your local 802.1AS subnet. Refer to your device documentation, available on ni.com/manuals, for more information.

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Accessing the Help

Refer to the FlexLogger Manual, accessible from Help»Online manual, for more information about using FlexLogger.

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Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

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.

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Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

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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Legal Information


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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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  • Notices are located in the <National Instruments>\_Legal Information and <National Instruments> directories.
  • EULAs are located in the <National Instruments>\Shared\MDF\Legal\license directory.
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