LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework 2.1 Readme

March 2018


This file contains important information about the LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework (802.11 Application Framework), including installation instructions, new features, and known issues.



Overview

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Documentation

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

IVI Compliance Package Functionality

Known Issues

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Overview

This software installation provides real-time physical layer (PHY) and lower and middle medium access control (MAC)-layer reference design based on the IEEE 802.11 wireless standard.


New Features

802.11 Application Framework 2.1 includes the following new features:


  • Lower and middle MAC support
  • An API that allows external applications implementing upper MAC functionalities to access functionalities of middle and lower MAC
  • Carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA), including retransmission support
  • Request-to-send (RTS), clear-to-send (CTS), and network allocation vector (NAV) support
  • 80 MHz bandwidth (802.11ac, up to modulation and coding scheme (MCS) number 4)

Supported Hardware

The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section.


  • USRP-2940/2942/2943/2944/2950/2952/2953/2954 Software Defined Radio Reconfigurable Device
  • PXIe-7975/7976 FPGA Module for FlexRIO
  • NI-5791 RF Adapter Module for FlexRIO
  • PXIe-8135 Controller
  • PXIe-1085 Chassis

Refer to the getting started guide for more information and a complete list of required hardware.


System Requirements

802.11 Application Framework 2.1 has the following requirements:


  • Processor—1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • RAM—16 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • Disk space—At least 20 GB
  • PXIe-1085—24 GB/s

Supported Operating Systems

802.11 Application Framework 2.1 supports Windows 8.11/7 SP12.


Note  In 2016, the 802.11 Application Framework dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. The 802.11 Application Framework 2.1 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use 802.11 Application Framework 2.1 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing 802.11 Application Framework 2.1, 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?.


Note 802.11 Application Framework 2.1 and later does not support Windows Server non-R2 editions.


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, Windows Embedded Standard 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.


NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.


Documentation

The documentation set for 802.11 Application Framework is composed of the following documents.


Document Format Description Location
LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework Manual Online help Contains detailed, technical information on how to use the software and included features. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code 80211AppFWManual
802.11 Application Framework Getting Started Guide PDF Contains software and hardware installation, configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for the 802.11 Application Framework. Available at ni.com/manuals
LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework 2.1 Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices. Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments\LabVIEW Comms 2.0\Content\National Instruments\Templates\Suite\802.11\802.11 v2.1

To access the LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.0 Manual, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code commsmanual. This manual includes the following information:


  • An introduction to LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite
  • Hardware device overviews
  • Information about how to get started with application development
  • A complete programming reference for all NI-USRP nodes

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/reader.


Installation Instructions

You must be an Administrator to install NI software on your computer.


Ensure that both LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.0 and NI-USRP 15.5 are installed before installing the 802.11 Application Framework.


  1. Visit the NI website to access the download page for the 802.11 Application Framework.
  2. Download the 802.11 Application Framework.
  3. Follow the instructions in the installation prompts.
    Note: Windows users may see access and security messages during installation. Accept the prompts to complete the installation.
  4. When the installer completes, select Restart in the dialog box that prompts you to restart, shut down, or restart later.

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.


IVI Compliance Package Functionality

The 802.11 Application Framework no longer installs IVI Compliance Package. The 802.11 Application Framework supports IVI configuration and runtime, but no longer supports the following features:
  • LabVIEW and CVI IVI class driver APIs for developing IVI interchangeable applications
  • IVI Class Simulation drivers
  • IVI-COM Adapters
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 2017 DVD.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in the 802.11 Application Framework 2.1.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

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:


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.



Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices


You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:


  • 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.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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