NI-USB-6211 Setup with Labview 8.x

NI-USB-6211 Setup with Labview 8.x

Keywords: Labview, NI-USB-6211

The photo depicts the NI-USB-6211 DAQ which allows you to capture and output analog and digital data to your computer. The big picture is connecting the NI-USB-6211 DAQ to your Windows XP computer for future plug and play use. Solving this completely is important because we will now be able to use Labview with I/O hardware by an easy plug and play device. This tutorial shows you how to install the NI-USB-6211 DAQ on your Windows XP computer and takes approximately 1 (fill in the blank) hours to complete.

Motivation and Audience

This tutorial's motivation is to show you how to get your NI-USB-6211 DAQ to work properly with your Windows XP computer. Readers of this tutorial assumes the reader has the following background and interests:

The rest of the tutorial is presented as follows:

Parts List and Sources

US-based vendors to obtain material to complete this tutorial include; Labview 8.x, NI-USB-6211 DAQ, CD-Rom Drive, free USB2.0 port, and an internet connection.

To complete this tutorial, you'll need the following items:

TABLE 1: Parts needed to install the NI-USB-6211 DAQ
Multifunction USB Bus-Powered DAQNational Instruments NI-USB-6211 DAQ$6991
Internet ConnectionNANANA1


This section gives step-by-step instructions along with photos to install the NI-USB-6211 DAQ on your Windows XP computer.

Step 1: Software Installation

  • Place the NI-DAQmx disc 1 of 2 that came with your NI-USB-6211 in your CD-Rom drive.
  • If the CD does not automatically start the installation program open the CD and double click on autorun.exe
  • In the installation program click the install button and follow the directions for installation. Please note that you should NOT change any of the setting, do a DEFAULT installation.
  • At the end of the installation it will ask you to restart your computer. Close all of your programs and save your work then restart your computer.

    Step 2: Hardware Installation and Conformation

  • Plug the USB cord that came with the NI-USB-6211 DAQ into the your unit and into one of your free USB 2.0 ports on your computer.
  • Your computer will automatically detect your device as a USB-621x Loader. Click next and have your computer find the drivers for your unit by its self.
  • After it has found the drivers from the previous part it will then automatically install the drivers for the USB-6211. If a prompt comes up to look for drivers for this, click next through it and have your computer automatically look for the drivers.
  • Go to Start Menu ' Programs ' National Instruments ' Measurement & Automation. Within this program check to make sure you have NI USB-6211: "Dev1" in you're My System/Devices and Interfaces/NI_DAQmx Devices tree. If you do not please visit http://www.ni.com/support/ for support.

    Final Words

    This tutorial's objective was to install the NI-USB-6211 DAQ on your Windows XP computer. Further information on the NI-USB-6211 DAQ can be found on National Instruments' website at http://www.ni.com/support

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