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Connect and Set Up Hardware

After you have software and drivers installed, the next step is to physically connect and then Set Up your hardware.

Select Your Platform

Choose the hardware applicable to you and follow the corresponding instructions to properly install and configure your system.


DAQ devices measure electrical or physical signals from a variety of sensors. DAQ hardware ranges from plug-and-play USB devices to large-channel-count PXI systems.

USB DAQ Devices NI USB DAQ hardware varies from low-cost, bus-powered devices to high-performance multifunction I/O with a range of I/O connectivity options.

CompactDAQ NI CompactDAQ is a small, modular DAQ system consisting of up to eight C Series I/O modules and a USB 2.0 or Ethernet chassis interface.

PCI/PCI Express and PXI/PXI Express DAQ Devices Plug-in DAQ hardware ranges from low-cost, multifunction PCI/PCI Express devices to high-performance, SC Express sensor measurement modules.

Analog Voltage Signals (for DC and AC voltage measurements)

Analog Output Signals (for generating DC and AC voltages)

Current Signals (for current measurements and 4–20 mA current loops)

Thermocouples (for temperature measurements)

Strain Gages (for stress, strain, and other bridge-based measurements)

Accelerometers (for acceleration and vibration measurements)

Digital Input Signals (for TTL and industrial digital logic levels)

Digital Output Signals (for TTL and industrial digital logic levels)

Quadrature Encoders (for position measurements)


The following set of documents provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring your CompactRIO hardware. Assemble your hardware and then configure your system for dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) or static IP addressing by completing the corresponding steps below.

Instrument Control

Choose the hardware applicable to you and follow the corresponding instructions to properly install and configure your system. After installation and configuration are completed, locate and download an instrument driver to get to measurements in the most efficient manner.

Instrument drivers are the fastest way to go from interactive mode to programming mode so you can directly begin writing your tests without a tedious transition process.

NI LabVIEW Users

Other Environment (CVI, ANSI C, .NET) Users