Archived:USB-9211, USB-9215, or USB-9161 Unavailable in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Updated Dec 22, 2023

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Reported In


  • USB-9215
  • USB-9211
  • USB-9161
  • USB-9162


  • NI-DAQmx Base 2.2

Issue Details

  • I have a USB-9211 or USB-9215. After I connect it, I can't use it with DAQmx driver. If I use USB-9211A or USB-9215A device, it's working without problems. What can I install or update to use these USB cards with DAQmx.
  • I can't get my USB-9161 to work and Windows tells me it can't find the driver.


The USB-9211, USB-9215, and USB-9161 cannot be used with NI-DAQmx driver. These devices are only compatible with the driver, NI-DAQmx Base 2.2 and earlier, as referenced in the USB-9211 Series User Guide and Specifications and USB-9215 Series User Guide and Specifications.

Note: NI-DAQmx Base is compatible with macOS 10.14 and earlier versions and starting 2018, NI-DAQmx for Linux is included with the NI Linux Device Drivers. Please check compatibility for Windows, Linux, and macOS for supported versions of this driver. For more information, please read the End-of-Life Announcement for DAQmx Base Driver .


Additional Information

NI-DAQmx Base 2.2 is only compatible with LabVIEW versions from 7.0 to 8.2.

The USB-9211 and the USB-9215 each consists of two components: the actual C Series module 9211 or 9215 and a USB 9161 carrier. The USB-9211A and USB-9215A also consist of two components: the same NI C Series 9211 or 9215 module, but a different USB carrier - USB-9162. It is possible to purchase the USB-9162 carrier, which will enable you to upgrade your USB-9211 or 9215 to the USB-9211A or 9215A.