Can't Find RIO Connected via USB in NI-MAX

Updated Dec 18, 2019

Reported In


  • myRIO Student Embedded Device
  • CompactRIO Controller


  • NI CompactRIO

Issue Details

I have connected a CompactRIO (cRIO), Single-Board RIO (sbRIO), or myRIO via USB to my computer, and NI-MAX doesn't identify the RIO. How can I find the device to add to NI-MAX?


The easiest way to find a connected USB RIO (Compact Reconfigurable I/O) device is to add it to NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX) manually via the default IP address:
  1. Unplug all USB RIO devices.
  2. Plug your USB RIO device in via USB. If your device has multiple USB Ports (like the cRIO-9045), plug into the Dual Role port to see it from your computer.
  3. In NI-MAX, right-click the Remote Systems tree item and select Create New.
  4. Select Remote Device (not on the local subnet).
  5. In the IP Address field, enter All RIO devices are assigned this IP address by default when plugged in via USB, regardless of what the Ethernet settings are configured to.
  6. Click Next, and NI MAX should display the information for your RIO target. Click Finish and the device should now be listed under Remote Systems.
If you are still unable to connect, ensure that you have installed the correct drivers for your RIO device.