Use Keysight (HP Agilent) GPIB Devices with NI Software

Updated Sep 4, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • GPIB-USB
  • GPIB-USB-HS

Software

  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-VISA
  • NI-488.2
  • GPIB Software

Other

  • Agilent 82357A/82357B
  • Agilent E4419A/E4419B

Issue Details

I have a Keysight (HP Agilent) GPIB instrument and I want to use it with NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) or LabVIEW.

Solution

In order to use the NI-VISA drivers and both the Keysight (HP Agilent) and NI GPIB devices, you will need to enable:

  • NIVISATulip.dll
  • NI 488.2 from within the Keysight (or Agilent) libraries

Complete the steps in the following document to enable NIVISATulip.dll: Using Both NI GPIB and Keysight HPIB Controllers in the Same System

 

Complete the following steps to enable NI 488.2, depending on the Connection Expert Version you have.

Note: During Version 17.x, the software name changed from Agilent Connection Expert to Keysight Connection Expert.

 

Keysight Connection Expert 17.x steps:

1. Under the Settings tab, select Options»Keysight 488 Options.

2. Check Enable Keysight GPIB cards for 488 programs.

 

Agilent Connection Expert 16.x and 15.x steps:

1. Select Tools»Agilent 488 from the pulldown menu.

2. Select the Agilent 488 Options tab.

3. Check Enable Agilent GPIB cards for 488 programs.
 

Agilent Connection Expert 14.x steps:

1. Under the Tools»Options Agilent 488 Options from the pulldown menu.

2. Check Enable Agilent GPIB cards for 488 programs.

Additional Information

This method only applies to Keysight/Agilent/HP's IEEE 488 interface cards.

If you are unable to communicate with your device and a VISA test panel in NI MAX fails, check the physical connections. If you are using a Keysight instrument with a NI GPIB-USB-HS, try adding a GPIB connector between the instrument and GPIB-USB-HS.

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