How Do I Test My NI-USRP 292x Device?

Updated Mar 29, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • USRP-2920
  • USRP-2921
  • USRP-2922

Issue Details

We recently bought NI USRP device and we would like to test it to ensure its functionality. How can we test it? 

Solution

You have to perform the below steps in order to test the functionality of your device:
  1. Installing the NI USRP drivers before installing the hardware
  2. Setting up the network to enable communication with the device over gigabit Ethernet:
    1. The default IP address for the NI USRP-292x is 192.168.10.2
    2. Ensure the host computer uses a static IP address
    3. You may need to modify the network settings for the local area connection using the Control Panel on the host computer. Specify the static IP address in the Properties page for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
    4. Configure the host Ethernet interface with a static IP address on the same subnet as the connected device to enable communication, as shown in the following table
      ComponentAddress
      Host Ethernet interface static IP address192.168.10.1
      Host Ethernet interface subnet mask255.255.255.0
      Default USRP device IP address192.168.10.2
  3. Confirming Network Connection using NI-USRP Configuration Utility:
    1. Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»NI-USRP Configuration Utility from your Windows' Start Menu to open the NI-USRP Configuration Utility
    2. Select the Devices tab of the utility
    3. Your device should appear in the list on the left side of the tab
    4. Note: If your device is not listed, verify that your device is powered on and correctly connected, then click the Refresh Devices List button to scan for USRP devices
  4. Programming the NI USRP-292x:
    1. NI-USRP features a set of VIs and properties that exercise the functionality of the NI USRP-292x, including configuration, control, and other device-specific functions. Refer to the NI-USRP Help for information about using the instrument driver in your applications
    2. The instrument driver examples are instructional tools that demonstrate some of the functionality of the NI USRP-292x. You can use these examples separately or integrate them into your systems. NI-USRP includes examples for getting started and other SDR functionality. You can access the NI-USRP examples from the following locations:
      • From the Start menu at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP» Examples.
      • In LabVIEW from Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI‑USRP» Examples palette.

Additional Information

Due to then network bandwidth needed the NI USRP-292x devices only support Gigabit Ethernet connections. Their built-in network port is not backwards compatible to 100 Mbit/s connections.

 

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