Can I Use LabVIEW to Program My Ettus Branded USRP?

Updated Jun 18, 2019

Reported In

Hardware

  • USRP Software Defined Radio Device
  • USRP Software Defined Radio Reconfigurable Device

Software

  • LabVIEW FPGA Module
  • LabVIEW

Driver

  • NI-USRP

Issue Details

I have an Ettus branded USRP, but I want to use LabVIEW with the NI-USRP driver or program the device FPGA using LabVIEW FPGA.  How can I set up the device to do this?

Solution

Although some Ettus USRPs can be used with NI software, not all Ettus branded USRPs are supported by LabVIEW, LabVIEW FPGA, or the NI-USRP driver.  Below is a list of the Ettus products which are supported by NI software:
  • Ettus Research USRP2
  • Ettus Research B200/B210* (see additional information below)
  • Ettus Research N200
  • Ettus Research N210
  • Ettus Research X300
  • Ettus Research X310
These devices are supported if using any of the following daughterboards:
  • TwinRX
  • UBX
  • CBX
  • CBX-120
  • WBX
  • WBX-120
  • SBX
  • SBX-120
  • XCVR2450
If you are using one of these products, you can update the firmware and FPGA images to use the NI-USRP driver or you can use LabVIEW FPGA if the device has a user programmable FPGA.

Additional Information

Because the B200/B210 connect to the host via USB 3.0, you will need to download the Ettus USB Hardware Driver in addition to the NI-USRP driver before the device will be recognized in LabVIEW. You also neet to utilize the NI-USRP Configuration Utility to rename your device so it can be identified by name with LabVIEW. You have to give the card a name to use it with LabVIEW.




Although not officially supported, other daughterboards may work correctly with LabVIEW FPGA or with the NI-USRP driver, however they have not been tested in these configurations by National Instruments.

Other Ettus branded devices must be programmed with the UHD driver (maintained by Ettus).

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