Which Drivers Do I Need in Addition to LabVIEW for BNC-2110 or PCI-GPIB?

Updated Feb 11, 2020

Reported In

Software

  • LabVIEW

Driver

  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
  • NI-Serial
  • NI-VISA

Issue Details

  • What software is needed in addition to LabVIEW to connect to my DAQ device, such as the PCI-GPIB or BNC 2110 breakout board?

Solution

Before installing NI software and other drivers, ensure the software installation order is correct.

The most common drivers utilized by NI customers and their summary descriptions can be found below.
  1. LabVIEW
    • National Instruments' graphical programming language. This software should be installed first, before all other NI software.
  2. NI-DAQmx
    • NI's basic data acquisition software. This driver includes basic API functions, DAQ Assistant and other Express VI's.
  3. NI-488.2
    • One of NI's drivers that provides relevant API necessary to communicate to devices via GPIB protocol.
  4. NI-Serial
    • One of NI's drivers that provides relevant API necessary to communicate to devices via serial commands.
  5. NI-VISA
    • NI's basic driver that provides relevant API necessary to communicate with instruments and drivers via basic VISA commands.

Additional Information

The NI Run-Time Engine software is needed to run NI applications, but the full driver are needed to develop code in the development environment. The full drivers are typically labeled online as simply the full driver name, without the "Run-Time Engine" label.