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How Can I Connect my cRIO 9154 to a PXIe Controller?

Updated Mar 7, 2019

Reported In


  • PXIe-8133
  • PXIe-1078
  • NI-9154
  • ExpressCard-8360

Issue Details

I have a PXI chassis 1078 with a PXIe controller 8133 and I want to connect it to a cRIO-9154 but I don’t know how to do it.



The NI 9154 is a chassis CompactRIO MXI-Express device, therefore as is said in the getting started document, it is required a MXI-Express x1 device.

There are several MXI-Express devices, but if you want to control the cRIO 9154 with your PXIe controller you particularly need an MXI ExpressCard. As it can be seen in the MXI-Express x1 user manual (Page 19), the required MXI is the NI Express Card-8360.

The NI Express Card-8360 side is connected in the ExpressCard/34 slot as it is seen in the NI 8133 User manual

The other side of the NI Express Card-8360 is connected to the cRIO 9154 upstream (2) or downstream (3) port depending on your configuration