How Do I Find or Modify My Device's Name?

Updated Jul 20, 2021



  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx

  • I have several NI devices and I want to modify their names or "alias" in order to find them easily next time I connect them.
  • How can I find and modify my device's names?

To find and modify the names of the devices connected to a specific computer, you can:
  • To do so manually:
    1. Open Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI-MAX).
    2. Expand My System >> Devices and Interfaces where the devices are listed.
    3. Right-click the device you want to rename and select Rename.
  • You can also do this programmatically. Refer to the Related link section for examples of doing this.


NI-MAX will remember the module name on a specific slot of a specific chassis. If you move the module to a different location in the same chassis or a different chassis, you will need to rename it. The same happens if you insert a module on a previously named slot.