Getting Started With VirtualBench

Updated Aug 28, 2020

Environment

Hardware

  • VirtualBench All-in-One Instrument

Connect, install, and get started with the VirtualBench all-in-one instrument.

Get Started With a Windows PC

Follow the steps below to install the VirtualBench application for Windows and connect the hardware.
  1. Install the application if needed. The application is preloaded onto the VirtualBench hardware, so no installation is required. If you are connecting VirtualBench wirelessly or intend to use the application without hardware, the application needs to be installed on the computer.
  2. Connect the power cable to an outlet and into the VirtualBench hardware. Refer to image below for correct placement.
 

VirtualBench Back Panel Features
 
  1. Connect the VirtualBench hardware to your computer using a USB cable. Refer to Figure 1 for correct placement.

  • Run the application. You have several options.

  • To run the application from the hardware:

    • If Windows AutoPlay is enabled, the autolaunch window will appear after 60 to 90 seconds. Select VirtualBench to run the application.
    • If Windows AutoPlay is not enabled or to run the application manually, go to Start » Computer and select VirtualBench.
    • Go to Start » All Programs » National Instruments » VirtualBench and select VirtualBench to run the application
  • To run the application from the computer
    • Go to Start » All Programs » National Instruments » VirtualBench and select VirtualBench to run the application.


Get Started With an iPad

Follow the steps below to install the VirtualBench app for iPad and connect the hardware.
  1. Install the app from the App Store.  
  2. Connect the power cable to an outlet and into the VirtualBench hardware. Refer to image above for correct placement.
  3. Attach the antenna to the back of the VirtualBench hardware as indicated in image above.
  4. On your iPad, navigate to Settings » Wi-Fi and select the device. The default access point name is VB8012-<serial number>.The serial number is located on the bottom of the device.
  5. Open the app to begin using your instruments.