The LabVIEW Real-Time Module has the ability to target both PXI controllers and standard desktops. These systems differ from other hardware platforms in that they provide graphical output. After initial configuration, though, having an attached monitor is unnecessary and oftentimes impractical. But, viewing the console output can still be helpful in debugging. Thus, to bypass the monitor dependency, this tutorial explains how to use the RT Console Viewer, an application that can remotely view console output of real-time targets.
Before installing the RT Console Viewer application, please ensure that you have the following components:
Note: Only the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 8.6 is required for the PC running the Windows application, which is included in the installer
Installation of the RT Console Viewer software is a two-fold process. First, the application must be installed to a Windows computer using setup.exe. Then, the RT Console Viewer software must be installed to the real-time target using Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX). To complete this second step, expand the Remote Systems tree node in MAX so that all remote targets are shown. Locate the appropriate PXI/Desktop PC and expand its node. Finally, right-click on Software and select Add/Remove Software. Install the new entry RT Console Viewer 2.0 by left-clicking the X icon, selecting Install the feature., and clicking Next at the screen below:
Figure 1. How to install the RT Console Viewer 2.0 software in MAX
Figure 2. Successfully connected to a real-time PXI targetOnce connected, the RT Console Viewer provides two tools: Reboot Controller and Get Controller Info. These features aid in debugging and identifying the chassis. Get Controller Info returns the target's MAC address, model name, IP address, hostname, and reported status. Perhaps more helpful, though, are the options to Hold Screen and Save Screen. Hold Screen freezes all output while Save Screen writes the current output to a text file. Both can be used together to monitor and capture system behavior.
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