RFmx Licensing Differences

Updated Jan 22, 2021

Reported In


  • PXIe-5831
  • NI-6584
  • PXIe-5820
  • NI-6583
  • PXIe-5668


  • RFmx

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I currently have some of Nationals Instruments Radio Frequency (RF) devices and wanted to know what is included in the RFmx driver and what requires a separate license. 


RFmx provides signal generation and analysis for general-purpose, connectivity, cellular, and aerospace/defense test applications. The installation of the driver can include any of the following software:
  • RFmx Waveform Creator
  • RFmx SpecAn
  • RFmx Demod
  • RFmx Noise Figure
  • RFmx Phase Noise
  • RFmx WLAN
  • RFmx Bluetooth
  • RFmx NR
  • RFmx LTE
  • RFmx WCDMA
  • RFmx EV-DO
  • RFmx CDMA2k
  • RFmx GSM
  • RFmx Analysis Only 
Everything within this list will require a license except RFmx Waveform Creator, RFmx Demod and the RFmx SpecAn. 

Note: Without any separate license the RFmx Waveform Creator will only allow creation of basic waveforms, such as AM and FM. In order to get access to the RF Cellular / Connectivity Standards which include more advanced features (WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE, etc.), you will need to purchase its respective license.