Configuring NI-VISA to Control Your USB Device

NI-VISA 15.0 Help

Edition Date: June 2015

Part Number: 370131S-01

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This topic explains how to configure a USB RAW device to be controlled by NI-VISA 3.0 on a Windows-based computer. If you are using a USBTMC-compatible device, connect your device and skip to Test Communication with NI-VISA Interactive Control.

At this point, NI-VISA should be installed on your computer, and your USB device should not be connected. Also, you should not have installed a driver for your USB device. There are three steps to configuring your USB device to use NI-VISA:

  1. Create the .inf file using the NI-VISA Driver Wizard.
  2. Install the .inf files and USB device.
  3. Test communication with VISA Interactive Control.

This tutorial uses a National Instruments DAQPad-6020E as an example USB device installed on a Windows XP system. Because this tutorial explains how to configure of a generic USB device, it does not discuss details specific to the DAQPad-6020E. Remember that NI-DAQ is the only supported DAQPad-6020E driver.

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