Testing Communication with your Device using VISA Interactive Control

NI-VISA 15.0 Help

Edition Date: June 2015

Part Number: 370131S-01

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Complete the following steps to ensure basic communication with your instrument.

Note Note  This topic applies only to message-based instruments.
  1. Launch VISA Interactive Control by navigating to Start»All Programs»National Instruments»VISA»VISA Interactive Control. (Windows 8) Click NI Launcher and select VISA»VISA Interactive Control in the window that appears.
  2. Double-click your instrument in the Devices tree.
    Note Note  If your device is not listed, ensure it is properly connected and click the Refresh button.
  3. Click Input/Output at the top of the window that appears.
  4. On the Basic I/O tab, select *IDN?\n from the Select or Enter Command drop-down list.
  5. Click Query.
    Note Note  Not all instruments support this command. Refer to your device documentation for a supported command.


Verify that the read operation returns the correct manufacturer and model.

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