Connecting to VirtualBench as an Access Point

NI VirtualBench Help

Edition Date: January 2017

Part Number: 371526G-01

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By default VirtualBench powers up in access point (AP) mode. Your computer must have wireless networking capability to establish a wireless connection.

  1. Install the VirtualBench application on your computer.
  2. Connect the antenna.
  3. Plug in the power cable.
  4. Connect the VirtualBench hardware to your computer using the USB cable.

    The VirtualBench application should start automatically. If it does not, refer to Why Doesn't the VirtualBench Application Start Automatically?.

  5. In the application, create a new wireless network.
    1. Click the wireless icon to open Network Configuration.
    2. Select Create new wireless network.
    3. Fill in a Network Name, Channel, and Security.
    4. Click Apply.
  6. Close the VirtualBench application.
  7. Open your computer's network settings and connect to the VirtualBench device.
  8. Disconnect the USB cable.
  9. Launch the VirtualBench application from your Start menu. Click Search for Device. The VirtualBench should be listed in the Select a device window.

If you are still having trouble connecting to the VirtualBench hardware, try the following tips:

  • Reset VirtualBench to the factory default mode.
    1. Close the VirtualBench application.
    2. Press and hold the reset button for five seconds or longer.

      After rebooting the device will default to VB80xx-<serial number> as the access point name. Refer to Reset Button for additional information.

    3. Open your computer's network settings and connect, or verify your connection, to the VirtualBench device.
    4. Launch the VirtualBench application from your Start menu. Click Search for Device. The VirtualBench should be listed in the Select a device window.
  • Disable your computer's firewall to make sure the firewall is not blocking the connection, or make sure your firewall settings allow for the network ports listed in the NI VirtualBench Specifications.
  • Disable any virtual machine network adapters such as VMWare. These adapters can route traffic incorrectly and cause the VirtualBench to not be discovered or used.
  • Verify that the antenna is connected.

Related information

Why Doesn't the VirtualBench Application Start Automatically?
How Do I Install the VirtualBench Application?
What Are the Different Ways to Run the VirtualBench Application?
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