You can connect the roboRIO to a host computer by using one of the following methods:
USB device connection—When you use a USB cable to connect the roboRIO from the USB device port to a host computer, the LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit installs a USB driver on the host computer. The USB driver then creates a virtual network interface card and assigns an IP address to the roboRIO in the format 172.22.11.x.
Ethernet connection—When you use an Ethernet cable to connect the roboRIO to a host computer, you can control the roboRIO and deploy VIs to the roboRIO through an Ethernet network. To learn about configuring Ethernet on the roboRIO, launch LabVIEW, click the Set Up and Explore link, and select Configure Ethernet.