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Using an Arduino with LabVIEW (Ethernet Shield)

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The following sample code allows LabVIEW to communicate with an Arduino Uno fitted with an Ethernet shield.


The LabVIEW code consists of three sample VIs, one is used to talk to the Arduino using the LabVIEW TCP functions, the other VIs demonstrate checking the board is connected and controlling a digital output.


Simple single byte commands are sent to the Arduino along with any required data, and the Arduino always sends back a reply. In this way no other handshaking is required, and this method has so far been proven to be 100% reliable.


Hardware and Software Requirements


LabVIEW 2010 or later, Arduino Uno compatible board, Ethernet shield.


LabVIEW Functions


The Write Read VI opens a TCP connection to the board, sends out a simple string, then waits for a reply.




The Check Connected VI sends a single "A" character to the board then waits for the string "Arduino" to come back. This proves that the board is connected and communicating correctly.




The Set Digital Output VI is an example VI showing how simple digital control can be. It sends a single "B" character followed by a "0" or "1" which is used to set a digital output either high or low.




The sample code for the Arduino is included in the downloads.

Example code from the Example Code Exchange in the NI Community is licensed with the MIT license.