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Connect to the Academic RIO Device file system with WebDAV

Mount the Academic RIO Device file system as a network drive on your Windows, Mac OS, or Linux system, and then directly manipulate the files as you would any other files on your system.

https://youtu.be/DXn1PA-hy-g (1:55)
NOTE: This procedure applies to Windows machines; see the document “Using WebDAV to Transfer Files to Your Real-Time Target” linked below for similar procedures for OS X and Linux machines.


  1. Install the “WebDAV Client with SSL Support” software add-on; learn how to manage your installed software set add-ons
  2. Set the “admin” password to secure your system – this step ensures that only authorized users can use WebDAV to access the file system
  3. Close the Web-Based Monitoring and Configuration tool – it cannot be open for the remaining steps
  4. Connect the Academic RIO Device by its USB cable to establish the “USBLAN” network with as the Academic RIO IP address
  5. Open a Windows Explorer window (Windows button + E)
  6. Click “Map network drive”
  7. Select a drive letter, e.g., “R:” for “RIO”
  8. Set “Folder” = “"
  9. Enable “Connect using different credentials”
  10. OPTIONAL: decide whether to enable or disable the “Reconnect at logon” option
  11. Click “Finish”
  12. Enter your Academic RIO Device credentials
  13. A new Windows Explorer window opens showing the Academic RIO Device file system
  14. Right-click on the mapped drive and choose “Disconnect”, if desired
NOTE: The “http” network connection is not encrypted; use “https” instead to establish a secure connection to the Academic RIO Device file system. However, as of this writing I have been unable to make this technique work on my own system.

To fix potential slow performance of the mapped drive:

  1. Select the “Windows Start” button and begin typing “Internet Options”; it should appear as a “Control Panel” item
  2. Select the “Connections” tab
  3. Click “LAN settings”
  4. Uncheck the “Automatically detect settings” option

Expect to see an immediate improvement in file access speed, although you may sometimes experience “quirky” behavior, e.g., right-clicking to create a new text document throws an error, but creates the file anyways.

For more information

  1. Using WebDAV to Transfer Files to Your Real-Time Target (http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/allkb/4EBE45E8A816B19386257B6C0071D025)
    Configure a WebDAV server on a RIO system and connect to it from Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems.