To use Workbench you need to configure it so that it knows about your robot and the programs that you
want to download to it. There are three areas that need to be set up.
1. The target remote system, which is the cRIO that you will use to download and debug your
programs.
2. The run or debug configuration that describes the program to be debugged and which remote
system you want to debug it on.
3. The FIRST Downloader settings that tell which program should be deployed onto the cRO when
you are ready to load it for a competition or operation without the laptop.
Creating a Remote System in Workbench
Workbench connects to your cRIO controller and can download and remotely debug programs running on
it. In order to make that connection, Workbench needs to add your cRIO to its list of Remote Systems.
Each entry in the list tells Workbench the network address of your cRIO and has a kernel file that is
required for remote access. To create the entry for your system do the following steps.
Note: the Reset connected target (reboot the server) option doesn’t
work reliably and other features seem to have issues unless the “Console
out” switch on the cRIO is set to on. Normally this switch enables the
console output for viewing with a serial port, but leaving it on even if
there is no serial cable connected improves the system reliability.

Using Wind River Workbench Setting up the environment

Wind River Workbench


Right-click in the empty area in
the “Remote Systems” window.
Select “New Connection”.
In the “Select Remote System
Type” window select “Wind
River VxWorks 6.x Target
Server Connection” and click
“Next”.


Right-click in the empty area in
the “Remote Systems” window.
Select “New Connection”.
In the “Select Remote System
Type” window select “Wind
River VxWorks 6.x Target
Server Connection” and click
“Next”.


Fill out the “Target Server
Options” window with the IP
address of your cRIO. It is
usually 10.x.y.2 where x is the
first 2 digits of your 4 digit
team number and y is the last
two digits. For example, team
190 (0190) would be 10.1.90.2.
You must also select a Kernel
Image file. This is located in the
WindRiver install directory in
the WPILib top level directory.
This is typically called
“C:\WindRiver\WPILib\VxWor
ks”.


If the cRIO is turned on and
connected you will see the
target server entry populated
with the tasks currently running.


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