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Hardware Installation (CXP-12 Cameras)#

This topic tells you how to install a Basler boost CXP-12 camera.

Depending on your camera model, you can establish one or two CXP-12 connections.


To use the Basler boost CXP-12 camera, a Basler CXP-12 interface card or the Basler imaWorx CXP-12 Quad frame grabber must be installed.

You can also use frame grabbers by other manufacturers. In that case, observe the documentation of the corresponding manufacturers to ensure proper installation. The frame grabbers must be fully compliant with the CoaXPress Standard version 2.0. Basler recommends using devices with a maximum stream packet size ≥ 1 KByte.

General Considerations#

The Basler pylon Camera Software Suite must be installed. For information about the required pylon version, refer to the topic about your camera model. You can find your camera model in the "Models" section.

Basler offers a selection of accessories that allow you to operate your Basler boost CXP-12 camera:

  • CoaXPress 2.0 data cable, Micro-BNC x2 (HD-BNC), 3 m, 5 m, and 10 m (also available as drag chain versions)
  • Power-I/O cable M8 6p/open, 5 m, 10 m
  • C-mount, F-mount, M42x0.75-mount (FBD 16 mm), M42x1-mount (FBD 16 mm), M42x1-mount (FBD 45.56 mm)
  • Heat sinks
  • Camera power supply, 18.0 W, M8 6-pin

To get an overview of the range of accessories available for the boost camera series, visit the Basler website for cables, lenses, and additional accessories.

Basler also offers the Basler CXP-12 Evaluation Kit boost. This product bundle is designed to make it easier for you to select the right components for your Basler boost camera.

Make sure that the following items are available before starting the hardware installation:

  • A Basler boost CXP-12 camera.
  • A computer equipped with a frame grabber or an interface card, e.g., the Basler CXP-12 Interface Card 1C.
  • If you want to power the camera via the interface card or frame grabber (Power over CoaXPress (PoCXP)), make sure that the interface card or frame grabber is connected to the power supply of your computer.
  • If you aren't using PoCXP, you need an external power supply.
    Make sure that the power supply meets the requirements listed in the topic about your camera model.
  • A suitable lens for your camera.
    Contact Basler technical support if you need assistance in determining the best lens for your application.
  • A suitable mount.
  • One or two CoaXPress data cables with appropriate connectors.
  • As applicable, a Power and I/O cable with appropriate connectors.
  • As applicable, cooling elements, e.g., heat sinks.

Installing the Camera#

boost CXP-12 Connectors


  • Make sure that the camera is disconnected from any power supply and the host computer is shut down and unplugged from the power outlet.
  • Make sure that the camera is pointing down during the next installation steps to prevent dust from getting on the sensor.

To install the camera:

  1. Remove the protective seal from the camera front.
  2. Attach a mount to the camera.
    Make sure that the mount is attached in the proper direction with the lens mount facing out.
  3. Attach a suitable lens to the camera.
    Be careful not to insert the lens any deeper than specified in the Maximum Allowed Lens Intrusion topic.
  4. Provide sufficient heat dissipation.
  5. Connect the camera to the computer and power.
    • If you are using Power over CoaXPress (PoCXP)
      1. Connect the Micro-BNC (HD-BNC) connector(s) of the camera to the Micro-BNC port(s) of the interface card(s) or frame grabber(s) using the CoaXPress data cable(s).
    • If you are using an external power supply
      1. Connect the CoaXPress data cable(s) to the camera and interface card(s) or frame grabber(s) as described above.
      2. Connect the power I/O cable to the M8 6-pin connector of the camera.
        If you're building your own cables, observe the pin assignment detailed in the topic about your camera model.
      3. Connect the open end of the power I/O cable to a power supply.
        Alternatively, you can use the 18.0 W, M8 6-pin power supply of the Basler Original Equipment range which includes a cable with an M8 6-pin connector.
      4. Plug the power supply into a power outlet.
  6. Switch on the power to your host computer and let the computer boot up.
    The status LED(s) of the camera indicate different operating and connection states. Each LED indicates the status of a CXP connection via a Micro-BNC connector.
    For information about the different LED states and corresponding colors, refer to the topic about your camera model. You can find your camera model in the "Models" section.

Next Steps#

  • Use the pylon Viewer to check whether your camera has been detected, acquire images, display images, and adjust parameter settings to improve image quality.
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