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Hardware Installation (CXP-12 Cameras)#

This topic tells you how to install a Basler CXP-12 camera, i.e., a Basler boost or a Basler ace 2 V camera.

Depending on your camera model, you can establish up to four CXP-12 connections.

General Considerations#

To operate your Basler CXP-12 camera, you need to install the following software and hardware components:

Available Accessories#

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

boost V cameras:

boost R cameras:

  • CoaXPress 2.0 data cable, Micro-BNC (HD-BNC)
    There are CoaXPress data cables of various lengths and also as drag chain versions available.
  • 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), M72x0.75-mount
  • Heat sink
  • Camera power supply, 18.0 W, M8 6-pin

For boost R cameras, 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 boost camera model.

ace 2 V cameras:

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

Installing the Camera#

Before You Start#

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

  • A Basler CXP-12 camera.
  • A computer equipped with a frame grabber or a suitable interface card, e.g., the Basler CXP-12 Interface Card 4C.
  • 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 (applies to boost cameras only), you need an external power supply.
    Make sure that the power supply meets the requirements listed in the topic about your camera model.
  • If required, a suitable lens.
    Contact Basler technical support if you need assistance in determining the best lens for your application.
  • If required, a suitable mount.
  • Depending on your camera model, up to four CoaXPress data cables with appropriate connectors.
  • As applicable, a power or a power and I/O cable with appropriate connectors.
  • As applicable, cooling elements, e.g., heat sinks.

boost Camera Connectors#

boost V Cameras#

boost V Connectors

boost R Cameras#

boost R Connectors

ace 2 V Cameras#

ace 2 V 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 or cap from the camera front.
  2. If required, attach a mount to the camera.
    Make sure that the mount is attached in the proper direction with the lens mount facing out.
  3. If required, 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).
        boost V cameras only: The connector labeled with "1" must be connected last.
    • If you are using an external power supply (boost cameras only)
      1. Connect the CoaXPress data cable(s) to the camera and interface card(s) or frame grabber(s) as described above.
      2. boost V cameras: Connect the power cable to the Hirose micro HR10A-7R-4S connector of the camera.
        boost R cameras: 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 or power cable to a power supply.
        Alternatively, you can use a power supply of the Basler Original Equipment range.
      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.