Quick Start Guide

This page addresses all the people who impatiently are awaiting their new gem to arrive and want to see it up and running quickly. Please proceed along the following steps:

  1. Check the package content. Besides the Instrument there should be a country-specific power cable, a USB cable and a hard copy of the user manual Getting Started.

  2. Check the Handling and Safety Instructions in Handling and Safety Instructions.

  3. Download and install the latest LabOne software from the Zurich Instruments homepage http://www.zhinst.com/downloads/. More detailed instructions are found in Software Installation.

  4. Connect the Instrument to the power line, turn it on and connect it to the PC using the USB cable. The front panel LED will show a steady blue color. If the LED does not turn blue, please contact Zurich Instruments for assistance.

  5. Start the LabOne User Interface. The default web browser will open and display your instrument in a start screen as shown below. Use Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Opera for best user experience.

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  6. Click the Open button on the bottom right of the page. The default configuration will be loaded and the first measurements can be taken. If the user interface does not start up successfully, please refer to Connecting to the Instrument.

  7. The HF2LI User Manual is included in a LabOne installation and can be accessed in Windows 10 via [1] Start Menu → Zurich Instruments → User Manual HF2 - LabOne.

If any problems are encountered whilst setting up the instrument and software please see the Troubleshooting at the end of this chapter.

Once the Instrument is up and running we recommend to go through some of the Tutorials. Moreover, the description of the LabOne User Interface in Functional Overview provides a general introduction to the various tools and settings tabs with tables in each section providing a detailed description of every UI element as well. For specific application know-how the Blog section of the Zurich Instruments web page will serve as a valuable resource that is constantly updated and expanded.


1. Under Windows 7 and 8, the User Manual can be found in Start Menu → All programs / All apps → Zurich Instruments → User Manual HF2 - LabOne.