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8163A Lightwave Multimeter System Firmware

This software does not update modules

You may own an earlier firmware revision on your 8163A. While the 8163A is booting it checks automatically compliance of firmware and modules installed. In case of non-compliance you will be notified to update the firmware.

To make the 8163A compliant with newer modules by updating the firmware, you do not need to return to Keysight Technologies.

Follow the Update Procedure below to install the newest firmware revision on your 8163A Mainframe.

8163A Firmware Upgrade Procedure

To install the latest firmware revision for the Keysight 8163A, you will require a PC, running MS Windows 95/98/2000/XP or NT 4.0 and a serial null-modem cable (supplied with your Keysight 8163A mainframe).

Download the file below to a directory on your PC.

  1. Connect the serial cable.
  2. Run the execute file and extract the contents to a directory on your PC.
  3. Click on HPFlashWinR5.exe to start the HPFLASH software.
  4. Click on the ''File Selection'' button, the file selection box appears.
  5. Move to the file "63_flxxx.bin" and click on OK. (63_flxxx.bin - xxx represents latest revision no.)
  6. Click on ''Port Settings''.
  7. Select the com port where the serial cable is connected.
  8. Choose the maximum baud rate.
  9. Click on OK.
  10. Turn on the 8163A and wait for the first beep.

    - Now you must be quick:
  11. Press and hold the [Preset] hardkey.
  12. Still holding [Preset], press and hold the [Aux] hardkey.
  13. Still holding [Preset] and [Aux], press and hold the [Appl] hardkey.
    Tip: As this procedure takes only a second, use three fingers and place them near the hardkeys in advance!
  • If you were successful, you hear a double beep and the display shows that the instrument is in download mode.
  • Otherwise, turn off the power and try again.
  • Click on ''Program'' and wait until the download completes. The instrument will reboot with the new firmware.
Release Date Version Version Description
2010-11-22 5.25 8163A Lightwave Multimeter Firmware with support of Reference Receiver and Reference Transmitter optical modules

How to Download

  • See Above

How to Install

  • See Above


  • Does Not Require a License

Installs on:



  • Information Not Available

Supported Instruments

  • 8163A