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How to wire your FAST Neuron Controller

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The voltages and electricity discussed here can be dangerous and could cause property loss or death. It is your responsibility to ensure you are comfortable doing the things discussed here. Furthermore your local jurisdiction may have regulations or rules which differ from what we discuss here, including wiring colors, standards, techniques, etc. Seek professional guidance from someone local to you if you are unsure of anything you're doing here. Also there could be errors, omissions, or typos here. Use this content at your own risk.

This guide is for FAST Neuron-powered machines only

This wiring guide is for pinball machines powered by a FAST Neuron Controller. If you have a FAST Nano Controller, please see the Nano wiring guide.

The Neuron wiring guides are incomplete works-in-progress

NOVEMBER 2022 UPDATE: We are in the process of creating & updating the wiring guides for FAST Pinball Neuron-based systems. We are publishing our work-in-progress docs to get as much information out as soon as possible. If you have questions or want clarifications, please reach out via email to me (Brian), via brian@fastpinball.com.

Since we are just now in the process of creating the wiring guides for the upcoming general availability of the FAST Neuron Controller, this guide is not yet complete.

But here's our brain-dump / notes of what will be included in this document, as well as some high level thoughts about it.

  • The neuron is designed to go in the backbox
  • LED ports are designed for backbox LEDs
  • Playfield / topper LEDs should come from local expansion boards
  • Breakout connectors on the Neuron are designed for backbox things. The smart power filter board will be one of them
  • Explain that the breakout and LED headers are really a "built-in" expansion board
  • Talk about all the other headers with links: the soft start, PC control
  • Explain the RPi connector
  • The 5 RJ-45 connectors, loop network (in/out), the two EXP ones are interchangeable but not a loop, DSP for sound card, segments, or DMD.

Documentation Feedback? Requests? Confused?

Hi! I'm Brian, and I'm responsible for the documentation at FAST Pinball. If you have any feedback, requests, corrections, ideas, or any other thoughts about this documentation, please let me know! You can email me at brian@fastpinball.com. Thanks!

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