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How to connect a Raspberry Pi to your FAST Neuron Controller

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Since we are just now in the process of creating the wiring guides for the recently-released 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.

  • Raspberry Pi plugs directly into the Neuron
  • When used, this replaces the host PC. The USB port will not be used as the Raspberry Pi communicates directly with the Neuron.
  • You can use a standard 30x30mm 5-volt fan (24x24mm mounting hole spacing, 3.25mm hole diameters)
  • Fan plugs into the fan jack. (Add a 2-pin 0.100" header)
  • Fan is controlled via the standard Raspberry Pi GPIO (Pin 31 / GPIO6)
  • Fan should be mounted to blow "in" (e.g. air is sucked through the Neuron and blows towards the Raspberry Pi)
  • Also use a heat sink on the Pi.

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