This teardown we’ll be looking at a Dell PowerEdge 2161DS-2 console switch. These types of switches are used to remotely manage servers. Its case is suitable for 19 inch racks. A device like this can manage up to 128 servers.
The first two posts introduced this project and the things we tried to make the first prototype machines work. We eventually ended up using an Arduino Mega and some supporting electronics to control our first prototype machines. We are currently working on a more powerful and flexible electronics system for controlling pinball machines, and maybe even other devices.
In this teardown, we will take a look at an APC Smart-UPS 1000VA (SUA1000RMI2U). An UPS is a device that protects other devices from mains power failures by temporarily providing power from its batteries.
This is the second post in a series on building our own pinball machine. This post is more or less an addition to the first one, as it describes all the different things we experimented with before we were able to assemble the first prototype “machine”.
This post is the first one in a series of posts on the development of our own pinball machine. We, me and my father, started with this project somewhere in 2012. That year we bought a Bally Freedom (IPDB#952) EM pinball machine. The machine was in a bad shape and we thought it would be a cool project to restore the machine to its original state.