The network is the main part of Applied Energistics. It will allow you to store all your items and automate processes like crafting, smelting or pulverizing. If set up correctly, you are able to customize your network to a large degree since there are many different blocks and machines that can be added to fit your needs.
Setting up your networkEdit
To start a network there are only a few things needed:
- exactly one ME Controller (it won't work if you have more)
- a power source connected to your Controller
- at least one Storage Block (ME Drive or ME Chest)
The following are rather optional
- one ME Access Terminal or ME Crafting Terminal if you have chosen an ME Drive as your first Storage Block
- some ME Cable to connect your components
Note that every Storage Block will also need an ME Storage Cell to store Items.
The first step to getting your M.E. System working is to get an unlimited and unfaltering EU source, e.g. from a Nuclear Reactor or a solar farm (but you can use differrent types of energy too, such as MJ). Once you have a large power storage, recommended to be no smaller than an MFE, and there is unlimited power stored in it, you can hook it up to your ME controller; but make sure to use glass fibre cables and an LV transformer, because simple copper cables will not take the volume of EU and explode and the LV transformer will reduce the flow of EU that would overload the controller and blow it up. Now you need to get your storage chests down. Place some storage chests, recommended at least 5 (even the expensive 64K byte storage cell will only hold 63 slots), fill them with storage cells (64k, 4k or 1k) and hook them up to the controller with ME Cables. You can also use an ME Drive, which is like a chest but holds 10 storage disks instead of one. Each ME cable will use 1/16th of a 'unit' of energy (each 'unit' is 1/2EU/t), so make the chests close up to the controller. Once this is done, craft your ME Access Terminal and place it next to or near the controller. With that, your ME Storage system is now complete - enjoy looking down upon puny wooden chests and laughing smugly as they struggle to fit in 54 slots of 64 items.
ME Network ComponentsEdit
- ME Automated Assembler Chamber
- ME Crafting Terminal
- ME Crafting Monitor
- ME Interface
- ME Import Bus
- ME Export Bus
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