MasterClass Lesson 10: Splitters and Hubs
Lesson 10: Splitters and Hubs
Splitters and Hubs are other main components to creating awesome circuits. Though they may seem similar, they actually do the opposite of one another. A Splitter will take one signal and split it in many different directions, whereas a Hub will take many different signals as inputs and use them to activate one thing.
One or multiple Power Inputs
Splitters have only one Power Input. They will take that one input signal and split it into multiple Outputs. Hubs have multiple inputs. Any signal received in their inputs will activate their output.
One or multiple Power Outputs
Type: Continuous signal
Splitters have many different outputs and they will all be activated simultaneously when an input is received. Hubs have only one output that will be activated if any of its inputs are activated.
Do you understand the difference yet? Don't worry, you can follow the instructions below and get a feel for how Splitters and Hubs really work!
Let's start with a Splitter. To set it up, you'll need one Switch, one 4-Wire Output Splitter and 4 Blockades. Set them up like this:
Open the Wire Menu and select the Switch. Connect the Switch's Power Output A into the Splitter.
Next, connect each Power Output of the Splitter into the Blockades. Do not connect the Blockades together! The Splitter connects to each Blockade all on its own.
Now close the Wire Menu and try the Switch! You'll see that the signal from the Switch is split in 4 and sent to all the Blockades, without them being connected together. This is very useful to activate a few different things with only 1 signal.
Now, onto the Hub! For this demonstration, you'll need one 4-Wire Input Hub, one Blockade and 4 Switches. Set them up like this:
Open the Wire Menu and select the Hub. Connect its Power Output to the Blockade:
Next, select a Switch and connect its Power Output to the Hub. Repeat this process for all of the Switches:
Now, close the Wire Menu and test out your Switches! You'll see that as long as ONE Switch is active, the Hub will send the signal to the Blockade. This is very useful when you want to activate something in different ways. For example, you might want to have multiple Buttons in a game that could stop a Timer.
Easy, right? Come back for the next MasterClass all about Inverters!