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Understanding Broadband over Power Line

1st Edition

By Gilbert Held

Auerbach Publications

200 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Understanding Broadband over Power Line explores all aspects of the emerging technology that enables electric utilities to provide support for high-speed data communications via their power infrastructure. This book examines the two methods used to connect consumers and businesses to the Internet through the utility infrastructure: the existing electrical wiring of a home or office; and a wireless local area network (WLAN) access point.

Written in a practical style that can be understood by network engineers and non-technologists alike, this volume offers tutorials on electric utility infrastructure and home wiring, to ensure that all readers have a common base of knowledge. It reviews power line operations, analyzing how electricity is generated and delivered to consumers, and how the wiring inside buildings forms individual circuits. An appreciation for how technologies work allows for an understanding of how broadband over power line has the potential to provide ubiquitous communications that offer home users, network managers, and LAN administrators with another solution to meet their high-speed networking requirements.

Table of Contents

Understanding Broadband over Power Lines


Fundamental Concepts

Competitive Internet Access Technologies

Power Line Operations

Understanding Electricity

Electricity Distribution

Data over Power Line Operations

BPL System Architecture

Transmission Methods, Modulation Techniques, and

Network Access

Interference and FCC Action

BPL Interference

The Regulatory Effort

BPL in the Home and Office

The HomePlug Standard

Working with Power line Adapters

HomePlug AV

IEEE Wireless LANs

Equipment Vendors and Field Trials

Equipment Vendors

BPL Field Trials

Evolving Standards and Organizing Bodies

IEEE Standards

Other Standards and Organizations to Note

The Future of BPL

Challenges Facing BPL

Predicting the Future

About the Author

Gilbery Held

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications