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.
Understanding Broadband over Power Lines Overview 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