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PowerLine Communications (PLC) is experiencing a tremendous success and is expected to play a primary role in home networking scenarios. Nevertheless, little research effort has been devoted so far to the large number of networking problems occurring in PLC scenarios. Objective of this paper is to characterize PLC channel from a networking perspective which is crucial to address the above problems. A large experimental campaign has been carried out to measure PLC channel performance in terms of metrics that are of interest for the networking research community. The measures have been analyzed and insights have been gained into PLC communications from a networking perspective.
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