Mobility

Data Commuinications Via Powerlines

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Executive Summary

The hunger for increased bandwidth is driving individuals, corporations, and organizations to seek new methods for delivering Internet service to customers. Many of these methods are well known: radio-frequency (or wireless) communications (such as the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and the HomeRF and SWAP Protocols), infrared communications (IrDA), fiber-optic channels, high-speed telephone connections (such as DSL and ISDN or the more modern Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) system). One approach that is still receiving a cool reception in the United States is a highly discussed option in Europe and the rest of the world using the power grid as a delivery conduit for high-speed data communications. This paper provides a brief introduction to HighSpeed Powerline Communications (HSPLC): the technologies, political struggles, and future look.

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