Date Added: Dec 2012
To enable the smart grid concept, it is fundamental to consider the in-home/building context where, beside the conventional home networking services, home automation and smart energy management services have to be offered. Power line communication is a key technology in this context since it exploits the power line grid that is pervasively deployed within houses/buildings. Thus, no new wire is needed, which reduces deployment costs. In this paper, the authors consider the in-home/building scenario, for which they propose a convergent network architecture to enhance the performance of the narrow band G3-PLC technology through its integration with an Ethernet based network. To this end, they define the protocols characterizing the network modules, namely, switches and routers, which allow for integrating the G3-PLC with Ethernet devices.