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Master of Science in Internetworking – MS Thesis
Examiner and Supervisor: Prof. Björn Pehrson
bjorn@it.kth.se

Powerline Carrier (PLC) Communication Systems

Khurram Hussain Zuberi
zuberi@ieee.org

9 September 2003

Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT Royal Institute of Technology, KTH
IT-Universitetet, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden

Master Thesis – Powerline Carrier (PLC) Communication Systems Master of Science in Internetworking
Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.it.kth.se/~iw01_zkh

PLC_030909_D06_V01-Thesis.pdf

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2003-09-09

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Dedicated To My Loving Mother

Master Thesis – Powerline Carrier (PLC) Communication Systems Master of Science in Internetworking
Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.it.kth.se/~iw01_zkh

PLC_030909_D06_V01-Thesis.pdf

3(108)

2003-09-09

Abstract
This thesis serves as a general and technical reference on the "Powerline Carrier (PLC) Communication Systems" with the presentation of a comprehensive and detailed analysis on the standards, characteristics, technologies, products and development associated and currently being deployed in the PLC communication systems. Since the developments and research on the subject had been relatively new and information scattered, the lack of collective information had been the primary initiative behind this research.

The advantages and benefits of using power line as the medium of data transmission at homes is investigated. Various standards and regulations are highlighted. Summary and comparisons are presented based on the findings of the research done at various European cities on exploring powerline as a communication medium with study of transmission impairments and other factors pertaining to the channel characteristics and performance. The technologies underlining the powerline communications are presented along with a discussion on the functionality of each technology including the data transmission rates, limitations, drawbacks, quality of service, and other important factors. A market survey of the presently available products/modules in the Powerline Networking area is carried out, summarizing all the HomePlug-certified products available in the powerline industry for the Swedish 220V 50 Hz power circuits; also highlighting the salient features available for each product. Different tests are performed using various vendors’ powerline modules and the results documented, to help set a small office home office (SOHO) powerline demonstration network at the Telecommunications Systems Laboratory (TS Lab), IMIT, IT-University, Kista, Sweden. Some laboratory exercises are produced that students can perform to understand the concept and benefits of powerline networking technology. The thesis concludes with a look at the on-going technological developments in the area along with suggestions for future research possibilities. With current available data transmission speeds of 14 Mbps and a remarkable increase promised in the near-future, Powerline Carrier Communication Systems are a preferred choice over Wireless or other Home Networking technologies due to factors including ease of installation, availability of AC outlets, higher throughput, low cost, reliability and security. PLC Communication Systems are also a potential candidate for the deliverance of xDSL and Broadband Internet services (data, multimedia etc.) along with electricity (and automation control signals) to the consumers by the energy utilities.

Master Thesis – Powerline Carrier (PLC) Communication Systems Master of Science in Internetworking
Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT...
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