Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications
|Publication Date:||30 September 2010|
The project defines a standard for high-speed (>100 Mbps
at the physical layer) communication devices via electric power
lines, so-called broadband over power line (BPL) devices. This
standard uses transmission frequencies below 100 MHz. It is usable
by all classes of BPL devices, including BPL devices used for the
New modulation techniques offer the possibility to use the power lines for high-speed communications. This new high-speed medium is open and locally shared by several BPL devices. Without an independent, openly defined standard, BPL devices serving different applications will conflict with one another and provide unacceptable service to all parties. The standard will provide a minimum implementation subset that allows fair coexistence of the BPL devices. The full implementation will provide interoperability among BPL devices, as well as interoperability with other networking protocols, such as bridging for seamless interconnection via IEEE Std 802.1X™-2010.1 It is also the intent of this effort to progress quickly toward a robust standard so power line applications may begin to impact the marketplace. The standard also complies with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) limits set by national regulators, so as to enable successful coexistence with wireless and telecommunications systems.
1 Information on references can be found in Clause 2.