What is Powerline
Powerline Communication (PLC) is a proven, well-established and recognised technology that enables data transfer at narrow or broadband speeds through the existing electrical cables already installed in the buildings by using advanced modulation technology.
How it works (the techie bit)?
A Powerline Communication system typically operates by superimposing a modulated carrier frequency on the AC signal carried on a power line. A basic PLC system consists of a transmitter unit capable of adding the communication signal to the AC power line signal and a receiver unit capable of separating the communication signal from the AC power component signal.
The transmitter generates modulated RF carrier signals at one location in the building, which are coupled to the existing power distribution system via an appropriate coupling network and a receiver at another location receives and demodulates the RF carrier providing the desired transmission of voice and/or data signals from the one location to the other.
A PLC modem is a device that makes it possible to use the mains cables as a communication line. The PLC modem converts digital data from an information processing unit such as a personal computer to analog line data, overlaps the analog line data with a mains cable of a commercial power source, or converts the analog line data inputted through the power line to digital signals and transfers them to the information processing unit. Power line modems have a wide range of uses, including allowing personal computers to communicate with each other, or with other household devices, without the need for separate data cables.
A PLC communication system comprises a plurality of communication stations connected to a single communication network. Each of the communication stations comprises a PLC for exchanging rapid data through the single communication network.
Benefits and Features
- No rewiring required
- Simple to install by any electrician – simply replace a power socket with an Power Ethernet socket
- Professional and aesthetic installation by replacing existing double-gang power sockets
- Reduces infrastructure costs by using existing mains cabling throughout the building
- Removes the clutter and danger of cables thereby improving Health and Safety
- Minimises installation disruption — no need to lift floor panels and replacing a socket is quick and easy
- All Ethernet points automatically mesh together into a secure network without needing a patch panel and Ethernet switch
- Much cheaper to replace existing power sockets with PE Sockets then to add additional structured cables
- Installed into the wall making it difficult to steal or disconnect
- Ethernet across a meshed network at up to 200Mbps (gross)
- Range up to 300m between Power Ethernet sockets over the mains cables
- Connect the broadband router to share Internet access
- Fast enough to stream High Definition (HD) video
- Utilises the Atheros INT6400 chipset which is compatible with HomePlug Alliance AV standard
- Supports Windows, Mac, Linux and all operating systems with a Ethernet port (RJ45)
- Built in managed switch supports tagged VLANS, TOS Bits and Quality of Service (QoS)
- Built-in AES 128 bit security
- Support for TV over IP (IPTV), Voice Over IP (VoIP) and Ethernet CCTV cameras
- Fits a standard UK two-gang 35 mm deep metal back box
- And of course power
Two or more Power Ethernet sockets (or HomePlug AV compatible devices) are required to create a network.
The power outlets must be electrically connected sharing the same power rail in order for Powerline devices to provide a network connection between them.