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Power Line Communications in Practice

Power Line Communications in Practice

By (author): Xavier Carcelle
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9781596933354

Hardback $131.00 Qty:
Here's everything you want to know about PLC technology, theory, applications, and installation organized for you in the first definitive English-language book on the subject. You get a solid theoretical grounding on this emerging alternative to Wi-Fi and Ethernet together with best-practice examples of PLC deployments and down-to-business procedures to install PLC in the home, design large-scale PLC networks for businesses and communities, and choose the right technology and equipment for any application. A state-of-the-art reference, how-to guide, and problem-solver wrapped up in one complete source, this benchmark work brings you quickly up to speed on PLC network architecture, functionalities, security issues, and applications. You get details on PLC modems, transformers, and other equipment along with PLC installation and configuration guidelines that cover everything from choosing the topology for a PLC network to configuring parameters under Windows or Linux/BSD. The book spells out steps to install PLC in homes followed by design and configuration procedures for PLC business networks that cover all issues involving network architecture, standard and equipment selection, security, and other essentials. The book also explores the development of community-wide PLC networks and the emergence of hybrid PLC-Ethernet-Wi-Fi applications. Supported by real-world examples and 280 illustrations, this hands-on resource takes you to the cutting edge of power line communications and helps you tap its rich potential moving forward.
Introduction - PLC Technologies. Standard Organizations. What Kinds of Standards Are There? Consortiums and Associations. Toward a Standardization of PLC Technology. Future IEEE Standard. Future Interoperability Standard. Advantages and Disadvantages of PLC.; Architecture - Architecture of Electrical Networks. Characteristics of Electrical Wiring. Modeling Electrical Networks. Architecture with a Shared Medium. Public Networks. Private Networks. Analogy with a Network Hub. The Concept of PLC Repeaters. Layered Architecture. The Physical Layer. Frequency Bands.; Functionality - Network Mode Functionality. Master-Slave Mode. Peer-to-Peer Mode. Centralized Mode. Transmission Channel Functionalities. Access to the Medium Using CSMA/CA Techniques. The ARQ (Automatic Repeat Request) Process. Synchronization and Frame Controls. Managing Frame Priorities. Managing Frequency Channels (Tone Map). Segment Bursting and Contention-Free Access. Frame Level Functionalities. MAC Encapsulation. Fragmentation Reassembly. Other Functionalities. Dynamic Adaptation of the Bit Rate. Unicast, Broadcast, and Multicast. Service Quality.; Security - Overview of Network Security Issues. Cryptography. Public-Key Cryptography. Mixed-Key Cryptography. Electronic Signatures. Use of Public Keys. The Hash Function. Security for PLC Networks. Access to the Physical Medium. Access to Physical Frames. Authentication. Network Keys. Attacks. IEEE 802.1x and Improvements to PLC Network Security. Virtual Private Networks.; Frames - Physical Layer Frames. Architecture of the Physical and Data Link Layers of HomePlug AV. The OFDM Interface Frame. OFDM Symbols. Frequency Band Use for HomePlug AV Devices. Functional Blocks. Differences Between HomePlug Frames and 802.11b Frames. The PLC Physical Frame. MAC Layer Frames. MAC HomePlug 1.0 Frames. MAC Header Format. Format of an Encrypted MAC Frame. Format of Control and Management Frames.; Applications - Voice, Video, and Multimedia. Telephony over PLC. Visioconferencing and Videoconferencing. Multimedia. PLC Local Networks. Internet Connection Sharing. File and Printer Sharing. Audio Broadcasting. Recreational Applications. Video Surveillance. Backbone of a Wi-Fi Network. InternetBox and PLC. New Applications for PLC. PLC in Industry. PLC in Public Spaces. PLC over Coaxial Cable. PLC in Motor Vehicles. Economic Perspectives.; Equipment - PLC Technologies. Master-Slave Mode. Peer-to-Peer Mode. Centralized Mode. PLC Modems. PLC USB Modems. PLC Ethernet Modems. PLC Cable TV Modems. PLC Modems Integrated with Electrical Outlets. PLC/Wi-Fi Modems. Multifunction PLC Modems. PLC Audio and Telephone Modems. Methods for Accessing the Medium. Direct Tap Methods. Transformers and Meters. Transformers. Meters. Repeaters. Filters. The Cost of PLC.; Installation - Frequency Bands. Regulation of Radio Frequencies. Electromagnetic Compatibility and Frequency Bands. Topology of Electrical Networks. Single-Phase Wiring. Three-Phase Wiring. Wiring in an Electrical Network. The Circuit Breaker Panel. Attenuation on an Electrical Network. Choosing the Topology for a PLC Network. Propagation of the PLC Signal. Interference. Effects of Interference on the Electrical Network. Network Data Rates. Useful Throughput Calculation. Maximum PLC Actual Data Rate. Data Rate Variation. Security. ; Configuration - Configuring a HomePlug 1.0 or Turbo Network. Configuring a PLC Network Under Windows. Configuring a HomePlug AV Network. Configuring a HomePlug 1.0 PLC Network Under Linux. Configuring a HomePlug AV PLC Network Under Linux. Configuring a PLC Network Under FreeBSD 204 Configuring an HD-PLC Network. Configuring a DS2 Network. Configuring Network Parameters. Review of Network Parameters. Configuring Network Parameters Under Windows XP. Configuring Network Parameters Under Linux/BSD.; PLC in the Home - Electrical Security. Choosing a PLC Technology. Choosing Equipment. Placing Devices on the Electrical Network. Configuring Security Parameters. Configuring the PLC Gateway. Configuring PLC Security. Testing Operation of the PLC Network. Firewall. VPN and PPPoE. Configuring an Internet Gateway. Sharing the Internet Connection. Configuring NAT and DHCP.; PLC for Businesses - Network Architecture. Supervising a PLC Network. Choosing a Standard. Choosing Network and Electrical Equipment. Service Quality. Access to the Electrical Medium. Placing Equipment. Choosing the Network Architecture. Security Parameters. Security Topologies. Configuring PLC Security. VLAN (Virtual LAN). Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Installing and Configuring a PLC Repeater (Bridge). VoIP Under PLC. Sample Implementation of PLC in a Hotel. Network Implementation. Configuring a DHCP Client Under Linux. Configuring a DHCP/NAT Server. NAT (Network Address Translation).; PLC for Communities - Electrical Networks for Communities. Electrical Network Operators. Topology of Electrical Networks. Topology of MV Networks. Implementation of a Communitywide PLC Network. PLC 's Position Within the Network Architecture. Constraints of the Electrical Network for PLC Architecture 280 PLC Architecture. Issues in Electrical Networks. Choosing Equipment and Technologies. Supervision of the PLC Distribution Network. Configuring the Network. Examples of Small, Medium, and Large-Scale PLC Networks.; Hybrid PLC - Coexistence of Multiple Networks. PLC Technologies Between Themselves. Coexistence of PLC and Wi-Fi. Coexistence of PLC and Wired Ethernet. Advantages and Disadvantages of Network Technologies. Optimizing Network Architectures. Example of an Optimized Architecture. PLC and Wi-Fi, a Perfect Couple? ; Resources. About the Author. Index;
  • Xavier Carcelle Xavier Carcelle is senior telecommunication expert for PLC network applications for Electricite de France (EDF), the leading power line communications provider in France. He is also CTO of and a member of the telecommunications research project OCARI. He is author of a previous book and several published papers on power line communications and has been a guest lecturer on the topic. He received his M.S. from Texas A&M University.
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