MIMO Power Line Communications

MIMO Power Line Communications: Narrow and Broadband Standards, EMC, and Advanced Processing

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  • Discusses power line MIMO channel and noise characteristics and modeling approaches
  • Considers international PLC standardization and EMC regulations
  • Provides an exhaustive view of current narrow- and broadband PLC standards and specifications
  • Describes MIMO, multi-user, and MAC/PHY layer processing technologies
  • Presents real-world implementations, case studies, and field trials
  • Contains contributions from experts in industry and academia
  • Includes extensive cross-referencing for a flexible reading path


One of the first publications of its kind in the exciting field of multiple input multiple output (MIMO) power line communications (PLC), MIMO Power Line Communications: Narrow and Broadband Standards, EMC, and Advanced Processing contains contributions from experts in industry and academia, making it practical enough to provide a solid understanding of how PLC technologies work, yet scientific enough to form a base for ongoing R&D activities.

This book is subdivided into five thematic parts. Part I looks at narrow- and broadband channel characterization based on measurements from around the globe. Taking into account current regulations and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), part II describes MIMO signal processing strategies and related capacity and throughput estimates. Current narrow- and broadband PLC standards and specifications are described in the various chapters of part III. Advanced PLC processing options are treated in part IV, drawing from a wide variety of research areas such as beamforming/precoding, time reversal, multi-user processing, and relaying. Lastly, part V contains case studies and field trials, where the advanced technologies of tomorrow are put into practice today.

Suitable as a reference or a handbook, MIMO Power Line Communications: Narrow and Broadband Standards, EMC, and Advanced Processing features self-contained chapters with extensive cross-referencing to allow for a flexible reading path.

Table of Contents

By Lars T. Berger, Andreas Schwager, Pascal Pagani, and Daniel M. Schneider

Editor Biographies

Power Line Channel and Noise - Characteristics and Modeling

Introduction to PLC Channel and Noise Characterization
By Lars T. Berger, Pascal Pagani, Andreas Schwager, and Piet Janse Van Rensburg

Narrowband Characterization in an Office Environment
By Klaus Dostert, Martin Sigle, and Wenqing Liu

Narrowband Measurements in Domestic Access Networks
By Weilin Liu, Guangbin Chu, and Jianqi Li

Broadband In-Home Characterization- and Correlation-Based Modeling
By Kaywan Afkhamie, Paola Bisaglia, Arun Nayagam, Fabio Osnato, Deniz Rende, Raffaele Riva, and Larry Yonge

Broadband In-Home Statistics and Stochastic Modeling
By Andreas Schwager, Pascal Pagani, Daniel M. Schneider, Rehan Hashmat, and Thierry Chonavel

Regulations, EMC, and MIMO Capacity

PLC Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations
By Andreas Schwager and Lars T. Berger

MIMO PLC EMC Statistical Analysis
By Andreas Schwager

MIMO PLC Signal Processing Theory
By Daniel M. Schneider and Andreas Schwager

MIMO PLC Capacity and Throughput Analysis
By Daniel M. Schneider, Pascal Pagani, and Andreas Schwager

Current PLC Systems and Their Evolution

Current PLC Systems - A Survey
By Lars T. Berger, Andreas Schwager, Stefano Galli, Pascal Pagani, Daniel M. Schneider, and Hidayat Lioe

Narrowband Power Line Standards
By Stefano Galli, and Jim LeClare

ITU G.hn - Broadband Home Networking
By Erez Ben-Tovim

IEEE 1901 - Broadband over Power Line Networks
By Arun Nayagam, Purva Rajkotia, Manjunath Krishnam, Markus Rindchen, and Deniz Rende

HomePlug AV2 - Next Generation Broadband over Power Line
By Larry Yonge, Jose Abad, Kaywan Afkhamie, Lorenzo Guerrieri, Srinivas Katar, Hidayat Lioe, Pascal Pagani, Raffaele Riva, Daniel M. Schneider, and Andreas Schwager

IEEE 1905.1 - Convergent Digital Home Networking
By Etan G. Cohen, Duncan Ho, Bibhu P. Mohanty, and Purva R. Rajkotia

Advanced PHY and MAC Layer Processing

Smart Beamforming - Improving PLC EMI
By Daniel M. Schneider and Andreas Schwager

Radiation Mitigation for Power Line Communications Using Time Reversal
By Pascal Pagani, Amilcar Mescco, Michel Ney, and Ahmed Zeddam

Linear Precoding for Multicarrier and Multicast PLC
By Jean-Yves Baudais and Matthieu Crussière

Multiuser MIMO for Power Line Communications
By Yago Sánchez Quintas, Daniel M. Schneider, and Andreas Schwager

Relaying Protocols for In-Home PLC
By Salvatore D’Alessandro and Andrea M. Tonello

Implementations, Case Studies, and Field Trials

Narrowband PLC Channel and Noise Emulation
By Klaus Dostert, Martin Sigle, and Wenqing Liu

Cognitive Frequency Exclusion in EN 50561-1:2012
By Andreas Schwager

Mitigating PLC Interference on Broadcast Radio
By Yang Lu and Weilin Liu

MIMO PLC Hardware Feasibility Study
By Daniel M. Schneider and Andreas Schwager


Author Bio(s)

Editorial Reviews

"Stefano Galli and Erez Ben-Tovim, two experts I highly respect, contributed to this book regarding Smart Grid applications and ITU-T's work on powerline standardization, both G.hn's powerline mode and the many variants of G.hnem. It's good to see G.hn appearing in technical literature of this sort as G.hn continues to expand out into the market, and becomes the home networking technology of choice over any wire."
--John Egan, HomeGrid Forum President, HomeGrid Blog, May 22, 2014

"... acts as a reference document or handbook, drawing expert input from industry and academia so as to provide a pragmatic understanding of the workings of PLC technologies as well as a scientific basis for ongoing R&D activities."
--ITU Newslog, April 29, 2014

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