Internet Over Power Lines.......


pdpfilms

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I thought i remembered this being a highly unreliable system... tat power peaks and dips would interfere greatly with the data flow. We'll just have to see.... damn, that would be cool.
 

efoto

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pdpfilms said:
I thought i remembered this being a highly unreliable system... tat power peaks and dips would interfere greatly with the data flow. We'll just have to see.... damn, that would be cool.
One major argument for is that it would allow everyone who has power access to broadband internet. I know a lot of people who have trouble getting cable or dsl access at their house, this would pretty much solve that problem....assuming all the grounwork is already laid out in standard power lines.
 

mduser63

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The problem with BPL is that it will cause huge amounts of blanket interference to HF radios because basically the power lines act like huge transmitting antennas. Amateur radio operators (I am one) are fighting this very hard. The pressure from the ARRL has caused some of the companies responsible for the new technology to make improvements to reduce interference, but it's still pretty bad. More information here.
 

efoto

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mduser63 said:
The problem with BPL is that it will cause huge amounts of blanket interference to HF radios because basically the power lines act like huge transmitting antennas. Amateur radio operators (I am one) are fighting this very hard. The pressure from the ARRL has caused some of the companies responsible for the new technology to make improvements to reduce interference, but it's still pretty bad. More information here.
If they could send broadband data through power lines, what would stop them from sending a radio signal or some other encoded wave over power lines?

I can see how this will interfere and therefore I understand your opposition to it, however broadcasting random waves for people to pickup everywhere is a rather old technology. Why not have radio carried over power and then have it dispursed at high-output areas for the general public (like major metropolitan downtowns)? The home user could still listen because it is sent over power....
Besides, satellite is making a huge move, so is this still a problem if things are headed in that direction?
 

mduser63

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efoto said:
If they could send broadband data through power lines, what would stop them from sending a radio signal or some other encoded wave over power lines?
One of the reasons the FCC protects amateur radio spectrum, is because amateur radio operators provide communications during emergencies when other modes of communication are disable. If a huge earthquake hits, the power lines may go down, and "old-fashioned" radio will still work. Cell-phones would be a good alternative, except that the towers often get damaged, and the networks get overloaded by people placing so many calls.

Besides the practical, emergency response aspects of amateur radio, it's a hobby that 3 million people worldwide participate in, so we're not too happy to see it ruined by BPL when there are other alternatives without such strong downsides.
 

AmigoMac

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2 Threads about the same! ...

Nothing to see here by now, yeah, sort of old news, a faster way to increase your risk at home :)
 

michaelrjohnson

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I read both threads, and chose this one. ;)

mduser63 said:
Besides the practical, emergency response aspects of amateur radio, it's a hobby that 3 million people worldwide participate in, so we're not too happy to see it ruined by BPL when there are other alternatives without such strong downsides.
What are these "other alternatives" that would provide almost 100% of the population access to broadband internet without (significant) additional infrastructure?
 

mduser63

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michaelrjohnson said:
I read both threads, and chose this one. ;)


What are these "other alternatives" that would provide almost 100% of the population access to broadband internet without (significant) additional infrastructure?
I don't know a lot about it yet, but WiMax technology seems promising. It would require additional infrastructure (as would BPL) but not a huge amount as it's wireless.