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Implementing BPL Technology


Plug It In

Combining power and data on the same wire isn't new. The phone company has been powering your phone for decades with its central office switch over the same wires that carry voice. And the recent IEEE 802.3af PoE (power over Ethernet) standard has made it possible to provide more power across LAN wiring for VoIP (voice over IP) phones and wireless APs (access points).

Powering Up BPL

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Products that let you use your home's electrical wiring to transport data have been around for years. With the HomePlug 1.0 standard developed by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, products from multiple vendors, such as DSL routers and Ethernet/USB adapters, may be plugged into home receptacles so they can communicate with one another using a single wiring system. Telkonet, meanwhile, offers large apartment buildings and hotels LAN connectivity using their electrical wiring and its own proprietary technology. As a matter of fact, Donald Trump uses Telkonet's iBridge in many of his buildings.

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