Broadband over Power Line Management and Monitoring Solution

The need for high-speed internet access has led to multiple innovations and improvements in current technologies. One of the most significant advancements is the adoption of Broadband over Powerlines (BPL), a Power Line Communication (PLC) technology that relies on the ubiquity of existing electrical wiring in buildings to transmit data over medium voltage power lines.

However, like any other network technology, BPL also requires monitoring and management to ensure optimal performance and availability.

SGRwin For Broadband Over Powerlines Monitoring and Management

Solving Your BPL Management Challenges

Discover Our Targeted Features for Improved Efficiency

Cluster-Based Device Mapping: Visualize Your BPL Devices with SGRwin

SGRwin comes with a very rich and flexible visualization module. The module is in its Cluster feature and allows users to visually represent the BPL devices on their network and how they are connected. SGRwin accesses each wave carrier’s MAC address from the network’s Management Information Base (MIB) and uses them to draw the BPL networks. The MIB is a standard table defined in our solution and used to represent the device’s attributes and status.

Device Viewer: Full Visibility of your BPL Devices

Provides a detailed view of your network elements; including structure, properties, real-time alarms, statistics, attached files or pics, actions etc.

Advanced Statistics

BPL communication signals are transmitted via the power transmission lines that make up the electrical utility network, meaning they have limited bandwidth.

Therefore, statistics are of utmost importance to BPL network operators since the data sent over these networks is highly susceptible to interference and loss. The network operators require accurate data of the network. Crucial data includes speed level, gains, and signal qualities. SGRwin was designed with this requirement in mind. The system can collect data from the network, analyse it, and give reports on overall performance. Operators can then use the highly advanced statistics to optimise the network.

Monitoring Profile

In SGRwin, the monitoring profile describes the frequency of asking the devices about their status, configuration, and statistics. The monitoring profile is a crucial feature of the system that should be regulated to ensure that it is not too frequent. Saturating the device with questions will overload the network and the device.

The user can customise the frequency to meet specific requirements. Different monitoring profile modes include:

  • Real-time mode This is a demanding mode that allows you to frequently ask the device about its status, performance, and statistics.
  • Maintenance mode This mode minimizes the frequency of the monitoring requests to the device and allows the user to perform maintenance operations. With this mode set, the user can only request the equipment’s details once a day or according to another frequency.

In addition, BPL networks are usually an intricate connection of numerous devices. Configuring the question frequency device per device is a tedious and inefficient task. SGRwin has a feature that supports bulk monitoring profile creation.

Security

At SGRwin, your network’s security is our top priority! That is why we designed our system to enable active directory accounts (for example, LDAP) to authenticate users’ accesses. We understand that modern networks commonly have internal and third-party collaborators whose access to the network must be controlled.

Power Line Communications and Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) – Q&A

What is Power Line Communications (PLC)?

Power Line Communications (PLC) is a method of communication that utilizes existing power transmission lines to send and receive data.

Why is PLC an attractive alternative to other communication methods?

PLC is an attractive alternative to other communication methods, such as fiber optics or wireless, because of the ubiquity of power lines.

What are the components of a typical PLC system?

A typical PLC system consists of a modem on both the transmitting and receiving ends, a repeater, and the power lines, which act as the medium for carrying the data.

How does the transmitting modem encode the data in a PLC system?

The transmitting modem encodes the data into a series of signals that can be transmitted in the power lines.

How does the receiving modem decode the signals in a PLC system?

The receiving modem decodes the signals and delivers them to the recipient.

What is the maximum distance over which data can be sent in a PLC system?

PLC can be used to send data over distances of up to several kilometers.

How do data signals in a PLC system ensure they do not interfere with the typical AC power frequency?

Data signals in the PLC system utilize a higher frequency band than the typical AC power frequency, which falls between 50 and 60 Hz, to ensure the two do not interfere with each other.

What is Broadband over Power Lines (BPL)?

Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) is an emerging Power Line Carrier (PLC) technology that uses existing electrical infrastructure to transmit high-speed data, allowing for broadband services such as streaming and video calling for electric utility customers.

What is the potential of BPL technology?

BPL technology has the potential to provide high-speed Internet access to people living in rural areas who would otherwise not have access to broadband services. It also has the potential to reduce electric power consumption and reduce the cost of powering Internet services.

How does BPL save companies costs?

Using the existing infrastructure of electric power lines saves BPL companies the cost of building and operating separate broadband networks. Additionally, BPL eliminates the need for customers to purchase WAN equipment such as routers and data cables, further reducing installation costs.

What are the two main components of the BPL access system?

The BPL access system comprises two main components: the in-home network and the access network.

What is the in-home network in the BPL system?

The in-home network consists of a BPL modem, which is connected to the customer’s electrical outlets and the customer’s computers and other devices.

What is the access network in the BPL system?

The access network consists of BPL equipment installed on the medium voltage power lines, including a BPL injector, repeaters to amplify the signal, and an extractor.

How does BPL transmit data signals without interfering with electric power?

In order to avoid interference with electrical power signals, BPL transmits data at higher frequencies apart from regular power frequencies and use filters and isolation techniques.

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