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I know this is not the correct forum location but I not sure where else to go.
I currently have my internet connection through my cable company and am very please with it and the tech service that comes with the program.
Our electric company has notified us that in the near future (March) they will be providing internet and telephone service through the electric supply to our home.
Does anyone already have this service or know anything about it ?
We are kind of interested in the service because of the advertised cost savings as compared to the cable/broadband service but are not that familiar with it.
I'm not a computer or electronic tech but being this is being run on the same line as you house current it seems to me there would have to be some kind of filter to block the 120 volt AC. So what would happen if this filter failed and let 120 volts go roaring though your network card where the normal voltage is most likes less then 1 volt???
Most if not all power companies in the USA have been sending data down power lines for years with no problems. In the past it was used for such things as turning load balancing switches on and off, and monitoring sub stations and other power installations. It is only recently that people have heard about it with the possibility of getting their internet from a new source.
Probably all the electronic equipment in your home plugs into house current already, and as you know the failure rate of the power supplies is extremely low.
The modems used in powerline transmission of data have transformers to step the voltage down, and then a whole lot of circuitry between 120 volts and the output to your NIC. Basically they are as safe to your computer as your computers own power supply that currently runs everything.
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