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Broadband Power Line ?

by JDAN12 / February 23, 2005 7:50 AM PST

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.
Thank you,
John D.

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Let me introduce you to Google. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 23, 2005 9:32 AM PST
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Re: Broadband Power Line ?
by JJ / February 23, 2005 1:29 PM PST
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Hello, I don't know where you are located but the electric companies' Internet service they are offering is in Europe. Last I heard it was experimental. Please let us know at least which country you are reffering to???????

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Not only in Europe
by fyogi1 / February 24, 2005 5:52 AM PST

Actually there are a few companies in the United States that have PLC (Power Line Communications) in a small market. A company called Ameren is doing just that. Check out http://www.plca.net/ for tons of info, there are also links to companys doing it in the United States.

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Filter falure
by mr_ed-000 / February 26, 2005 4:11 AM PST

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???

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Not Likely
by Jim345 / March 10, 2005 10:10 PM PST
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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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Broadband Power Line?
by JDAN12 / February 26, 2005 9:06 AM PST

I reside in upstate New York. The company that is providing the service is called New Visions.
They are also offering telephone service with the internet connection.
The claims from them are that they will rival the cable internet connection for service and speed.
John D.

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