Proposal of Instantaneous Power-Line Frequency Synchronized Superimposed Chart for Communications Quality Evaluation of broadband PLC System

Kenji KITA  Hiroshi GOTOH  Hiroyasu ISHIKAWA  Hideyuki SHINONAGA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E103-B   No.1   pp.60-70
Publication Date: 2020/01/01
Publicized: 2019/07/18
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2019EBP3049
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
PLC,  packet capture analysis,  visualization,  communication quality evaluation,  

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Power line communications (PLC) is a communication technology that uses a power-line as a transmission medium. Previous studies have shown that connecting an AC adapter such as a mobile phone charger to the power-line affects signal quality. Therefore, in this paper, the authors analyze the influence of chargers on inter-computer communications using packet capture to evaluate communications quality. The analysis results indicate the occurrence of a short duration in which packets are not detected once in a half period of the power-line supply: named communication forbidden time. For visualizing the communication forbidden time and for evaluating the communications quality of the inter-computer communications using PLC, the authors propose an instantaneous power-line frequency synchronized superimposed chart and its plotting algorithm. Further, in order to analyze accurately, the position of the communication forbidden time can be changed by altering the initial burst signal plotting position. The difference in the chart, which occurs when the plotting start position changes, is also discussed. We show analysis examples using the chart for a test bed data assumed an ideal environment, and show the effectiveness of the chart for analyzing PLC inter-computer communications.