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This page covers PLC (Powerline) technologies.The PLC technologies covered are Lonworks, KNX, IEC, PRIME, INSTEON, HomePlug, UPB, X10, A10, WPC, PLM-1, SITRED, G3 Lite, LF NB OFDM G3 PLC etc.

Following table mentions frequency bands, modulation type and organization responsible for these PLC technologies. The table compares these PLC technologies and provides difference between them.

Refer CENELEC Frequency Bands which describes CELENEC Band A, CELENEC Band B, CELENEC Band C and CENELEC band D.


PLC technologies Frequency Band Modulation Type Organization
Lonworks 86KHz and 75.453 KHz, 125-140KHz , Fc =131.579 KHz, CENELEC A, B, C BPSK/NRZ ISO/IEC, ANSI, LonMark
KNX PL 110 (95 to 125 KHz , Fc =110 KHz ) , PL 132 (125 to 140 KHz, Fc =132.5 KHz ) S-FSK/NRZ ISO/IEC, BS
IEC CENELEC A, 20-95 KHz S-FSK IEC TC57, WG09
PRIME CENELEC A (approx.42 to 89 KHz ), capable upto 500 KHz OFDM/DBPSK, DQPSK, D8PSK nSyscom , ADD, STM, TI
INSTEON 131.65 KHz BPSK INSTEON alliance
HomePlug FCC (120 to 400KHz) , CENELEC A, B Single carrier spread spectrum, DCSK6, DCSK4 HomePlug Alliance
UPB 4 to 40 KHz PPM PCS
X10 120 KHz OOK Pico Electronics
A10 120 KHz OOK ACT
WPC 1.7 to 4 MHz Pulse Modulation Watteco
PLM-1 50 to 500 KHz, 262 KHz expected FSK/NRZ Ariane Controls
SITRED CENELEC A, 20 KHz -95 KHz S-FSK ENEL
G3 Lite 10 to 490 KHz , CENELEC FCC OFDM Maxim
LF NB OFDM G3 PLC 35.9 to 90.6 KHz, CENELEC-A OFDM/DBPSK, DQPSK Maxim, ERDF, TI

PLC-Power Line Technologies related links

• INSTEON - Basics of INSTEON technology used in IoT
• X10 - Basics of X10 technology
• KNX - Basics of KNX technology for home automation
• HomePlug - Basics of HomePlug and various versions
• Lonworks - Basics of Lonworks technology
• UPB - Basics of Universal Powerline Bus technology

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