Deterministic vs. Random Modulated Interference on G3 Power Line Communication

Waseem El Sayed*, Piotr Lezynski, Robert Smolenski, Amr Madi, Marcin Pazera, Adam Kempski

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Power line communication (PLC), which is often used in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), may be disturbed by adjacent high-power converters. Due to the inherent features of this type of communication, classic methods of improving communication reliability (filtration and circuit separation) cannot be fully applied. Information coding (modulation) methods are used in PLC to increase the data transfer rate and improve noise immunity. Random modulations (RanM) are used in converters to lower emission levels. Therefore, we investigate how the converters’ modulation parameters and coding methods may affect PLC communication reliability in the paper. To this end, we employ an experimental approach. In particular, the analysis of the influence of deterministic modulation (DetM) and (RanM) on the performance of narrowband G3-PLC is shown. We emulated an actual situation where EMI generated by the DC/DC converter disturbed the PLC transmission. The experimental results show the transmission error rates for different operating scenarios. The natural (experimental) system results, due to the complexity of the disturbing signals, differ from the literature data obtained by simulation for normalized signals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3257
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Power line communication (PLC)
  • Randommodulation


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