Broadband over power lines (BPL), also known as Power-line Internet or Powerband, is the use of powerline communication (PLC) technology to provide broadband Internet access through ordinary power lines used for home electrical wiring. Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technology allows voice and Internet data to be transmitted over utility power lines. A computer (or any other device) would need only to plug a BPL “modem” into any outlet in an equipped building to have high-speed Internet access.

With broadband over power lines, or BPL, you can plug your computer into any electrical outlet in your home and instantly have access to high-speed Internet. By combining the technological principles of radio, wireless networking, and modems, developers have created a way to send data over power lines and into homes at speeds from 500Kbps to 3Mbps (equivalent to DSL and cable).

Broadband over power lines may offer benefits over regular cable or DSL connections. The extensive infrastructure already available appears to allow people in remote locations to access the Internet with relatively little equipment investment by the utility. Also, such ubiquitous availability would make it much easier for other electronics, such as televisions or sound systems, to hook up. Digital Powerline Internet is available in two ways:

  • using the powerlines to bring the Internet to your home or office from a Powerline Internet Service Provider through an Internet Home Gateway.
  • distributing an Internet connection in your home or building to all electrical outlets. The Internet might come to the building through cable, satellite or microwave.

Powerline Internet Service Providers are becoming available in many countries. Testing has shown this system to be fast, reliable and secure. When the digital information gets to your home it goes through a modem that connects it to your home wiring. Each of your wall plugs is then online. Your computers, stereos, digital TV’s, appliances and game units will be plugged in for both electricity and internet connection.

Powerline Internet Home Gateway is a device that distributes Internet through the electrical system in a home or office. Each of the computers and appliances that are plugged in can access the Internet as well as power.

Broadband over power lines (BPL) modems use silicon chipsets specially designed to handle the work load of pulling data out of an electric current. Using specially developed modulation techniques and adaptive algorithms, BPL modems are capable of handling powerline noise on a wide spectrum. A BPL modem is plug and play and is roughly the size of a common power adapter. It plugs into a common wall socket, and an Ethernet cable running to your computer finishes the connection. Wireless versions are also available.

Powerline Internet Broadband Routers helps you use powerline communication network for the existing DSL/ADSL broadband router. You can simply connect the Powerline Internet Broadband Router to your broadband enabled telephone socket in the usual manner, plug it in to the mains and switch on. It automatically registers itself on your Powerline Network and should be seen by any PCs, Macs, Consoles etc which are present on the same network and should enable broadband access to those devices which are configured for the internet.