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Smart Home Networking: Lessons from Combining Wireless and Powerline Networking

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Integrating the power grid technology with renewable power generation technologies, Demand Response (DR) programs enabled by the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) were introduced into the power grid in the interest of both utilities and residents. They help to achieve load balance and increase the grid reliability by encouraging residents to reduce their power usage during peak load periods in return for incentives. To automate this process, appliances, in-house sensors, and the AMI controller need to be networked together. In this paper, we compare mainstream network technologies applicable to home appliance control and propose a solution combining Power Line Communication (PLC) with wireless communication in smart homes for the purpose of energy saving. We extended NS-2, a popular network simulator, to model such combined network scenarios. Using a number of different routing strategies, we then model and evaluate the network performance of DR programs in smart homes in such a combined network.

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C. Jin and T. Kunz, "Smart Home Networking: Lessons from Combining Wireless and Powerline Networking," Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2011, pp. 136-151. doi: 10.4236/sgre.2011.22016.

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