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Chapter 6. Powerline-Based Home Networks > IN-FIELD PRODUCT TESTING

IN-FIELD PRODUCT TESTING

In-field testing represents an important step in the development of any communications product because it helps to prove the "real-world" viability of the technology. But it is particularly important for powerline technologies, which are specifically designed to overcome the randomness and complexity of the environment.

In essence, the challenge to powerline communications is to design a product that works in an environment that was never intended for such use. In other words, sending a data signal down a copper wire that carries an electrical current is one hurdle. But it is quite a different technological challenge to produce a universal, low-cost powerline transceiver that operates reliably between all sockets links, in all homes, at all times throughout the day.


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