The features and capabilities of G3-PLC™ have been developed to address the difficult challenges of powerline communications. While earlier approaches were a step in the right direction, they fall short of meeting the technical and reliability requirements necessary in the hostile environment of PLC. The unique features of G3-PLC meet these requirements.

  • OFDM-based PHY (BPSK, QPSK, 8PSK) makes efficient use of the spectrum.
  • Compliant with world regulatory bodies such as CENELEC, ARIB, and FCC (10 kHz - 490 kHz).
  • Standards based — pre-standard in IEEE, ITU, IEC/CENELEC and IEC/SAE.
  • Two layers of forward error correction (FEC) for robust data communication in harsh channels.
  • Adaptive tone mapping for optimal bandwidth utilization.
  • Channel estimation to select the optimal modulation scheme between neighboring nodes.
  • "Robust" mode to improve communication under noisy channel conditions.
  • IEEE 802.15.4-based MAC layer well suited to low data rates.
  • 6LoWPAN adaptation layer to transmit IPv6 packets over powerline channels.
  • AES-128 cryptographic engine for optimum data security.
  • Coexistence with older S-FSK (IEC 61334), and broadband IEEE P1901 and ITU G.hn standards.
  • Supports IPv6 to allow Internet-based energy management systems and applications.
  • Mesh routing protocol to determine the best path between remote network nodes.