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Powerline communications (PLC) are currently being considered as an alternative for high-speed data communications and Internet access. With multiple outlets in almost every room, power lines are already the most pervasive network in the home or small office. This work presents a new medium access control (MAC) protocol for the "last mile" access PLC networks. Via an extensive simulation study, our protocol is compared to a well-known protocol from the literature and is shown to excel both in network utilization and in the average signaling delay required for the completion of the transmission request procedure.
Date of Conference: Nov. 27 2006-Dec. 1 2006