Integrating the power grid technology with renewable power generation technologies, Demand Response (DR) programs enabled by 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. 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. Moreover, we explore and evaluate the network performance of DR programs in smart homes in such a combined network via a simplified networking simulation model.

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Keywords Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Demand Response (DR), NS-2, Power Line Communication (PLC)
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/IWCMC.2011.5982723
Conference 7th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2011
Citation
Jin, C. (Cheng), & Kunz, T. (2011). Smart home networking: Combining wireless and powerline networking. Presented at the 7th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2011. doi:10.1109/IWCMC.2011.5982723