Frequently Asked Questions

 

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What is PLC?

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Power Line Communications (PLC) is a technology that utilises existing electrical distribution lines, whether in a home or a building or out in the utility’s distribution system, for delivering high-speed data communications services. The types of applications that can be carried over the electrical network using PLC range from services such as Closed Circuit TV (CCTV), Image and Voice through to Broadband Internet services, and Smart Grid utility applications for intelligence, communication and control in the electricity distribution network itself.

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How does the technology work? 

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A digital signal is effectively 'injected' into the electricity circuit of a building, platform or marine vessel and distributed throughout to every single mains plug within that circuit.

The technology can also be partnered in a hybrid network with technologies and infrastructure such as Wi-Fi, Co-Axial and data cabling  to bring digital connections to areas lacking mains supply.

 

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How much does the technology cost?

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FDN's solutions are tailored to specific individual criteria and needs. Costs will depend on a number of factors such as the number of rooms/floors to be covered and the application being provided. However as a retrofit solution it is likely to be far more cost effective than traditional cabling.

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Is this solution less expensive?

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Because the technology links into a building's existing electricity circuit, there are minimal or no costs associated with rewiring the premises, and minimal or no company downtime akin the normal disruption associated with a new cabling installations. A normal installation would be completed invisibly and within one day - the majority of the work being conducted near the electricity supply and therefore not disrupting any guests or the company's workflow.

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Does the system work with Wi-Fi?

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Yes. In fact the unique technology of the distribution system is designed to enhance the wireless signal in areas of weakness by deploying wireless access points on a PLC backbone. Once an area is "digitised" Wi-Fi can be delivered by simply plugging a wireless access point into any electrical socket to flood that area with a wireless signal.

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How secure is the connection through the PLC?

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As the signal transmission relies on the electricity network within a building, data transmission is extremely secure. Radius Authentication is also available on the Power Line Communication devices, which means that access to the network is only granted to approved equipment, preventing unauthorised connection and maintaining system security and integrity.

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Our cables are really old. Will they be able to handle the data flow?

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Our technology is designed to use the copper in the electrical cables as a conductor. Older cables actually have more copper content than new cabling, so this is not an issue. FDN actually specialise in providing this technology in listed and heritage type buildings.

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What if we already have some cabling and rely on keeping that?

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FDN's technology is very versatile and can integrate with both existing cabling within a building or vessel as well as all types of wireless routers. This allows the system to provide a seamless connection anywhere on your premises, potentially turning every mains socket into a 'data access point' and dispersing the signal around the whole area to strengthen wireless connections.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to assist you. 
 

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