Interestingly, manufacturers structure these tests for ad-hoc selection according to the following:
- Network performance: Data rate, data loss, latency
- Services: Data, video, audio, other
- Environmental: Environmental chamber, thermal camera
- Electrical power consumption
- Field tests InVivo (in Digital Home or elsewhere)
- Lab tests on Powerline Test-Bed
LAN's website doesn't specify whether the organization tests products that receive the HomePlug certification using its Powerline test bed or the InVivo tests. Regardless of the method applied, the HomePlug Alliance has a strict policy defining when the HomePlug Certification mark can be used. Only after receiving a Certification Award letter, issued by the HomePlug Alliance, is a company allowed to market its Powerline networking product with the HomePlug Certification mark. In addition, noncertified products cannot be marketed as HomePlug-certified, HomePlug-compliant or HomePlug-compatible. During our product reviews, we determine if these rules affect how vendors, when marketing their products, can cite newer standards without actually having the product certified. For now, however, let's describe potential environmental concerns that could arise when applying a powerline networking testing methodology.
The unfortunate thing about powerline Ethernet is that it really depends on your house's power lines in order for that to work. If you have two separate power connections, a 120v and a 240v I don't think that will work.
I do however have a few concerns that I am curious if you could cover in your testing.
You stated you live in a town home. I am curious on what I would call bleed threw.
I am not sure how your home is wired. In my area most town homes and apartments have a single power line to the building and then the power is distributed to each meter then to the unit. I am worried about the ability of say a neighbor being able to plug in and access the network. Or lets say you wish to share you internet with your neighbor and wondering if you can plug into your home and theirs and still get on the network. If either of these are possible what kind of data transmission would you get that way going threw so many junctions when you consider your breaker box and meter and then your neighbors meter and breaker box.
Just tossing this out there.
A 240v connection is just 2 120v out of phase lines. The main line is usually split into 2 rails and distributed throughout the house. If one side of the 240v receptacle fails to see the network you could always switch to the other. I think the PL stuff bridges this at the box through the ground anyways.
i've run these things out on the frozen lake using a portable 3500w generator between 2-5 fish houses while we video conferenced & voice conferenced and did some card playing on our laptops as well as some classic games the run great on modern laptops such as total annihilation and supreme commander to unreal tournament and unreal tournament 2004 and diablo2 and rarely microsoft combat flight simulator2 and they worked ok, not great, there are alot of factors being dealth with because the generator made alot of line noise when switching the load and ramping up. i have been trying to resolve this with UPS's that are old and cheap and not much of a load and easy to maintain.
the one thing that wrecked the lan was the electric kerosene heater and the electric heaters. i have solved that on my end by getting a portable desktop i-7 with a gtx470 (because chris angelini said they ran hot i specifically bought that one for the purpose of replacing my fish house space heater and because they are dirt cheap on ebay so if the system gets wet and fries i won't cry much and no, i don't keep this any where near the floor where all the water is, have some common sense the only thing traversing the ground is the power extension cords running from the generator strapped to the towing arms of the trailer hitch where the portable propane tanks used to be, and that's because we almost clothes lined a friend on his snowmobile in a snow storm running the cords from roof top to roof top, we forgot snow drifts could form 4 feet high on the middle of a lake randomly and be gone the next day and reappear another day all depending on the weather.)
model used is the linksys plsk-400