Motorola’s Powerline MU BPL solution enables service providers to quickly and easily bring high-speed broadband access to business and residential customers in multi-unit buildings. By transforming a building’s existing electrical system into a powerful broadband communications network, Powerline MU helps you transform your revenue streams by reaching profitable customers you could never reach before.
Bring Multi-Unit Business and Residential Customers up to Speed
Now there’s Motorola’s Powerline MU Broadband Over Powerline (BPL) solution. And it’s about to change the multi-unit broadband market by making it fast, easy and cost-effective to bring new broadband-hungry business and residential users up to speed. Motorola’s industry leading broadband technology is the key to allowing service providers to add profitable new customers and significant new revenue opportunities.
Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
This portfolio combines radio, Ethernet, networking, HomePlug® and modem technologies to enable the transfer of high-speed data over existing electrical power lines.
Where There's Electricity Let There Be Broadband
Imagine a world where high-speed Internet access could be obtained by simply plugging your computer into a power outlet equipped with a modem. Where multi-dwelling units such as apartment buildings and business offices can easily provide broadband services to their tenants simply and cost-effectively.
Imagination is no longer required. Motorola’s Broadband over Power Line (BPL) product portfolio is a reality. It combines radio, Ethernet, networking, HomePlug™ and modem technologies to deliver high-speed data over existing power lines.
Benefits for Property Owners and Managers
- Low-cost, secure wireless broadband service
- Competitive advantage over properties not offering high-speed access
- More satisfied residents and tenants
- Creation of a new profit center
- Fast, easy, non-invasive installation
- Creation of a new profit center
- Leading-edge management applications such as video surveillance, energy management and more
Plug-and-Play Broadband Access Over Existing Electrical Systems
Powerline MU is part of the MOTOwi4™ portfolio of Motorola’s next generation IP solutions for fixed and portable broadband access. The Powerline MU system offers true plug-and-play access; no additional software or special drivers are necessary, and in most cases, a user’s computer settings do not have to be changed.
Powerline MU system components include:
The Canopy™ Platform
Powerline MU uses equipment from Motorola’s globally proven wireless broadband system, including: the point-to-point series of wireless Ethernet bridges for backhaul as well as Canopy Access Points (APs) and Subscriber Modules (SMs).
In most cases, a Canopy SM is mounted to the rooftop of the multi-unit building, receiving the broadband signal and sending it to the Powerline Gateway via Ethernet cable or phone line. Since the installation is confined to the premises, there is typically no need to involve the local utility in the installation process.
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Powerline MU Gateway
This device receives the Ethernet signal from the Canopy SM, converts it into HomePlug® protocol and injects it into the building’s existing electrical wiring system. The signal is then sent to individual units or tenants through the master meter or individual tenant meters. One compact gateway can reliably serve up to 50 subscribers simultaneously, and delivers an average of 8-12 Mbps effective bandwidth. An individual subscriber's bandwidth will depend on the number of subscribers online, the building's wiring, the subscriber's household wiring and computer, and distance from the BPL injection point. One MU Gateway will typically serve up to 300 feet within a location. It can be located in several areas within a building, normally the basement or electrical or phone closet. If necessary, you can add more Powerline MU Gateways to serve additional subscribers. A licensed electrician is required for gateway installation, although coordination with the electric utility is not typically needed.
An innovative solution, Powerline MU enables service providers, building owners and businesses to transform a building’s internal electrical system into a powerful communications network. The Powerline Modem brings plug-and-play broadband access to each subscriber. The unit plugs into a standard AC power outlet and converts the signal to Ethernet protocol. Output can then be connected directly to a computer, or to a router in a multiple-computer office or home environment. Additional features include support for VLAN security tagging, QoS, bandwidth and element management and over-the-air software upgrades. Also included are four LEDs that support quick troubleshooting, reducing the need for on-site service visits.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is an organization that is developing in-the-home and to-the-home powerline communications technology protocols. These are being widely used in the industry and are contributing to IEEE’s
standards development. HomePlug-compliant products use existing power lines as a path to send and receive high-speed data. Powerline MU operates based on the latest HomePlug protocol and uses the HomePlug version 1.0 Intellon Turbo (85 Mbps) chipset.
Prizm Element Management System (EMS)
Canopy Prizm EMS software helps you manage your BPL network resources more effectively by providing a centralized
view of the network. The technology enables you to keep your network operating at peak efficiency at all times, allowing you to manage and troubleshoot down to the Modem level in each unit. The Prizm System can operate as a stand-alone system or can integrate easily into any Network Management System or EMS that uses an SNMP, http or Telnet
interface. Prizm also helps you increase security and provides the ability to offer tiered services by managing bandwidth allocation.
Additional Powerline MU products include the Powerline MU Hybrid Adapter that allows use of unused phone lines for additional backhaul capacity and the Powerline MU Panel Extender, an accessory that allows coupling across four
separate 3-phase power distribution panels.
Broadband over Powerline Accessories
Powerline MU Hybrid Adapter
The Powerline MU Adapter is an optional device which serves as a converter between telephone wiring and Ethernet.
Powerline MU Panel Extender
The Powerline MU Panel Extender can be used if multiple electrical panels in an distribution room or multiple rooms need to be connected.
Powerline MU Inductive Coupler
Powerline MU Inductive Couplers are non-conductive ferrite rings that wrap around electric cables.
MOTOwi4™ Indoor Broadband over Powerline (BPL) Resources
» Canopy Platform Overview
» MOTOwi4™ Overview
» MOTOwi4™ Fact Sheet
» Powerline MU Brochure
» Powerline MU FAQ
» Powerline MU Inductive Couplers
» Powerline MU Panel Extender Release Notes
» Powerline MU System Diagram
» Powerline MU Technical Specifications
» Powerline MU User Guide
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