Objectives and Test Procedure Overview
The objective of this Test Procedure is to establish a set oftests and analysis that will validate key aspects of PowerlineCarrier Technology (PLT) for use in Home Networking products.
Specifically, tests and analysis will be conducted to evaluatethe following:
outlet coverage – using a minimum of 30 outlet pairs per testsite, one pair at a time.
application performance – using a minimum of 3 typicalscenarios
network coexistence performance – with networks operatingsimultaneously in neighboring residences
performance over a range of network sizes – using nodepopulations of 3, 5, 10, 14 in the field
performance across a range of dwelling types and geographicareas – using a minimum of 30 homes, from a variety of geographiclocations, building types, construction, and wiring methods.
There are three components to the tests:
First, the initial pre-field lab verification tests of Â§8.1 toensure that the technology can successfully complete the suite offield tests described below
Second, the actual home testing (field tests) of Â§7
Third, the post-field lab tests of Â§8.2 – Â§8.8 for those aspectsof the technology that can be more easily exercised in a lab
Field testing in the actual homes also consists of initialpreparatory activities in each home:
home inventory (sketch home layout, select and number outlets,note special home characteristics, etc.)
equipment set up and check out
Home profiling measurements (powerline characterization) may betaken either before or after the testing is complete in a givenhome, but home profiling is separate from these TestProcedures.
The Powerline Carrier Network (PLN) set will be pre-configuredfor 14 nodes using 14 dedicated personal computers (PC's). Onceconfigured, the PC/PLN set will move from home to home.