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TECHNOLOGY LIMITED Embedded Power Line Modem Se ries: PLC101s-12, PLC103s-12 Single-phase Power Line Modem PLC101s-12

TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

Embedded Power Line Modem Series: PLC101s-12, PLC103s-12

Embedded Power Line Modem Se ries: PLC101s-12, PLC103s-12 Single-phase Power Line Modem PLC101s-12 3-Phase Power Line

Single-phase Power Line Modem PLC101s-12

PLC103s-12 Single-phase Power Line Modem PLC101s-12 3-Phase Power Line Modem PLC103s-12 Unit 1010-12, West Tower

3-Phase Power Line Modem PLC103s-12

Unit 1010-12, West Tower Shun Tak Center, 168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852)-2858 4999 Fax: (852)-3105 9871 web: www.archnetco.com

Description

The Embedded Power Line Carrier Modem is a low cost ready-to-go circuit module, which is capable of transferring data over the power cable at the low voltage end of the power transformer of a 3-phase/ 4-wire distribution network. A pair of Embedded PLC Modems connected on the power line can provide bi-directional data communication at a baud rate of up to 1200 bps. The PLC series PLC101s-12 and PLC103s-12, are built in a small form factor that can be easily integrated into and become part of the user's power line data communication system.

The modules provide bi-directional half-duplex data communication over the mains of any voltage up to 250v AC or DC, frequency of 50 or 60 Hz. Data communication of the modules is transparent to user’s data terminals and protocol independent; as a result, multiple units can be connected to the mains without affecting the operation of the others. The use of FSK modulation technique ensures high noise immunity and reliable data communication. The carrier frequency and baud rate is carefully selected to provide a long communication range compared with similar devices. There is no hassle of building interface circuits. Interface to user’s data devices is a simple data-in and data-out serial link. It has a built-in on board AC coupling circuit, which allows direct and simple connection to the mains.

Applications of the Power Line Modem include status monitoring, control and data communication of devices connected on the power line, such as Home Automation, Lighting Control, HVAC control, Low Speed Data Networks, Automatic Meter Reading, Signs and Information Display, Fire and Security Alarm, ……., and so on.

Features

Embedded ready-to-go Power Line Carrier Modem module

Small form factor for easy of system integration

Bi-directional half-duplex data communication over the mains

Applicable to universal mains voltage and frequency from 100v – 250v, 50 – 60 Hz

Protocol independent, data transfer transparent to user’s data terminals

High noise immunity and reliable data communication

Simple serial interface to user’s data devices

Simple connection to mains

Built-in on board AC coupling circuit

Built-in carrier generation and detection

Long communication range compared with similar devices

Selectable baud rate of 600 and 1200 bps

Selectable TTL and RS232C level serial interface to user’s data devices

Applications

Home Automation

Automatic Meter Reading

Process Control

Heating and Ventilation Control

Air Conditioning Control

Lighting Control

Status Monitoring and Control

Low Speed Data Communication Networks

Intelligent Buildings

Signs and Information Displays

Fire and Security Alarm System

Power Distribution Management

Schematic diagram

A simple schematic diagram of connecting 2 PLC modems is shown in figure 1. As an illustration, data from

customer’s device on the left are transferred to another customer’s device on the right. The PLC signal generated

by the PLC modem on the left is modulated by the data using FSK techniques. The carrier signal carrying the data information is then coupled onto the power line. At the other end of the power line on the right, another PLC modem detects the signal and extracts data from the PLC signal. The data will then be transmitted to the user’s data equipment on the right through the TTL serial interface. As communication between PLC101s is protocol independent, multiple units can be connected to the same phase and neutral line of the power network. Address decoding and error detection will be handled by the protocol between user’s data devices.

be handled by the protocol between user’s data devices. Fig.1 Schematic Diagram for PLC101s-12 N.B.: For

Fig.1 Schematic Diagram for PLC101s-12

N.B.: For communication of single phase modems, make sure the live wires are of the same phase.

Figure 2 shows a 3-phase Power Line Modem connected to a number of single-phase modems on different phases.

In such configuration, the user’s device connected to the 3-phase modem can communicate with any devices on

the distribution network.

communicate with the 3-phase modem as well as those devices connected to the same phase of the distribution network.

However, the user’s device connected to the single-phase modem can only

Fig. 2 Schematic Diagram for PLC103s-12 and PLC101s connections Connector and indicator layout PLC101s-12 Pin

Fig. 2 Schematic Diagram for PLC103s-12 and PLC101s connections

Connector and indicator layout

PLC101s-12

connections Connector and indicator layout PLC101s-12 Pin Symbol Description Direction   1 +12V

Pin

Symbol

Description

Direction

 

1 +12V

+V in

Input

 

2 GND

Ground

Input

 

3 -12V

-V in

Input

 

4 RXD-232

RS232C level Data in

Input

 

5 TXD-232

RS232C level Data out

Output

 

6 RXD-TTL

TTL level Data in

Input

 

7 TXD-TTL

TTL level Data out

Output

 

8

 

NC

No Connection

 

-

Jumper setting, JP1, JP2, JP3

 
 

Symbol

Description

selection

Connection

Remark

JP1

Baud Rate

600 bps

JP1 Baud Rate 600 bps Default

Default

   

1200 bps

    1200 bps  
 

JP2

Data in level

RS232 level

JP2 Data in level RS232 level Default

Default

   

TTL level

    TTL level  
 

JP3

Data out level

RS232 level

JP3 Data out level RS232 level Default

Default

   

TTL level

    TTL level  
 

Note:

level Default     TTL level   Note: closed Open AC coupling pin out assignment Pin

closed

Default     TTL level   Note: closed Open AC coupling pin out assignment Pin Symbol

Open

AC coupling pin out assignment

Pin

Symbol

Description

Direction

1

L

AC mains in

Input

2

N

Neutral in

Input

PLC103s-12

in Input 2 N Neutral in Input PLC103s-12 Pin Symbol Description Direction 1 +12V

Pin

Symbol

Description

Direction

1

+12V

+V in

Input

2

GND

Ground

Input

3

-12V

-V in

Input

4

RXD-232

Data in

Input

5

TXD-232

Data out

Output

6

RXD-TTL

Data in

Input

7

TXD-TTL

Data out

Output

8

NC

Not used

-

Jumper setting, JP1, JP2, JP3

Symbol

Description

Selection

Connection

Remark

JP1

Baud Rate

600 bps

JP1 Baud Rate 600 bps Default

Default

   

1200 bps

    1200 bps  
 

JP2

Data in level

RS232 level

JP2 Data in level RS232 level Default

Default

   

TTL level

    TTL level  
 

JP3

Data out level

RS232 level

JP3 Data out level RS232 level Default

Default

   

TTL level

    TTL level  
 

Note:

level Default     TTL level   Note: closed Open AC Coupling Pin Assignment (MAINS)  

closed

Default     TTL level   Note: closed Open AC Coupling Pin Assignment (MAINS)   Pin

Open

AC Coupling Pin Assignment (MAINS)

 

Pin

Symbol

Description

 

Direction

 

1

R

Phase R

Input

2

Y

Phase Y

Input

3

B

Phase B

Input

4

N

Neutral N

 

Input

Specifications

 
   

Description

 

PLC101s-12

PLC103s-12

Voltage

 

+12V/-12V

+12V/-12V

Active Current per Supply Voltage

600mA

 

600mA

Data I/O level

 

TTL/ RS232C

TTL/ RS232C

PLC frequency

 

82

+ 0.3KHz

82 + 0.3KHz

Signal Modulation

 

FSK

 

FSK

Baud rate

 

600/ 1200 bps

600/ 1200 bps

Data bits

 

8

8

Start bits

 

1

1

Stop bits

 

1

1

Data Packet Size

 

<1 K byte

<1 K byte

Indicators on board

 

PWR, RXC, TXC

PWR, RXC, TXC

Max. AC coupling voltage (L – N)

250V AC

250V AC

Max. Communication Distance (no load)

>500m

 

>500m

Dimensions (L x W x H)

 

78

x 52 x 25 mm

104 x 45 x 25 mm

*Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

mm 104 x 45 x 25 mm *Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. !

! Caution: Live AC Voltage on board

An example of data transfer testing

The PLC modem is a physical layer hardware communication device.

identify the data.

in your data packets for the data device to decide if the message is for it or not, i.e. you need communication protocol

for data transmission, such as device ID, acknowledgement and time out etc.

It is up to the data device (e.g. your PC) to

If you are connecting multiple PLC modems on the power line, you should include data device ID

The schematic below is an example of connecting a PLC101s-12 for testing of data transfer only.

communication, two PLC modems should be connected to two data devices.

level; please remember to check the corresponding jumper settings.

communication software or download it from our website. format in the software.

To effect data

The modem is connected for RS232 data

You may use any “dumb terminal”

Please remember to set the COM port, baud rate and data

Connection diagram

+12V GND -12V External Power PLC101s-12 1 RS232 (DB9 - from PC) TxD(3) RxD(2) 8
+12V
GND
-12V
External Power
PLC101s-12
1
RS232 (DB9 - from PC)
TxD(3)
RxD(2)
8
GND(5)