acWAN™ provides wide area network connectivity between a power substation and the homes and businesses it serves (upto 25 miles). The acWAN™ injects the signal onto the power line network at the power substation, making it available everywhere on the high- (11kV-33kV) and low-voltage (110V-450V) power lines downstream. This is possible because the injected signals can propagate through multiple distribution transformers on the power network. All acWAN™ nodes on the same ‘branch’ of the power line network will be able to pick up the signals and communicate with other devices, creating a 100 Mbps wide area network.
Each acWAN™ transceiver provides a standard RJ45 Ethernet connector for use with existing network operating systems, and any other off-the-shelf routers, switches and hubs. It is Satius’ intention to provide technologies compatible with existing standards, such as the Ethernet protocol and the Novell/Microsoft/Sun network operating systems.
A number of acWAN™ coupler prototypes have already been tested and verified to be capable of 100 Mbps on high- and low-voltage power lines. Hence, acWAN™ is ready to be employed in a trial program, or in a full-blown system implementation. Such programs would require a development process in which Satius needs to be heavily involved. For each acWAN™ application, a new set of couplers and/or modems may need to be developed, as each system may have different requirements and/or electrical specifications.