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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] discussion on USRP-->Wall Socket for Power Line C
Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] discussion on USRP-->Wall Socket for Power Line Comms
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:31:36 -0700
From: Evan Merewether [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:29 PM
To: 'John Ackermann N8UR'
Subject: RE: [Discuss-gnuradio] discussion on USRP-->Wall Socket for Power
May I suggest looking at the schematic at the bottom of page 4 of
This circuit will provide exactly what you want with reasonable signal
attenuation and provided isolation for safety.
From: John Ackermann N8UR [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:13 PM
To: Evan Merewether
Cc: 'George Nychis'; 'discuss-gnuradio'
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] discussion on USRP-->Wall Socket for Power
Well, I'd put it that large resistors result in high impedance. You
still have the full line voltage across the output of the two resistors,
but any load resistance will form a voltage divider and drop the voltage
A simple next step would be adding an appropriate load resistor and
using an op-amp as a follower to provide a low impedance output to drive
I'm not sure why you'd need to unground anything -- the output is an AC
signal, and the resistors limit any current to a miniscule and safe
level. Folks have been plugging this design into all sorts of grounded
gear with no issues at all.
On 2/21/2012 3:57 PM, Evan Merewether wrote:
> Two issues:
> 1) Large resistors results in large attenuation. This circuit attenuates
> 120VAC to ~5V for the microcontroller.
> 2) You would need to un-ground all of the components (USRP + PC + you) and
> float everything to somewhere around 60V
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> Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] discussion on USRP-->Wall Socket for Power
> Line Comms
> On 2/21/2012 3:00 PM, George Nychis wrote:
>> Okay! So apparently there is some interest in power line communication
>> for GSoC. But, what we would want to do is already have a safe way of
>> connecting the USRP in to the wall socket for the student(s), and for
>> the future of GNU Radio and USRP power line communications development.
>> So, as a goal of this thread I'd like to get some feedback on how we can
>> make this possible. Ideally, something off-the-shelf would be great,
>> providing the highest amount of safety for those experimenting with it.
> Here's a very simple approach:
> There was a bunch of discussion about this on the time-nuts mailing
> list, and some folks suggested changes for increased safety (including
> putting two resistors in series so that if one fails short -- which is a
> very unusual occurrence -- there's an extra layer of protection. But in
> general, with large value resistors the current is limited to a very
> safe level -- and it's current that kills, not voltage.
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