On Performance Characterization of Cascaded Multiwire-PLC/MIMO-RF Communication System

10/08/2020 ∙ by Yun Ai, et al. ∙ 0

The flexibility of radio frequency (RF) systems and the omnipresence of power cables potentially make the cascaded power line communication (PLC)/RF system an efficient and cost-effective solution in terms of wide coverage and high-speed transmission. This letter proposes an opportunistic decode-and-forward (DF)-based multi-wire/RF relaying system to exploit the advantages of both techniques. The outage probability, bit error rate, and system channel capacity are correspondingly chosen to analyze the properties of the proposed system, which are derived in closed-form expressions and validated via Monte-Carlo simulations. One can observe that our proposed system outperforms the wireless-only system in terms of coverage and data rate, especially when there exists a non-line-of-sight (NLoS) connection between the transmitter and receiver pair.

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