[Dshield] OT BPL

Ed Truitt ed.truitt at etee2k.net
Thu Oct 20 21:21:33 GMT 2005

BPL is as secure as the underlying protocol, with the addition that it is a VERY broadband signal, being transmitted over an unshielded (in the RF sense) wire - so if you have the right equipment, I presume you could 'sniff' the packets.

As to 'if a HAM can jam BPL by getting on the right freq', the issue to ALL licensed services in the frequency ranges used by BPL is that THEY, not BPL, are the licensed users of the frequencies.  BPL operates under Part 15 of the FCC rules, the same as garage door openers, cordless (not cell) phones, microwave ovens, and other such devices.  ANY interference is the rwespinsibility of the Part 15 device mfgr/user to correct.

-EdTr. (Also Amateur Radio Station KD5JC)

-----Original Message-----
From: "Paul Marsh" <pmarsh at nmefdn.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 15:16:44 
To:"General DShield Discussion List" <list at lists.dshield.org>
Subject: [Dshield] OT BPL

 I've been reading about BPL.  A lot of concerns about RF regarding
interference with HAM operators and other RF devices.  One question that
I can't seam to find an answer to is how secure is the system?  If a HAM
operator can jamb the BPL just by getting on the right freq., why can't
someone sniff the network on the same freq.?  BPL is starting to gain
momentum and looks promising.  Looks like another access point we'll all
need to start thinking about.

Thanx, Paul

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