Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Constantine N. Manikopoulos

Second Advisor

Michael Abueg Palis

Third Advisor

Edwin Hou


A power line and twisted pair implementation of the Consumer Electronic Bus(CEBus) has great potential toward inexpensive home automation. Since the introduction of the CEBus Standard, there has been increasing efforts on evaluating its performance. However, most of the work has been performed for unacknowledged networks. Pan[18] was able to implement an acknowledged network for PL CEBus. In this thesis, the acknowledgment process has been taken one step further. The effect of acknowledgment on a Power Line and Twisted Pair CEBus network interconnected by a router is studied. CEBus network performance parameters such as message and packet delays, message throughput, and channel throughput have been evaluated in this simulation for packet lengths of 100, 300, and 600 bits. Acknowledged network performance has been confirmed to function well in terms of the delays and message throughputs over the practical range of the normalized offered load. For larger loads, the acknowledged network provides a more reliable performance, but at the expense of increased delays and reduced throughputs when compared with the unacknowledged network.