How does the Telkonet iWire System work?
In general, the Telkonet Gateway or Telkonet eXtender™ converts an Ethernet signal into a PLC communication format and injects that into the electrical infrastructure of a building. The Telkonet iBridge™ recovers the PLC signal and converts it back into standard Ethernet format for use in end-user devices.


gateway[1] The Telkonet Gateway
The “brain” of the Telkonet iWire System. The Telkonet Gateway converts IP connections to a PLC signal and distributes PLC to the Telkonet Coupler. Through a web or CLI interface, the Telkonet Gateway allows management and configuration of the other Telkonet components. Each Telkonet Gateway supports up to 63 Telkonet eXtenders, 1,023 Telkonet iBridges (users) and up to 4,096 Ethernet endpoints.
coupler[1] The Telkonet Coupler
The Telkonet Coupler takes the PLC signal from the Telkonet Gateway or Telkonet eXtender and injects that signal into the in-building electrical wiring. Installation of the Telkonet Coupler requires a licensed electrician to meet National Electric Code (NEC) and local electric code standards. Also comes in a model with integrated disconnect switch.
extender[1] The Telkonet eXtender™
The Telkonet eXtender provides additional reach and scalability for networks that cannot be properly covered by a single Telkonet Gateway or multi-building environments. It can be used with wireless radio or wireline networks.
ibridge[1] The Telkonet iBridge™
The Telkonet iBridge enables a user to connect a computer or IP device to the PLC network. It contains “test’ function to determine the PLC signal strength and has an RJ45 user port connection.