Multiformat wired and wireless signals over large-core plastic fibers for in-home network

Federico Forni, Yan Shi, Nguyen Cac Tran, Henrie van den Boom, Eduward Tangdiongga, Ton Koonen

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This paper presents successful simultaneous transmission of an IEEE802.11n 16-QAM 40 MHz bandwidth WLAN, 9 64-QAM LTE-A bands, and a 1.7 Gb/s 4-PAM baseband signal over 50 m of 1-mm core diameter graded-index polymethyl methacrylate plastic optical fiber. The optical link is an intensity modulation with direct detection link, using a Fabry Pérot laser diode emitting visible light at 650 nm and a p-i-n Silicon photodiode followed by a transimpedance amplifier. The signals were simultaneously transmitted using frequency division multiplexing. The radio signals were sent transparently over the optical link by analog radio over fiber technique. The LTE-A peak power was reduced by digital signal clipping at the transmitter side, which results in error vector magnitude values complying with the standard. Furthermore, the noise figure of the optical link was measured and its impact on the received signal is analyzed. After the optical link, the radio signals were re-emitted over an indoor line-of-sight wireless link up to 12-m distance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3444-3452
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2018


  • 4G mobile communication
  • indoor radio communication
  • Logic gates
  • Optical fiber communication
  • Optical fibers
  • Optical receivers
  • Optical transmitters
  • plastic optical fiber (POF)
  • radio-over-fiber (RoF)
  • Wireless communication
  • Wireless LAN
  • wireless LAN


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