Wifi radiation is becoming increasingly widespread as more and more people become seduced by the freedom of wireless devices. If you have any doubts as to whether WiFi is safe, click here.
There are some simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to WiFi router radiation. In this article I explain what they are.
WiFi Radiation Protection Tips
1. Buy The Right Modem Router
I recommend the TP-LINK Wireless N300. You’re probably surprised to hear me recommending you buy a wireless router.
The TP-LINK Wireless N300 is a wireless router with a difference.The difference being that you can switch the WiFi function off and it stays off. The customer reviews on this router on Amazon are outstanding – currently 4.4 out of a maximum of 5 stars.
Wireless routers are what most people buy, unfortunately, so this is where the best value for money is currently found in modem routers. You could buy a non-wireless version but these tend to be over-priced for what you get. The ideal set-up is the TP-LINK Wireless N300 and some good quality shielded Ethernet cable.
If your Internet is supplied by your cable company you need to buy a (wired) cable modem router.
2. Use The Right Ethernet Cable
Your Ethernet cable is the cable that links your modem/router to your PC and provides you with a hardwired internet connection. Most people don’t give this cable a second thought. They use the cable which comes with the modem/router. Mistake. This cable can be a source of RF radiation and so needs to be shielded. There are lots of different qualities of cable category 5, 6, 7 etc. I recommend buying at least Cat 6a SSTP (screened shielded twisted pair) Ethernet cable. Maybe the cable that came with your modem/router is Cat 6a SSTP. In that case you’re OK. If in doubt change it.
3. Learn To Switch Off
Look for software options to disable the Wi-Fi wireless module on devices like laptops, iPod Touches, iPADs, tablets, printers, projectors and anything else that might have Wi-Fi capability. Lower Wi-Fi power intensity is now an option on certain wireless set-ups, look carefully what the software allows you to do. And keep your eye on it once you’ve changed the settings to make sure the default settings don’t come back on again.
If you’re unable to disable Wifi via the software you may be able to have the WiFi module physically removed (requires some electrical knowledge).
4. Swap Wireless For Wired
Replace your wireless keyboard,mouse, printer and whatever else you have that is wireless with USB wired versions.
5. Neighbors WiFi
Legally there is nothing you can do to oblige your neighbors to remove their WiFi so you need to have a softly softly approach. Go and see them have a friendly chat. Ideally take an RF meter with you, show them the radiation levels they are exposing both you and themselves to. Take some print outs of some of the studies that have been done on the dangers of radio frequency radiation.
If they are unsympathetic EMF shielding should be considered only as a last resort measure. An effective WiFi radiation shield may well involve shielding several rooms – this is no small undertaking. Click here for more information on RF shielding.
Reduce Your Exposure To WiFi Radiation Without Eliminating It
I know that some people can’t quite bring themselves to surrender their wireless devices so here are some tips on minimizing WiFi without eliminating WiFi.
1. Keep your distance
WiFi radiation drops off significantly with distance (called the inverse square law). Many routers have a strong enough signal to maintain a connection up to 100m from the router. Make sure you put as much distance between you and your wireless router as you can without diminishing the efficiency of your connection. Remember: walls don’t stop wireless radiation, never situate a wireless router behind a bedroom wall.
2. Switch off at Night
Studies tell us that the biggest danger with WiFi radiation comes from nighttime exposures; cellular regeneration, rejuvenation, and detoxification is impeded and notably melatonin production can be significantly reduced. If you really can’t bring yourself to remove your wireless router you can install a simple mechanical electrical timer (see attached image) on the socket where you plug your router in. Then just set it to turn the power off during sleep time.
3. Use USB Adaptors Wisely
If you use a USB Wi-Fi adapter (for PCs that don’t have a built in wireless network interface card) use it on a USB extension cable (10 feet or more). The same goes if you use a 3G USB dongle to connect to the Internet while you are traveling, an extension cable will significantly reduce your exposure.
Is Powerline Networking The Solution?
This goes under various names ‘powerline networking’ or ‘broadband over power lines’ (BPL). Whichever name is used the principle is the same, special adapters are used to send the Internet signal through your home or office wiring. What does this mean? It means you don’t need to have WiFi BUT these adapters do introduce radio frequency signals (RF radiation) on to your house wiring.
Combining RF radiation with power line frequency electrics is known to give rise to the phenomenon of ‘dirty electricity’. There are many health issues associated with dirty electricity. For this reason I do not recommend BPL as a safe alternative to WiFi.
The dangers of WiFi are real. Use the above tips to eliminate or reduce your exposure to WiFi radiation.