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Is WIFI less harmful than cellphones?
September 18, 2014
5:50 pm
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Allie Miles
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My experience and research have led me to believe WIFI emits just as much harmful radiation as cellphones, yet
some websites claim WIFI emits much lower RF or even a fraction of RF that cellphones emit. Are those sources
lying? Please help clear up this discrepancy for me. I feel that having WIFI in homes and schools is just as detrimental
for our health as oning a cellphone. In fact if you don’t keep your cellphone on your person & just txt/use speaker phone,
I beliieve wifi routers are much more harmful. I can sense their radiation much stronger….both throughout our house,
my kids’ school and especially when I sit near a wifi-connected pc or use a wifi-connected tablet.

September 20, 2014
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Allie I suspect you may be right about wifi. If a cellphone is used responsibly (as you appear to do), its impact can be managed. Also cellphones regulate their signal strength to keep it to a minimum (to conserve the battery). So exposure from a phone can be intermittent, which at least gives the body a chance to recover. Suggestion – put the phone in airplane mode whenever you can – this will cut out any RF transmissions from the phone. (Exposure from the masts is a separate issue and much harder to avoid/manage. It varies enormously, depending on where you are).
Wifi is continuous, exposure is constant and the body has no chance to recover until the source is removed – either by distance or switching it off. The other issue is the strength of the signal – you really need a meter to verify this as it can be influenced by so many factors. I have measured signals in various environments, houses etc and sometimes been astonished at the strength of the signal even from a domestic router. There is plenty of good advice on this site for minimising exposure from all sources. One suggestion I would make is to switch off the router when not in use, especially at night. This cannot possibly do any harm, will save you a small amount of electricity, reduce your carbon footprint and give the body a chance to de-stress. Yet I know so many people who refuse to do this for reasons which they seem unable to explain. Another is to check the router configurator to see if there is an option to reduce the signal strength – some routers have this facility.
Wifi is a very erratic signal (this is really apparent when using a meter with an audio function) and some scientists believe that this is a significant contributor to the biological impact of a signal. Personally I find wifi to be the signal which affects me the most (although I do not have a cordless phone).

July 27, 2018
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The worst in terms of EMF are listed below (in my opinion):

1) Cordless DECT phone. Even with ECO Plus activated you get EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS once you are using or receiving a phone call. It’s a lot worse than wi-fi routers.

2) Wi-fi routers with the worst settings. If you change Beacon interval and transmit power you kinda mitigate the problem, but remember the router is on 24 hours a day. Use a timer to turn it off in the hours you are sleeping

Cellphones are bad, but you can use adapters and access the internet through ethernet cables. You can also turn bluetooth off. And you can turn wifi and BT off and still receive phone calls, if you didn’t enable Airplane Mode.

If you are using the 2.4 GHz in iPAD/iPhone you are being exposed to very high radiation levels. So reduce the ammount of time you spend in them and definitely turn Airplane Mode when you are going to sleep.

Also keep some distance from them since they also generate a magnetic field, so don’t get used to put them very close to your body. If you are studying, for example, never put them in your lap, instead place them above your desk, not very close.

July 28, 2018
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Hi Perene – welcome to the forum and thanks for your contributions so far. I would just add one or two comments.
In his last interview with Lloyd, Alasdair Philips (probably the UK’s leading expert on all this), in response to my question, suggested that DLAN (internet over power cables) is probably less harmful that wifi, and may be an option in many domestic situations. It’s not perfect – Dr Sam Milham warns against it – but the signal strength is much lower than wifi. Personally I find wifi very disruptive, but I can use DLAN without any problems. If you happen to be particularly sensitive to the DLAN frequencies (in the KHz range) then clearly this would not be an option.
I have read that with some recent devices, putting them in Airplane mode does not necessarily disable all microwave signals. Particularly wifi – this needs to be disabled explicitly. Ideally one would test with a meter that all transmissions have been disabled.
I believe it is also possible to use Ethernet adapters for ipads – it’s certainly possible for some Macs, as my son does it when he’s here.
In the studies and reports I’ve seen, wifi and cordless phones compete for first place as the devices which cause the most severe problems.

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