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Safest Form of Rural Internet?
July 20, 2019
11:35 am
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silverlight7
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Hi everyone,

I’m trying to find out what the safest form of internet would be for me.

Obviously, cable/fiber-optic would be best, but I live in a rural area, so that is not an option for me.

Currently, I have satellite internet (Hughesnet Gen5). I haven’t felt any ill effects over the past 8 years I’ve had it, but it is the worst internet service I’ve ever had.

My only other options are: mobile broadband (4G), DSL, or fixed wireless.

My understanding is that DSL is not considered safe because it creates a lot of noise throughout the phone lines in your house.

Fixed wireless is similar to satellite internet, except that the dish is aimed at a local cell tower instead of a satellite. It also uses 4G frequencies instead of higher satellite frequencies.

I’ve tried tethering my smartphone to my PC with a USB cable and shielding it, but I still picked up significant amounts of RF on my meter. It seemed like the microwaves were traveling through the computer and any thing connected to it, like my mouse and keyboard.

Is it possible to use DSL safely? I’ve done a lot of searching, but I haven’t found much information on the safety of different forms of internet.

Otherwise, fixed wireless (WISPA) looks the safest.

Thanks!

July 20, 2019
2:30 pm
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Hi Silverlight, welcome to the forum. Regarding your question – I had an ADSL internet connection for several years. I wasn’t aware of any issues with noise on the phone wiring, but I’m probably not sensitive enough to have picked it up. There are normally ADSL filters supplied to prevent the noise for interfering with phone calls. Maybe these would suppress sufficient noise. I found the ADSL service to be slow and unreliable, but some of that may have been the fault of our supplier.

Regarding the two -‘ satellite’ options – the best solution I have ever seen was where the dish was located about 20 meters away from the house (due to the local topography, signal strength etc) and connected to a non-wifi router by a cable. This was done by people who had no awareness of any safety issues until I spoke to them! But they had accidentally installed what appeared to be a good solution.

July 22, 2019
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Thanks Peter. I’m not sure if DSL or fixed wireless will be safe (it depends on how they install it), but I’ve actually thought of another solution.

I’m going to try setting up a mobile hotspot in my garage and connecting to my house via fiber optics. The garage is 125 feet from my house, and when I use my smartphone as a mobile hotspot in the garage, there is very little increase in the exposure I receive in my house. (Exposure changes from .0005-.0006 to .0008-.0014 mw/m2). I’m sure that with some shielding, there would be no increase in exposure at my house.

I’ve chosen to link the house to the garage with fiber optics instead of an ethernet cable to prevent the microwaves from traveling back to the house through the ethernet. Not 100% sure if it would travel through the ethernet cable, but it seems like any cable that you connect to a wireless source acts like an antenna.

I plan on turning the hotspot off whenever I go in the garage. As along as I don’t have anything downloading when I turn it off, exposure should be minimal.

I’ll post an update once I test it out and let you know if it works.

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