January 20, 2019
60-yr-old male from Long Island here. I’ve had a bad feeling about all of this stuff from way back and have been taking precautions but it’s hard to stay a step ahead of this tidal wave that is engulfing us.
Yeah, I’m sensitive to wireless frequencies. Was living in a low-tech house I inherited from my parents. No TV, had a land-line phone with internet, no wifi, no smart meter. Saved old corded phones as well as old pre-WIFI enabled computer printers. Had to sell out my half of the house to my brother though because couldn’t afford it with financial difficulties in my business.
Got an apartment that “seemed” okay… but I was desperate to find anything affordable. At that time my only method for measuring EMF was a tip from an old article from I believe Mother Earth News – using a portable transistor radio tuned all the way to the left of the AM dial. First night in the apartment my ears were ringing, couldn’t sleep. Dug out the radio and the place was off the charts. Bought an Acousticom2 and it showed the same high reading. Landlord thought I was nuts.
It was so bad I moved out and lived out of my van for 6 months.
With winter coming on, a friend offered me an upstairs room of her house. While she had a router downstairs, I was able to put my bed at the other end of the house where it barely registered on the Acousticom… until yesterday.
She had the Verizon FIOS “updated”. Not sure what all they did but the house is a lot “hotter” now. My ears are ringing. Looks like she got a new modem and she let me turn it off at night. Still the place is hot and on the Acousticom there is a “clicka click, clicka click” going through the place so I don’t know where that’s coming from but it wasn’t there before. I’m at my wit’s end…
August 17, 2014
Hello WiFried and welcome to the forum. I sympathise with your wifi predicament. May I offer a few suggestions in case you have not tried them?
Note that the radio and the meter are measuring quite different frequency ranges. The radio is picking up Dirty Electricity (see main site here for more info) – the meter is picking up what is generally known as Radio Frequency radiation – wireless stuff like wifi, mobile phones and towers, cordless phones etc in the microwave range.
Most wifi routers have options to reduce the signal strength. To do this you need to log in to the router’s management interface and find the appropriate settings – usually ‘Transmit Power’ and ‘Beacon Period’. There may be more info on the main site here under JRS-Eco router. General idea is to set the transmit power as low as possible and still allow the wifi to work where it is needed. Set the beacon interval to the highest value you can (usually 1000 msec) – it only affects the time taken to establish a new connection. You may find instructions for your router via google, on Youtube, or Verizon should be able to help.
If the router has an ethernet port you could disable their wifi completely and connect a JRS-Eco router. These are very configurable and have a built-in timer to switch off automatically overnight. More details on the main site here.
You could eliminate wifi completely using Powerline adapters. This solution is not perfect – it does produce more dirty electricity, but according to Alasdair Philips (UK’s leading expert) it is likely to be much less problematic than wifi. As always it depends exactly what you are sensitive to.See video
Better still, could you connect everything with ethernet cables and eliminate both wifi and Powerline.
There are examples of the A’com sounds on the EMFields website somewhere – might help you identify the source.
I hope you find something to solve your problem.
January 20, 2019
Thank you for the reply. Since the upgrade, the landline phones have not worked so a technician was by today. I was explaining my situation to him and he told me the new router was broadcasting both 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHZ and showed me on the back of the router a website URL and password where I could turn off the 5GHZ. I was thinking the 5 GHZ was this 5G we’ve been hearing so much about but apparently it’s not.
I followed the instructions and turned off the 5 GHZ signal. I don’t know if that’s the same as what you’re suggesting but I’ll look into your method as well.
The ringing in my ears has diminished considerably! But the clacka clack signal is still going throughout the house. I am on another EMF forum and they have posted some sound frequency samples and I didn’t find anything that sounded like the signal I’m seeing/hearing on my Acousticom that wasn’t there before.
August 17, 2014
Hi Wifried, I’d forgotten that some wifi protocols now use 5GHz as well as 2.4 – thanks for the reminder. I think it’s a relatively recent addition to allow extra bandwidth. This is not the setting I was thinking of – look for something like ‘transmit power’ which usually has a pull-down menu of various percentages from 20 upwards. Being set by engineers, this usually defaults to 100% but in practice in a home setting it will usually work perfectly well at a much lower setting. On the very rare occasions anyone has used wifi in our house, 20% (the lowest setting allowed on our router) has worked perfectly.
January 20, 2019
I’m still trying to find on Verizon’s site where that transmit power thing is.
In the meantime… I have identified the clacking sound. It is not the sound of a router, I know what that sounds like.
It’s this: https://www.irobot.com/
The landlord had one of these Roomba robot cleaners on a charging station in the living room, below my bedroom. The whole living room and my bedroom upstairs was full of the clacka clack sound. I asked her to move it to the kitchen and the sound disappeared from those rooms and the Acousticom went back down to the lower level in the bedroom.
For reference, here is a video I made of the sound the night BEFORE I figured out what it was:
Now the problem still remains of pressure in my ears from the Wifi. The Wifi router has both 2.4 and 5 GHZ frequencies. I tried shutting off the 5 GHZ at Verizon’s website and it felt a little better at first then after awhile returned to the same feeling in my ears. As of right now, I have BOTH turned off as my laptop upstairs is connected to an ethernet port anyway and I can still use the internet.
The landlord uses her laptop with wifi downstairs and she’s not home now. But she said she is willing to get an ethernet connection too. I will have to see how this plays out. In the meantime I will move my bed back to where I had it (see video)
August 17, 2014
It sounds as if you have a very co-operative landlord/neighbour. It helps a lot – many years ago we had to ask a neighbour to move a cordless phone away from the adjoining wall. They did – and my son’s sleep disturbances went away!
Regarding the transmit power. I would try logging in to the management facility and exploring it – the option may appear under WLAN Configuration, Advance WLAN Options, Wireless Configuration etc. This is how I’ve found it on our various modems. If you don’t change any options you should not do any damage. There may be a video on Youtube.
It’s worth checking periodically that the 5GHz is still disabled, especially if you start re-experiencing symptoms. Sometimes these options can get re-enabled if the ISP sends down an update or does any diagnostic work. Sometimes Windows updates re-enable wifi on my laptop.
January 20, 2019
It’s crazy, I now have both 2.4 and 5.0 GHZ wifi disabled on the router through the FIOS website, but I can still use my laptop since it’s an ethernet connection. I will turn on the 2.4 when the landlord needs to use her laptop, which isn’t often.
Yes, I’m very fortunate as she is the girlfriend of one of my best friends. The previous landlord where I had this issue went nearly ballistic, told me it was all in my head, etc. Yet I’ve been living at this current apartment 2 years with no issues until the FIOS upgrade last week!!
So here’s where I’m at. With both wifi disable I went to bed last night and felt a pressure around my ears like a huge ball of cotton over each ear creating a frequency sensation that obliterated the usual “white noise” that I hear in my ears at all time for most of my life. After a few hours of not sleeping, I went downstairs and unplugged the router and that seemed to clear things.
Called Verizon today and they told me the upgrade changed my speed from 50 mps to 150 mps. I don’t know if the speed has anything to do with it but they said they can bump it as low as 75 if I keep the same router. Or the other option is to go back to the previous router we had. Thoughts?