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As a frequent user of technology, WiFi has become an indispensable part of my daily life. With the increasing number of WiFi-enabled devices, such as smart TVs and appliances, WiFi has become more prevalent in today’s society. Even in some cities, free WiFi is available, making it even more accessible. WiFi seems to be everywhere I go, whether it’s at home, work, or even in public places.
As someone who has set up WiFi in my own home, I understand that WiFi routers are essential in creating a wireless network. The performance and coverage of your network are influenced by several factors, including the type and quality of your router, along with the surrounding environment in which it is positioned. If I need to expand my network’s coverage, I can use a device called a range extender. However, without an extender, a standard WiFi router typically has a range of about 150 feet.
As someone who cares about my health and safety, I understand that radiofrequency waves used in wireless networks to transmit data may pose health risks. It is essential to educate myself about these potential health concerns and learn how to protect myself. One resource that I can check out is the article WiFi Radiation: Health Concerns & Protection Tips. By staying informed and taking appropriate measures, such as using EMF shielding products or switching to wired connections, I can continue to enjoy the benefits of WiFi without compromising my health and safety.
How WiFi routers work
I understand that WiFi routers are essential components that create a wireless network. I know that the size of the network depends on the strength of my router and the environment in which it operates. If I need to extend the range of my network, I can use an extender. On average, a standard WiFi router has a range of about 150 feet.
It is important to note that a wireless network created by a WiFi router doesn’t necessarily have to provide internet access. It simply creates a wireless network that can be used for various purposes, such as wireless printing. In order for the router to establish an internet connection, it must be connected to an active modem via an ethernet cable.
One of the essential functions of wireless routers is that they can both send and receive signals. When connected to the internet, the router sends the signal to the modem via the ethernet cable. The devices on the network, including the router itself, use radiofrequency waves to send their WiFi signals. It is crucial to be aware of the potential health risks associated with these radiofrequency waves, and take steps to minimize exposure to them.
WiFi router radiation
It’s crucial to be informed about the potential health risks associated with prolonged exposure to WiFi radiation. Radiofrequency waves used in WiFi routers fall in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands on the electromagnetic spectrum, which is the same range as microwave radiation. While non-ionizing radiation is generally considered less harmful than ionizing radiation because it lacks the energy needed to split an atom, prolonged exposure to WiFi radiation may still have negative health effects.
It’s important to note that the International Association for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, recognizes radiofrequency waves as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Although there’s still no concrete evidence that WiFi radiation is harmful, there’s also no guarantee that it’s safe. Therefore, I believe it’s crucial for me to take proactive steps to protect myself from potential harm by reducing my exposure to WiFi radiation. I can use DIY EMF shielding projects, such as an EMF blocking bed canopy or curtains, or switch to a wired network instead of using WiFi to reduce exposure. Until more research is done on the effects of WiFi radiation, it’s essential to stay informed and take steps to protect myself and my family.
Measuring radiation from your WiFi router
If you’re worried about the amount of radiation coming from your WiFi router, the first step to take is to figure out how much EMF radiation it’s emitting. To do this, I would need an EMF meter. I would typically recommend the TriField TF2 because it’s known for its accuracy, and it can detect all types of EMF radiation, including RF. For other options, check out our guide to EMF Meters For Any Budget. When checking for EMF radiation from a WiFi router, I would take the highest reading next to or in front of the router’s antenna. Then, I would gradually move away to see the levels at different distances. It’s possible that there is an area in your home with less EMF, or there may not be—it all depends on your home’s size, the strength of your WiFi router, and other factors. I would also recommend taking a reading with the router off to get an idea of how much radiation you could eliminate by getting rid of WiFi altogether.
As someone who is concerned about the potential health risks associated with WiFi router radiation, there are several things that I can do to minimize exposure in my home. One approach is to focus on the areas of my home that are most affected by the radiation. Alternatively, I can take a more comprehensive approach and address all areas at once.
- Go wired. One solution is to switch from WiFi to a wired connection, which produces the least amount of EMF radiation. Although this approach requires a lot of work and planning, it is the most effective whole-house solution. To switch to a wired connection, I would need to connect each internet-enabled device via a cord and ensure that all cables connect at a central hub. For more information on how to make the switch, I can check out resources like the Reduce WiFi Radiation: How to Switch from WiFi to Wired Internet guide.
- Go dark. Another approach is to go dark by turning off the WiFi router for a few hours each day or overnight while sleeping. By reducing the amount of WiFi radiation present during these times, my body will be better able to repair itself from daily stressors. This approach may not be as effective as a wired connection, but it is a simple way to reduce exposure without completely sacrificing internet access.
- Get a WiFi router guard. For times when the WiFi router is powered on, I can use a WiFi router guard. These guards act as Faraday cages, enclosing the router and preventing EMF radiation from escaping while still allowing the WiFi signal to pass through freely. There are many different styles of guards available, from cages to bags, and I can even build my own. To learn more about WiFi router guards and how to choose the right one for my needs, I can consult helpful guides and resources.
- Move the router. Lastly, I can consider moving the router to reduce my household’s exposure to WiFi radiation. By moving the router further away from high-traffic areas or beds, I can create more distance between the source of radiation and the places where people frequent. This is a simple yet effective way to reduce exposure without sacrificing internet access.
As someone who wants to minimize my exposure to RF-EMF radiation, I recognize that my WiFi router is one of the main sources of this type of radiation in my home. Although it’s difficult to completely eliminate exposure to RF-EMF radiation, I can take steps to reduce it. One way to do this is to limit the amount of time I spend using WiFi-connected devices. Another approach is to create physical barriers to prevent the radiation from reaching me. For example, I can use shielding materials, such as copper mesh or conductive fabric, to block RF-EMF radiation. These materials work by absorbing or reflecting the radiation, preventing it from passing through.
Another option is to use a router guard or shield, which encloses the router and prevents radiation from escaping while still allowing the WiFi signal to pass through. A router guard operates similarly to a Faraday cage—an enclosure designed to block electromagnetic fields and protect against their effects. These guards come in different forms, such as cages or bags, and are available for purchase or can be made at home.
To further reduce my exposure, I may consider moving my WiFi router to a less frequently used area of my home or further away from areas where I spend the most time. I can also consider turning off my router at night or when I’m not using it to reduce my exposure during these times. Additionally, I may look into switching from WiFi to a wired internet connection, which produces significantly less RF-EMF radiation than WiFi.
Overall, it’s important for me to be aware of the potential health risks associated with RF-EMF radiation and take steps to minimize my exposure. While complete elimination of exposure may not be possible, taking steps to reduce exposure can provide me with peace of mind and help protect my health and the health of my family.