WiFi routers bring one of the largest exposures of RF radiation into your home.
A microwave oven is possibly the only other thing to outdo them (as far as RF radiation is concerned within the home).
If you have a microwave, how long do you use it for though? Maybe for 1 or 2 minutes?
A WiFi router is usually left on 24hrs, 7 days a week. A constant exposure of artificial pulsed radiation penetrating your body day and night.
Turning your router off at night is not enough
There’s many people recommending to just simply turn your modem off at night. To me this is bad advice.
It’s equivalent to saying “I’m now going to smoke 2 packs of cigarettes instead of 4”. Whilst it’s a step in the right direction, this is simply not good enough.
RF radiation is a known carcinogen so if you take your health seriously you will be wanting to eliminate it completely.
Before we begin..
A few things to understand before we begin:
- When I use the words modem or router, I’m talking about the same thing.
- When within a few meters (6ft) of a router, spend as little time there as possible or turn it off (see next step).
- If you need to get up close to the router, quickly turn it off at the power point or pull the power cable (thin black wire) out of the modem first. This is the fastest way to power off a router and will prevent you from being exposed to high levels of RF radiation.
- You might need to check the model number or username and password that can be found on its label (underneath usually). Power it back up when done.
Step 1: Get the cable
The first step is to buy an Ethernet cable long enough to reach your computer or device from where your router is located.
I recommend a Cat6a Ethernet cable because it supports up to 10 gigabits/sec and is completely shielded.
This shielding helps prevent electric fields and high frequency voltage transients from emitting off the cable.
Your modem likely supports numerous wired connections so feel free to buy additional cables to go to different areas of the house.
Step 2: Keeping things neat
We don’t want cables going everywhere, they can be an ugly sight. So that’s why this step was included.
If you’re lucky like me, I have one computer and the cable was easily hidden behind furniture for the 5 meter distance.
I’ve been in homes where this may not be possible or there’s many areas that require internet.
My advice is to try getting a cable that’s the same color as your walls / flooring.
You can then run it up against the edges of the room using some sort of adhesive to keep it there.
Using a wide tape the same color as your carpet to tape the cable along the floor in front of doorways and entrances works great too.
If you’re an owner and don’t want to see cables then hire a cabler. This can be costly but they’ll be able to run it behind walls, in ceilings and under flooring.
Get the cabler to have it going to wall outlets where you require a connection. Always use the best cable when doing so to future proof the home.
Step 3: Turn the WiFi OFF
If your router has a WiFi button on it, simply push it to turn the WiFi off. There should be a light to tell you that indeed it’s now off.
There should now be no RF radiation being emitted from the router. Well done! You can skip to the next step.
If you don’t have a WiFi on/off button then you’ll need to do a bit of extra work:
- Turn the modem off as described in ‘before we begin’ – step 3.
- With it powered off take a look on the sides or bottom for a label with a username and password. Write this down, you’ll need them.
- If you can’t find them, look in the manual or box that it came in. If you still can’t find them, contact your ISP for help.
- Once you know your routers username and password, we’ll now need to find its IP address. Make sure your router is powered back on.
- You might need to wait a few minutes for the router to power up. Get onto a Windows or Mac computer.
- At this point make sure you’re connected wirelessly to the internet on the computer.
- On Windows: Search for ‘command prompt‘ within the Windows search box. You should see a black box. Type in ipconfig and look for the wireless adapter section, look to the default gateway address, then copy and paste this IP (numbers with dots) into your web browsers address bar (firefox, chrome etc). Go to step 9.
- On Mac: Watch this video to find your routers IP address.
- Now you should have the IP address in your browser and be presented with a login screen. If you don’t see this, you’ve entered in the wrong IP. Type in the routers username and password to get access.
- Now you’re within the router settings. Look around for the WiFi On/Off setting and switch it OFF. You might have to look through a few different sections for it. Don’t forget to save this setting and your WiFi will now be off – along with the high levels of pulsating radiation.
- If you have any trouble with these steps or getting your WiFi switched off please contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for help.
Step 4: Make the connection
Now you need to connect the Ethernet cable from your modem to your device/computer.
Computers usually have an Ethernet slot ready to plug straight into.
Other devices (phones, tablets etc) will likely require an adapter to go from its charging port to Ethernet.
If using Apple products always purchase the official adapters from Apple, otherwise you’ll find they won’t work.
Step 5: Turn WiFi off on your device.
Well done you now have a wired connection direct to your modem! There’s one final step that’s often missed and that’s to turn the WiFi OFF on your computer or device.
On Windows at the bottom right, find the network icon near the clock and click it. Turn the WiFi and Bluetooth off.
On Mac up the top right of the screen find the WiFi / network icon. Select it and turn the WiFi and Bluetooth off.
I recommend to also turn airplane mode ON.
For other devices, swipe on the screen to find the WiFi and Bluetooth icons – turn them off. Also turn airplane mode ON. You can also go to your devices settings to turn these off.
You have just eliminated a huge amount of microwave radiation from your life, good work!
Now you can move onto lowering your exposure from cell phones and other things around your home.
For the ultimate EMF protection, it’s highly recommended to have a proper EMF Home Evaluation conducted by an electromagnetic radiation specialist or Building Biologist in your area.
Wireless RF radiation is just one of four EMFs we check for. If you’re within 250km of Sydney then we can help you out with this.