Does it matter where I put my WiFi?
You may think of those WiFi Routers that are everywhere as harmless, but research is showing if we care about our health, placement of the WiFi router is super important. WiFi makes our lives easier in a world fueled by technology, but easier isn’t necessarily better!
So how can we protect ourselves? By putting space between you and your router. The distance a WiFi signal travels is dependent upon the signal strength of the router so power matters too.
Watch the video I shot measuring my home router and then read below! ☺
Best Place to Put WiFi: Distance is Everything
Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) are invisible. You can’t see them, touch them or feel them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. As awareness about possible negative effects of wireless energy grows, there’s even more curiosity. I think that’s why more and more people ask me how far they need to be and where the best placement of WiFi Routers are for health and safety. As I demonstrate in the video, you can see that with this router, I am exposed to about 100 times more Radio Frequency (RF) energy when I’m next to the router versus standing 20 feet away.
This measurement video, like the others on Safertech, give you an example of the varying levels of energy coming from our WiFi Routers. If I was using the same meter on say, your WiFi, the measurements could vary widely. The point is to demonstrate that there is RF Radiation being emitted and the meters allow you to see—and in some cases hear the energy.
If we can put a safe distance between our WiFi routers with correct placement in our living space, we are less likely to have physical impacts from the EMF(s) coming from our WiFi routers, smartphones and computers. Studies show that EMF can pass through walls, and so it’s important to be mindful that we are not only exposed to the signal from our routers, but from the wireless networks of neighbors and local businesses. All these wireless networks emit EMF that pose potential health risks that range from fertility to insomnia to headaches to tumors.
“Safe” Exposure Level?
For me, the less the better. I feel best when peak levels in my environment are below 1. Micro-Watts per square centimeter. Video Recap:
WiFi Off: Peak levels started at .090
WiFi On: 20′ away from router: .402
WiFi on: 2′ away from router: over 10.
Electromagnetic energy and how it effects our body’s energy is a complicated subject. Please read Wireless Radiation and Your Health An Easy Wellness Guide.
The average level of RF radiation energy in your home depends on how many devices, the type of devices, proximity to cellphone towers and of course, if your devices are powered on. You can lower the levels by turning off WiFi, Bluetooth, printers, Smart Meters your cellphone and any wireless devices.
Now for more good news; there are many different options to reduce exposure:
Turn Off WiFi Before Bed: Use this simple switch so you don’t have to get close the Router! It’s as important as WiFi Router placement. The simple step of hitting the off switch can lead to a better night’s sleep. When on, a WiFi signal may interfere with our brains during sleep, so by turning it off we reduce exposure and hopefully rest more deeply.
Don’t worry about WiFi Router placement: Simply hard-wire! The truth is that giving up WiFi is the best option. Though this may be hard with work, we can easily protect ourselves at home by using Ethernet cables that hard-wire in—they also provide faster and more reliable internet connections. Take a look at our post on WiFi router location warnings from Internet cable providers. It will give you insight how you can reduce EMF exposure.
Set Your Phone to Airplane Mode: Yes, cell phones and tablets emit EMF when our receivers are turned on. Setting our devices to airplane mode reduces the exposure dramatically as these devices tend to remain close to our bodies.
Add Negative Ions: Exposure to WiFi can result in the build up of positive ions that can have negative effects on our bodies. We can neutralize this by adding negative ions, like taking a walk along the beach, or purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp or negative ion generator.