RF radiation from my router
In order reduce exposure to RF radiation, I decided to connect my laptop to the internet via ethernet. I connected an ethernet cable to my router and then switched the WiFi from my router off. The WiFi network now no longer appears in my "available" networks, however when I use my EMF meter, it still has the same (very high) RF readings near the router. Does turning off the WiFi on the router usually eliminate RF radiation? I am using the Huawei b535-235, which is an over-the-air router/modem. Is that the reason for the still existing radiation? I read articles stating that connecting via ethernet would eliminate RF radiation completely, but maybe that is just the case if you have a ASDL modem/router?
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You have a single modem/router unit? Or do you have a modem/router unit, and then a second router? It sounds like just a single unit.
I have seen units that shutting off the WiFi does not actually eliminate the radio - and the radio still puts out radiation. You have gone through all of the settings - advanced settings pages too - to see if there are settings to completely turn off the WiFi? You can't just turn off the network name broadcast (SSID). There should be a setting to turn the radio off completely. Not all routers have this setting though.
We can do a remote session with you to go through your router and check all of the settings and see if there is a way to completely eliminate that radiation for good.
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I have a Huawei b535-235, and a JRS Eco WiFi router connected to it.
I have attached you screenshots of the settings page from the Huawei. I am not sure if it is completely disabled? The page in the screenshot is the only one where I think it is possible to switch off WiFi by moving all the toggles to the left. For the JRS EcoWifi I am pretty sure it is disabled, as there is a toggle where you can turn radio to "off". JRS EcoWifi.png
You are correct here. An over-the-air Modem/Router like the one you have, which is a 4G signal, is still an RF signal. Turning off the Wi-Fi eliminates the units ability to Transmit RF signals outbound. The Router is still receiving signals inbound from the connection to 4G.
Under most circumstances you should have a separate modem, ( with no ability to transmit Wi-Fi ) connected to a Wired-Only router or a Low-Emissions Wi-Fi Router.
Cable Internet is an option which comes in through a coax cable. This type of Service will allow you to use a Modem and Router separately and is probably the most common used internet type these days. Examples: Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox etc.
Fiber internet would be another option, ( but typically you are stuck with their device as a primary internet source ) and you can disable Wi-Fi settings accordingly or connect it to a Wired-Only Router or Low-Emissions Wi-Fi Router. AT&T is the most common or Frontier
ADSL is probably the least likely internet service that you will find availability for, but will also work. It is very hard to find a modem only ADSL device without Wi-Fi that will work with your service. Still, you can disable Wi-Fi on it and connect to your own Wired-Only Router or Low Emissions Wi-Fi Router. The Speeds are horrendous with ADSL but sometimes speed does not matter for some people and therefore is not an issue of concern.
Connecting to a Wired-Only Router with a Shielded/Grounded Ethernet cable connection is going to be optimal.
Connecting to a Low Emissions Wi-Fi Router with a Physical On/Off button is going to be optimal if you truly just need to have Wi-Fi as an option.
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Thank you for clarifying, Seth! I don't have a phone line, so getting cable internet might prove to be difficult. My neighbors have fibre internet so it would probably be an option for me to get it installed as well, but laying the fibre cables might be quite a large/costly process?
In terms of using an over-the-air router and connecting it via ethernet to my computer - this might be a silly question (forgive me, I am not an expert in this area), but if the router receives WiFi signal from the air and transmits those through the cable to the laptop, won't I be exposed to it by touching the laptop physically? (even if the radiation in the air is reduced).
Oh I misread and thought you had a DSL modem. Seth is correct - if your modem is a cellular or "over the air" modem then yes, indeed, it will always be putting out radiation! It has to upload packets in the form of RF radiation. So it will be constantly radiating toward the towers. You can sometimes move the modem to an attic or something and attach an external directional antenna that will help direct the radiation moreso in one direction. It is not a perfect solution, but it can help a lot and also improve your signal/reception. But the best solution would be to get cable or fiber Internet service and get rid of the over-the-air service.
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Thanks Shaun, that's what I suspected :) I live in a rather small house (25square metres), so my options to move the router "away" are a bit limited. Since I have limited options to move to a cable or fiber option, I was thinking, the smartest thing to do would probably be to move it as far away from my working place as possible and connect it with an ethernet cable?