EMF From WiFi Routers – What Is A Safe Distance?
It seems like every device you can buy these days connects to the Internet. It used to be that our PC’s were the only devices that needed online access, but now everything from phones to fridges and from thermostats to crock pots need to connect to web.
As a result, our homes are filled with WiFi. Most homes have at least one wireless router, and often WiFi repeaters scattered around to make sure every corner of our living spaces (and as much of our yards, too) are blanketed in a strong signal.
While all these interconnected devices are amazing applications of technology, they also may pose health risks for you and your family the electromagnetic fields generated by WiFi routers. This EMF radiation exposure is arguably dangerous at close range, and it possibly contributes to significant health issues – especially from excessive long-term exposure.
It is important for people to understand the risks from WiFi EMF radiation, in order to make informed decisions about what level of exposure is right for themselves and also for their family.
EMF Radiation From WiFi Routers
Wireless routers emit EMF radiation that registers in the low-gigahertz frequency frequency range, which is a level many consider potentially dangerous to humans. This danger is exacerbated by a number of variables, including a person’s age, their overall healthiness, their proximity to the Wifi router, the and the duration of their exposure.
Of course, WiFi routers aren’t the only items that create non-ionizing radiation. Appliances in your home, computers, and even baby monitors also contribute. And since more evidence about the potential health risks from EMF radiation continues to come out, it makes sense to take precautions to protect you and your family.
What is a Safe Distance From A WiFi Router?
There is currently no scientific consensus on the safe distance from a WiFi router. The issue has not been studied enough, and many scientists are still grappling with the “if” question on EMF emissions rather than the “how much” questions. Also, the EMF radiation varies from one router model to the next, which further complicates the question.
So the answer is more subjective – as far away as you can be while still getting a good connection for your device.
If you can locate your router 30-40 feet away and still maintain good connectivity that is great. Trying to keep it at least 10 feet away is a good idea to lessen the EMF that gets to you body from the router.
Remember – radiation from WiFi routers can go through walls, so keep that in mind when planning where to locate it. And for those people that are particularly sensitive to EMF radiation should take every effort reduce their proximity and exposure to all sources. That goes for children as well – the safest bet is to maximize the space between your WiFi router and where they sleep.
Here is an interesting video I found on YouTube that measures the radiation put out by a WiFi router:
How to Reduce Your WiFi Exposure
One simple and money-saving way to reduce your family’s exposure is to shut down your WiFi router (and any other devices that generate EMF radiation) at night or when then are not being used. If they are not powered on they can’t hurt you, and you might see a small decrease in your electricity bill as a result.
Of course, if you keep your router far away from your sleeping areas as we suggested, turning it off at night can be a pain. One simple solution to that is to use a programmable electric timer that is set to power off and on according to your schedule. It is much easier than making a trek across your home just before bed and after waking up each day.