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Let’s face it—we are all addicted to technology. Unless you live totally off the grid, you are constantly being exposed to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation.
Many studies done by respected scientists and researchers warn us that there are health concerns associated with that. Even in our own homes, we are surrounded by harmful EMF radiation.
Wi-Fi is a type of EMF radiation that may pose the biggest threat. It covers the entire house in most homes, and it’s always on, so your potential EMF exposure is 24/7.
What is Wi-Fi Radiation?
Wi-Fi radiation is a type of EMF called radiofrequency radiation (RF) that routers emit to maintain a constant signal to your devices.
There is growing concern that Wi-Fi radiation causes health issues, even severe conditions in some people. These conditions include headaches, muscle aches, heart palpitations, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, and many more.
There are things we can do to lower our risk of serious health problems from Wi-Fi radiation exposure. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect ourselves is to install a Wi-Fi router guard.
What is a Wi-Fi Router Guard?
A Wi-Fi router guard is a box made of metal mesh that works as a Faraday cage. You simply place your router in the box and close the cover.
The mesh then acts as a conductor, which spreads the radiation throughout the mesh and prevents most of it from reaching you. A router guard can attenuate (or reduce) your Wi-Fi’s EMF emission up to 99%.
Installing a router guard is one easy and effective EMF reduction strategy. It’s especially beneficial for families who have their router placed close to areas where they spend a lot of time.
Router Guard Options
There are several ways you can go to add EMF protection to your router. Some are pricey, but read on for an inexpensive, no-tech solution.
A WiFi Router Guard is a classic Faraday cage that’s supposed to block EMF emissions.
Some manufactures claim that their designs can block up to 95% of the EMF radiation your router emits.
These cages come in a variety of sizes to fit most routers.
The prices can range from as low as $40 up to $200 or more, especially for the heavy-duty versions.
WiFi Router Covers
This is a mesh bag that works like the router guards above. You just slip it over your router.
Router covers also come in a variety of sizes, and fit most of the WiFi routers used in the home.
There are a number of manufactures that claim their router covers can provide attenuation of 90% and higher.
However, it also decreases the range of the Wi-Fi signal. These manufacturers say you should still get a good signal within 20 feet from the router.
The prices range from $25 and up depending upon the quality and brand.
Build Your Own Router Guard
If you can weld or know someone who does, it’s pretty easy to make your own router guard with metal mesh and some solder.
Alternatives to Router Guards
Move Your Router
Move your router to a space in your house that isn’t used much. The farther we are from the router source, the less Wi-Fi radiation we absorb.
Turn Your Router Off at Night
You can significantly reduce the risks of Wi-Fi radiation by simply turning off your router at night. You can even change your router settings to do that automatically. (Check your router user’s guide for instructions.)
These options will give your body relief from the constant onslaught of Wi-Fi emissions for the hours you sleep, every night—a significant reduction in the EMF radiation that you absorb in a 24-hour day.
This may be a last resort for some folks but replacing your Wi-Fi with Ethernet would be the best possible solution for Wi-Fi EMF reduction.
And the No-Tech Solution
Simply cover your router with an upside-down mesh wastebasket. Not pretty, but cheap.
You could place your router on a nice piece of furniture and hide the wastebasket behind it. (A corner would work great!)
The sad truth about Wi-Fi radiation is that we can’t escape it—and most of us don’t want to.
We believe we couldn’t live without Netflix, Alexa, or our tablets or video games. The situation is unlikely to improve, so it’s becoming increasingly important to take steps to protect ourselves.
Controlling the toxicity from your household Wi-Fi is a bounding leap in the right direction.