WiFi routers are a considerable source of EMF radiation exposure in many homes. And most people keep their routers on 24 hours a day, leading to a significant level of cumulative non-stop exposure. Changing this habit is one way to make a massive reduction in your EMF exposure – which brings us to SYB Healthy Living Tip #28: Turn Off Your WiFi Router at Night.
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Cut Your EMF Exposure
WiFi is a lot more convenient than ethernet, and most modern internet-connected devices don’t even come with ethernet ports anymore. So increasingly WiFi isn’t even seen as an option – it’s just how you access the internet.
But that’s no reason to keep your WiFi routers on when they’re not in use – most notably, when you and your family are asleep.
The type of radiation emitted by your WiFi router is a form of microwave EMF radiation. This is the same type of radiation emitted by cell phones.
There are literally thousands of high-quality peer-reviewed scientific studies linking this type of radiation to negative health effects like cancer and infertility. In one such study, scientist Dr. Martin Pall calls WiFi an important threat to human health and details seven well-established effects of WiFi exposure, including sperm dysfunction, cell damage, and oxidative stress.
The World Health Organization lists EMF radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen. In reality, there is no safe level of EMF.
This type of EMF radiation (also sometimes called radio frequency, or RF radiation) is also linked to sleep disruption.
In short, there are a lot of WiFi health risks that make limiting your exposure worthwhile.
If you have children, this is even more important, because children and babies are more vulnerable to damage from EMF radiation than adults.
So, to begin with, you definitely don’t want a WiFi router in the bedroom. (In fact, we recommend you keep all electronics out of your bedroom.) You want your WiFi router radiation at the safest distance possible.
And if you don’t turn off your WiFi router, you’re being exposed to its EMF radiation emissions when you’re not even using it or getting any benefit from the technology.
Turn Off Your WiFi When You’re Asleep at Night
Think about it. You and your family sleep somewhere between six and nine hours a night. The simple act of turning off your WiFi router at night will cut out that radiation exposure entirely.
That’s approximately 1/3rd of your life without unnecessary WiFi radiation exposure.
Turning off your WiFi router at night is a great habit to develop because you’ll reduce your family’s exposure to EMF radiation. In short, turning off your WiFi at night is the absolute best WiFi router EMF protection.
But there are other benefits to turning off your WiFi, too.
Turning off your WiFi at night increases your personal security (because WiFi can’t be hacked if it’s not on).
And on top of that, you’ll save some money on your power bill. These little devices use a lot more electricity than you might realize. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
There are approximately 145 million of these little boxes in people’s homes and on a per household basis, they consume just under 100 kilowatts per year – more than a new energy efficient 32-inch TV, twice as much as a new 14-inch ENERGY STAR laptop computer, and 30 times as much as a cell phone charger.
In 2012, small network equipment consumed more than… three dirty coal power plants’ worth of electricity.
These small, innocuous black boxes that never sleep consume enough electricity each year to power all 1.2 million homes in the Silicon Valley area.The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
In fact, the NRDC found that turning off WiFi when not in use could save $300M in energy costs annually — and that’s just in the United States.
So turning off your WiFi router at night isn’t just good for your health – it’s great for your wallet, too!
Ways to Turn Off Your WiFi Router at Night
Here are a few options for how to turn off WiFi on a modem.
Turn Off Your WiFi by Unplugging It
The easiest and most obvious way to turn off your WiFi at night is to just unplug your WiFi modem when you go to bed.
Then you can plug it back in when you wake up.
That’s simple and effective – and you can start doing it right now, for free, without learning or buying any new tech.
But it’s another thing you have to remember to do. And some people might not want to add that to their daily list of chores.
Turn Off Your WiFi With A Timer
So, you might prefer an automated solution. You can plug your router into a timer, just like you would a light.
Then set the timer to go on and off when you want it to, and voila! You don’t need to worry about it anymore.
These timers (like this one on Amazon) are inexpensive, super easy to use, and they’re mechanical so they aren’t a source of any additional radiation.
Turn Off Your WiFi With Your Router’s Built-in Timer
If you want the convenience of a timer, you may not have to buy anything new to get that functionality.
Many WiFi routers include timer functionality built right in. Though you will need to be comfortable going in and modifying your router’s settings.
There are a ton of tutorials online like this one that teaches how to do it with an Apple Airport or Airport Express, or this one from YouTube:
If you would like specific instructions for your own WiFi router modem, you can just google “how to set a schedule on my [router name] WiFi router” and you should get the information you need.
How to Turn off Your WiFi Router Remotely With Your Phone
Can I turn off my router from my phone?
Another option to turn off your WiFi router at night is by using your smartphone. Here’s how.
Some companies, like Asus and Verizon FiOS, have apps that can be used to turn off your WiFi router. You can install these apps on your phone to control and manage your WiFi modem. This means you can shut down your WiFi router using your phone, whenever you want.
What if neither your internet service provider or WiFi router manufacturer has an app available? Don’t worry: there’s still a way to do this.
All WiFi routers can be accessed and controlled through a web browser on the same network. And your phone has a web-browser.
So you just have to open the web browser on your phone and go to your WiFi router’s web address (usually something like https://192.168.1.1). From there, you can find an option to shut it off.
Here are links to the instructions for how to disable WiFi on some of the most common routers and internet providers:
ISP specific Modem/Router Instructions:
Modem/Router Manufacturer Instructions:
Turn Off Your WiFi With a Built-In Power Off Button
Turning off your WiFi router by unplugging, using a timer, or through the router’s online control panel can sometimes be a hassle. If you have a physical power button on your router, you can easily switch off your WiFi without disabling the Ethernet.
Though most router manufacturers don’t provide a power button, here is a list of some that do:
- AsRock G10
- AsRock X10
- AVM FRITZ!Box All models (Except Model 6590, 6591)
- NetGear Routers
- Netis ADSL Routers
- Synology Router RT2600ac
- Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac
- Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8)
If You Turn Off Your WiFi at Night, You Can Still Stay Connected
It’s important to realize that turning off your WiFi at night doesn’t mean you have to turn off all of your internet access.
Because turning off your WiFi is just turning off your wireless internet. You can still use wired internet using ethernet.
So, for example, if you want to turn off your WiFi, but still keep your computer online (for overnight backups, for example) that’s easy! Just use an ethernet cable to plug your computer into your router or modem.
That way, you can turn off your WiFi, slash the EMF, and still stay connected.
The Router Isn’t The Only Source of WiFi at Night
Disabling your WiFi router at night will make a huge dent in the EMF levels in your home. And you really should do it.
But if you really want to trim the EMF, remember to disable WiFi on your computers and other devices, too.
While your WiFi router emits a lot more radiation than, for example, the WiFi modem in your cell phone, your cell phone is still a source.
If you don’t disable WiFi on your devices, they’ll still be on, searching for a signal, even if your WiFi router is off. So you’ll want to ensure all of your devices are in airplane mode or have their WiFi disabled throughout the night.
Here’s how to turn off WiFi on:
In short, do make it a habit to cut out unnecessary WiFi radiation at night. You’ll lower your power bills, improve your health, and get a better night’s sleep.
This simple tip is just one example of why we always say the best EMF protection is free.