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How to Set Up a Low-EMF Wired Internet Connection at Home: A Simple Guide

How to Set Up a Low-EMF Wired Internet Connection at Home: A Simple Guide

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WiFi has become an integral part of our lives, and so has its EMF emissions. It’s important you do everything you can to reduce your exposure to these emissions because ignoring them can deteriorate your health and well-being. But the reality is, reducing your exposure to EMF radiation from WiFi is challenging: once you turn it on, it fills your home with EMF in mere seconds. And for most of us, turning off the internet forever is not an option. The good news is, there’s a simple solution to this — setting up a low-EMF wired internet connection.

Switching from WiFi to wired internet means that you’ll have reduced EMF exposure and be less prone to EMF-induced health risks.

Why Should You Use Wired Internet?

Wireless internet has undeniably made our lives easier. It can connect to multiple devices at once, and there are no limitations to what room you can use your devices in.

This doesn’t seem to be the case with wired internet. But, if you follow the instructions in this post, you can remove this limitation, at least to some degree. And the best part is, wired internet won’t shower you with EMF as WiFi does.

Here’s a list of devices that you can connect to the internet using an ethernet cable:

  • Desktop computers
  • Stationary laptops
  • Gaming consoles
  • Smart TVs
  • Smart assistants
  • Printers
  • NAS drives
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Wireless access points
  • Smart speakers

You can even use an ethernet cable for your cell phone and tablet. For this, you can get a type-C to ethernet or micro-USB to ethernet adapter, depending on your device.

Wired Internet: Ethernet to USB Type-C Adapter
Ethernet to USB Type-C Adapter

Now I can understand that many of you may have concerns over wired internet – like that it’s hard to set up, it’s an old technology, and why change from WiFi when it’s more trouble-free.

Your concerns are valid to some degree. Wireless internet has impressive benefits, and it’s far more convenient than wired internet. But the thing to understand is that, besides those benefits, it’s also exposing you to EMF radiation that’s incredibly harmful to your physical and mental health.

If you don’t know what the health effects of EMF are, you can read the posts on my EMF Health Effects page.

And about wired internet being an old technology and hard to set up, it would amaze you to know that it’s actually really easy to set up a wired connection. On top of that, wired internet is faster, more reliable, and way more secure than wireless internet. Here’s why.

Speed

When you use an ethernet cable for internet, the data travels through a single closed channel. This is not the case with WiFi: because it uses air, it travels across a much bigger space which makes it easily receptible to interferences.

As a result, EMF from things like your neighbor’s WiFi, your Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, walkie-talkies, other radios, and even a microwave oven can significantly reduce your network speed.

These interferences can cause several problems that make your internet much less reliable. Here are a few examples.

  • Signal dropping: Sometimes, when there’s heavy interference, the router has to try too hard to keep its network consistent. This causes it to completely drop the signal. Although it reacquires the signal very quickly, this can be very irritating if the work you’re doing requires a consistent internet connection (video calls, for example).
  • Increased latency: The more EMF in the air, the higher your internet’s latency will be. Latency is the time the information from your device takes to reach its destination and receive a pingback.
  • Decreased speed: And finally, with all the EMF-emitting devices present in your home, your internet speed will not be nearly as much as you pay your provider for.

This isn’t the case with ethernet cables. Instead, the wires in ethernet cables are protected by a foil shield with excellent electrical conductivity.

wired internet connection
Conductive Foil Shield Covering Wires Inside an Ethernet Cable

This prevents the interaction between EMF from outside the cable and the data transfer inside the cable. You can learn more about how EMF shielding works in my post “EMF Shielding Materials.”

So, in short, ethernet is significantly faster than WiFi, and there’s no getting around that fact.

Security

Security is one of the many things that makes wired internet connections superior to WiFi. See, when you set up a wired connection, it becomes only accessible using a physical cable. This means that if someone wants to go about getting inside your internet connection, they’ll have to physically come to your house, unplug the ethernet cable from your device and connect their computer.

This isn’t the case with WiFi. A 2.4 GHz band can have a range of up to 300 ft (92 meters). This makes it easier for hackers to do things like de-authenticate your devices and crack the encryption key to get inside your network remotely.

Now, one might argue that modern WiFi routers use WPA2 encryption, making it impossible for hackers to sneak into your system and steal your data. But in 2017, Mathy Vanhoef found serious weaknesses in WPA2 encryption. And to prove it, he created a program named Key Reinstallation Attacks, or KRACKs.

KRACKs can easily bypass the WPA2 security encryption that secures all modern WiFi networks and open the network to several exploits.

These exploits include reading private information, stealing credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, and photos. 

Vanhoef developed the KRACKs from a cybersecurity standpoint. But think about how many unsurfaced programs there may be which hackers can use for malicious purposes. In comparison, performing remote attacks like this is almost impossible if you have a wired internet connection because of the physical barriers.

Low EMF

Hardwiring your internet connection means that the EMF radiation will stay inside the cable unless there are sharp bends and kinks. In that case, some of the EMF comes out of the ethernet cable, but the amount is nowhere near the EMF levels you face from WiFi.

Switching to a wired internet connection will significantly reduce your EMF exposure, which means that you can enjoy high-speed internet without having to risk your health.

Process of Switching to Wired Internet

Switching to a wired connection is just a matter of following a set of clear instructions. And you don’t have to be tech-savvy to be able to handle this. But, if you aren’t comfortable with doing it yourself, you can always hire an expert to make the changes for you.

Here’s the simplest and most universal process of switching your WiFi to a wired internet connection.

Get the Equipment

All internet service providers install a modem and a router in your home when you subscribe to their connection. Now, router and modem are two separate devices, but most modern modems come with a router installed inside them. So, there’s a high chance that the modem you have in your home is a 2 in 1 device.

WiFi Router

To find that out, you can simply contact your service provider. Or you can also find this information on the router’s packaging and the pamphlet card that came inside it. This information is important because a wired internet connection gets internet directly from the modem, and you’ll have to turn off the router.

You can turn to Google for information on turning off your router. You can simply enter your router’s name with the keyword “disable WiFi.” But don’t turn it off just yet, you have the rest of the setup to go through before doing that.

Once you have complete information about your modem and router, the next step is to get a LAN switch.

LAN Switch

A Local Area Network or LAN interconnects several devices in one physical location (e.g., homes, offices, and other buildings). A LAN switch with its multiple ports helps you connect many devices to a single network source.

Ethernet Switch

To know which LAN switch will best fit your needs, go around your home, and check how many devices need internet. When you have a count, you can go ahead and purchase a switch with that many ports available or a few more just in case.

If you’re setting up a wired connection for an office with many internet users, there’s also a 40-port version available from TP-link.

Ethernet Cable

While you shop for a LAN switch, don’t forget to grab some ethernet cables too because, without them, your setup won’t complete.

Ethernet Cable

There are many categories of ethernet cables, commonly identified with the word “CAT” followed by a serial number. Check them out below:

CategoryMax Speed TransmissionMax Bandwidth
CAT 5100 Mbps100 MHz
CAT 5e1,000 Mbps100 MHz
CAT 61,000 Mbps250 MHz
CAT 6a10,000 Mbps500 MHz
CAT 710,000 Mbps600 MHz
CAT 7a10,000 Mbps1,000 MHz
Categories of Ethernet Cables

CAT 5 cables are outdated, and it’s hard to find them in stores nowadays. So, the majority of people have switched to CAT 5e cables. They support speeds up to 1 Gbps and cost less than $10 for a 12 ft cable.

However, if this speed isn’t enough for you, you can go for CAT 6. It supports double the speed of CAT 5e, and it also has a robust barrier of conductive material inside to shield and deflect crosstalk and interference. CAT 6 costs around $12-$15 for a 12 ft cable. You can find them on eCommerce sites and in local stores like Walmart and Home Depot.

With the ethernet cables purchased, you’re now ready for setup.

Set It Up

Step 1: Turn on your modem, and make sure that the main cable from your service provider is connected to it. If you hadn’t set it up before, you’ll have to download some mandatory software, as outlined in the setup guide that came with the modem. You’ll also have to follow the on-screen prompts as they come. If you have already performed the setup and are using WiFi, you can skip this step.

Step 2: Get a short ethernet cable and connect the LAN switch to the modem.

Step 3: Start connecting the remaining cables to the LAN switch and take those cables to the rooms where you have your devices. Note that this process could require drilling through the walls or ceiling if you have multiple levels in your home. You can also tape the cables on the walls or run them alongside the carpet.

Step 4: Once the cables reach the room, simply take the end of the ethernet cable and plug it into your device.

Step 5: Turn off the router. This is a crucial step because if you keep your router on, it will keep emitting EMF in your home.

And don’t worry, turning off the router doesn’t turn off your internet. This is because your ISP (Internet Service Provider) sends the internet to the modem and not the router. The router is merely a distributor. So, you’ll continue to receive internet through your modem via the ethernet cables.

Some routers have a physical switch that you can toggle to turn off. If that’s the case with your router, proceed to do that. However, if yours doesn’t have one, you can simply go to your router admin settings and turn it off from there. For instructions on how to do this, you can refer to the pamphlet that came with the router, or you can do a simple Google search with your router’s name.

Step 6: Now that you have turned off your router, you’re now ready to enjoy a much safer wired internet connection.

Measure Your EMF Level

When you switch from WiFi to wired internet, the EMF pollution in your home will go down significantly. But you don’t have to take my word for it. As scholar Suzanne Massie once said, “trust but verify” – see for yourself how much impact this little change has made on your EMF exposure.

To do that, you can test the EMF level in your home before and after you turn off your router, using an EMF meter. I have a free comprehensive guide on my website that you can download right away. This guide teaches you how to use EMF meters, clarifies what the numbers mean, and lists the best EMF meters that you can get at a very reasonable price.

Final Thoughts

Since we don’t have control over most EMF sources surrounding us, heavy EMF exposure has become an inescapable reality. Therefore, it’s important that you do whatever you can to make the sources you have control over a bit safer.

Prolonged and heavy EMF exposure is dangerous for your health and well-being. And thousands of scientists around the world back this statement. Although big tech companies have a different take on this idea, I think it’s safe to say that their motivation is fueled by capital gain and not the general population’s safety.

So, the duty to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from EMF’s negative effects falls upon you. Minor changes like switching from WiFi to a wired connection help reduce EMF pollution in the home dramatically.

I recommend you check out my “Healthy Living Tips” posts collection for more actionable tips to reduce your EMF exposure and the EMF pollution in your home.

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