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32 November 2020 • Forest Row Local
Wifi: too much of a good thing?
There are lots of clever wifi devices to ensure that you can get a good signal in the office, the living
room and throughout the house. However, a developing body of evidence suggests that wireless communications have a noticeable biological impact - in blunt terms, they may not be good for you. This is driving a modest but growing move to reduce wifi use and even to shield one’s living space against wireless communications’ pervasive influence.
Reducing wifi usage is easy: simply turn the damn thing off. If you
are determined enough to reduce wifi then the inconvenience of potentially changing the router that brings internet into your house, and finding ways to deliver your internet with wires are forgivable sacrifices on the path to eliminating wifi from your phone, tablet and computer.
Rather than enjoying those golden rays of invisible light radiating throughout your house, you can use some wires. This does not necessarily mean running lots of extra cables around your house. An effective alternative uses
your electrical wiring to carry the internet signal to your devices. This provides every electrical socket in your house with the potential to serve you with internet, giving you flexibility to use your devices in
a variety of locations around the house - almost like having wifi.
Stepping beyond this to transform commonly wifi-only devices such
as phones and tablets to use
wired internet takes a little extra hardware. It helps to have a degree
of hair-shirted determination not to take the ever-so-convenient wire- free path but the work itself is easy and simple to do.
If running your own wifi is like active smoking, then passive smoking is bathing in the warmth of your neighbours’ network. As the Internet of Things gradually adds wifi to every conceivable device from nappies to light bulbs, the density of this ‘smoke’ will only increase. Bar trying to persuade your neighbours of your passionate decision to abandon wifi in every form - which seems a rather good way to lose their friendship - you might like to consider shielding your home.
Each house blocks wireless communication to some degree. Metal joists and the thick brick walls of Victorian houses do a particularly good job in this respect. You can enhance this significantly using products designed to block wifi and mobile telephone signal. These come in a variety of forms including paints, boards and fabrics.
The boards are simple to attach to the wall - think plasterboard and you are not far off. The fabrics can be made into curtains or even integrated into bed spreads. The paints are suitable as a layer under your final decoration - unless you like looking at black walls. In each case, the conductive material (yes, even conductive paint) needs to be earthed to be most effective and does a good job in blocking the transmission of today’s signals.
Naturally these materials are not free. Painting the main walls of a reasonable sized house will easily cost you several hundred pounds in paint alone. Is the benefit worth the cost? That entirely depends on your perspective. That cost may seem quite acceptable compared with the challenge of finding oneself trying to sleep next to a powerful router, or ridiculously over-priced for a few litres of very thick paint.
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