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I wonder if wireless routers are good and safe for home? I mean are they dangerous and is it good to be near a wireless router? So please answer, cuz I'm buying a router next week.

asked Jul 20 '10 at 09:06

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edited Jul 20 '10 at 09:20

i use linksys, i have had good luck with them. the only thing dangerous about them is if you leave them unsecured. if you are worried about getting cancer from it, dont, home routers are not powerful enough, and im not sure if any of them are...

answered Jul 20 '10 at 09:12

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FCC limits people to 500mw transmit power for wifi but like 90-95% of the routers on the market do only 28mw

RF cant give cancer no matter what you do with it. Every year there many tests that prove it then a equal number that disproves it. But overall it comes down to with out the use of a router, surrounding everyone in the US right now is probably around 2000-5000 mw or RF energy across the spectrum, there are many things that use RF and those signals will wind up in your home.

When RF gets too high, for example going too close to a radio station or TV station antenna (you will often see videos of birds flying past one and instantly getting killed because they are basically being microwaved by something much more powerful than a microwave oven. (and yet, people who are like 500 feet from the antenna are perfectly safe) (those antennas will generally have like a 50-100 foot kill zone for humans depending on the power)

(Jul 25 '10 at 12:58) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

They are perfectly safe. There is nothing to worry about. I have a Linksys and no problems have ever occurred.

answered Jul 20 '10 at 12:46

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ok, but i have TP-LINK wr340g

(Jul 25 '10 at 09:33) elko5903 elko5903's gravatar image

In short; they're fine.

Steps to take:

  1. Change the admin password (also change the username if possible)
  2. Change the default SSID
  3. Use MAC Address Filtering - create a list of 'allowed' devices from the devices you have in your home
  4. Hide your SSID - this does not broadcast your SSID to wireless devices
  5. Use WPA2 Encryption with a complex key - the generators are good for this - do not use your own passwords/phrases even though they may be easier to remember

answered Jul 25 '10 at 11:08

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"Steps to take:" ...........

Dude the question is about are they safe. (Witch they are) Not how to keep them fom getting hacked ....

(Jul 25 '10 at 11:24) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

I have just re-read the question and see your point; it is valid. But the first part of the question was open to interpretation, so these steps may still help.

(Jul 25 '10 at 12:23) swinnie swinnie's gravatar image

i used to have a netgear, and i wouldn't class them as safe, i leave my router on all night and all day, as you are supposed to be able to, but the temperatures that it used to reach on the underside, they wont give you cancer but they may burn your house down if you dont let them have air

answered Jul 25 '10 at 16:45

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Tim Fontana


this is so true. the first day i got my router, i left it all the day and night. but when i waked up my router was hot like a fried egg.

(Jul 26 '10 at 04:55) elko5903 elko5903's gravatar image
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