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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

Been thingkin about gettin a router to connect two PC's and a laptop at home.
Quite like the look of this 'AirPlusExtreme' DI-624-54G model from D-Link.
A very impressive beast with it's two 'horns', wide bandwidth and compatability
with the upcoming 54Mpbs/802.11g standards.
For me the faster the better, however with this increase in speed, what are the implications in the context of 'brain frying',if any.
As I have two young nieces running around the place, mobile phones in hand,
I'd like to be sure of any further dangers before I went ahead.
Any views,comments,info on the subject will be appreciated lots.
Thanks,
AL
http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=498
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

Brain frying. I'll have two portions please.

There is no need to worry about this with wireless networks.

Mobile phones only produce enough waves to damage you brain, during prolonged use when right next to your head.

These signals are strong enough to reach back to a base relay unit, which can be pretty far away.

Wi-Fi has only a short range, and unless you are very very strange, you won't be placing it right next to you head will you!!

The fuss with Mobile phones masts (quite rightly) is the high powered base relay units. These cast hotspots (the strongest poitn of transmision), far greater than Wi-Fi.
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

I have certainly never, ever heard of any risks relating to wireless networking - anyone else care to comment?

I can understand your concern with younger ones around though Smiley
Ianwild
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

I genuinely don't think you have anything to worry about with a normal 802.11b setup - The power is nothing more than you are already regularly exposed to by the many things that we use in day to day life.

Frankly, the benefits of wireless networking far outweigh any potential risk imho.

Regards,
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

Not next to my head Philip, but pretty close the current modem is next to the
monitor I'll probably find a new location for this a bit further away.
I know what the 'official' position is regading mobile phones interestingly,
a friend who designs parts for Nokia, Motorola, etc would disagree with that.
My brain is well and truly fried anyway Eurotrain, so yes it is the young ones
which are a concern, I know their mother will be asking all sorts of questions
when she spots my new toy. Smiley
PS. Thanks for that Ian, to clarify it would be the upcoming 54Mbps/802.11g
standards ie 5 times the speed, and hence the possibilty of any increase in risk if any.
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

As an ex radio and electronics engineer I can back Ians statement that there is more risk fom everyday household items.
consider the TV for instance the Line time base circuit on this is producing about 25 kilo volts at a frequency high enough to have some of this energy radiating from the set.
Your wireless links on the other hand are working at millivolts and you could literaly poke the arial in your ear or up your nose with no ill effects. Well not from radiation anyway :roll:
Ianwild
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

I guess thats Radio Amateurs for you John - Always agreeing Wink
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Possibly slightly off-topic but from what I've read you must use a mobile phone for at least 3 hours a day every day (with it next to your head) before you start having any risks of bad things Smiley

But no, never heard of any fears related to wifi...
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You can increase that to six hours if you tunr vibrate off :lol:
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oh yeah? what difference would that make? as far as i know vibrate is just a motor...
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Might shake your head a bit though. :lol:
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So the brain will end up scrambled as well as fried. :lol:
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lol this is turning into some kind of brain cookery class or something rather than discussing health risks of wifi :shock:
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Wireless networking - A health risk ?

*ahem* back on-topic? Smiley

I've always wanted to say that and not be the one who went off topic in the first place Smiley