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Streaming TV through Ethernet vs. WiFi

by brand57 / March 21, 2018 6:51 AM PDT

Wondering if anybody has had any experience streaming TV (Hulu, Netflix, etc.) by way of an ethernet connection vs. WiFi? If so, is the experience and quality the same, similar, better, worse?

I am trying to “cut the cord” from traditional cable TV services, but would prefer not to stream over WiFi, as I’m trying to minimize the EMF waves / signals that are being transmitted throughout the house.

I do realize that doing this does not eliminate the “problem” that I’m trying to solve for since, as I understand it, the router is always “working” in the background. I’m just trying to find a way to minimize the amount of EMF exposure to my newborn and toddler. Yes, I know there’s a lot of debate around this topic, but when it comes to the health of my children, I’m going to err on the side of trying to create a “safer” environment for them where and when I can... if I can.

Thank you in advance for any help / suggestions!

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Yes, router is ‘working’ but....
by Pepe7 / March 21, 2018 3:04 PM PDT

...most modern routers let you disable wifi easily.

AFAIK the research stil has not proven any conclusive links to wifi radiation being harmful unless you are living inches from the device 24/7.
It’s curious to me also how many similar sites (that often still have the unsubstantiated slant to the silly immunization/autism link) fail to acknowledge the radiation we all receive outside that is not completely filtered by the atmosphere.

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Ethernet is great if you can do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2018 3:58 PM PDT

You'll get less troubles most of the time and meet your goal.

As to the router with WiFi, every model I've used since the 90's has supplied a setting to turn off the radio section.

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Re: Ethernet versus WiFi
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2018 7:40 AM PDT

Ethernet certainly is not worse then wireless. It might be "better", but I don't think you will see any difference.

In most routers, you can turn of the wireless transmission if you don't want to use it for any device (like laptop, tablet, smartphone). Check the router admin page for the options.

Post was last edited on March 21, 2018 7:41 AM PDT

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