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Old 07-30-2006, 05:08 PM
mp898@hotmail.com
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Default Wireless router safety and vulnerabilities

I have happily had the same Linksys router (BEFSR41) for a few years
now and just lately have had issues with no connectivity. It is now
disconnected and I am directly connected to the modem. I went thru the
Support folks at Linksys in India and after multiple attempts to reset
both the modem and the router AND attempting to use, unsuccessfully,
specific Linksys addresses; they came to the conclusion that the router
was fried. This started last Thursday around the same time as Zonealarm
was updated coincidentally or not...who knows.
So, now I have a new Linksys wireless G router (so my wife whose office
is upstairs can connect to my hi speed connection wirelessly); I have
not hooked it up yet BUT I am now having belated concerns about
microwave emissions/radiation toasting my gonads over time (the router
is on top of my computer case under my desk). So I guess the questions
are:
How dangerous is a wireless router to one's health; in truth?
Is there a "safe" distance to place a wirless router from one's body so
as to not roast one's "gonads"?
I heard you can "lock down" a wirelss router by using the specific MAC
address of the "only" computer I want sharing the network (my wife's
upstairs) Will my computer be safe?
Finally, is my computer in essence 'hardwired' since the cable
connection goes straight into the modem and then a cable into the
router which is connected by cable directly to my computer with the
router 'transmitting' that signal 'wirelessly' to my wife's computer
upstairs) OR is my computer also 'broadcasting'?

Kinda long sorry,
Thanks in advance


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Old 07-31-2006, 03:37 AM
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mp898@hotmail.com wrote:
> I have happily had the same Linksys router (BEFSR41) for a few years
> now and just lately have had issues with no connectivity. It is now
> disconnected and I am directly connected to the modem. I went thru the
> Support folks at Linksys in India and after multiple attempts to reset
> both the modem and the router AND attempting to use, unsuccessfully,
> specific Linksys addresses; they came to the conclusion that the router
> was fried. This started last Thursday around the same time as Zonealarm
> was updated coincidentally or not...who knows.
> So, now I have a new Linksys wireless G router (so my wife whose office
> is upstairs can connect to my hi speed connection wirelessly); I have
> not hooked it up yet BUT I am now having belated concerns about
> microwave emissions/radiation toasting my gonads over time (the router
> is on top of my computer case under my desk). So I guess the questions
> are:
> How dangerous is a wireless router to one's health; in truth?
> Is there a "safe" distance to place a wirless router from one's body so
> as to not roast one's "gonads"?


If this were the case, you better stay away from, cordless phones,
microwave ovens, Cell phones,Elec blankets, Wireless mice. ETC, ETC.
Line your house in tinfoil helps also. :)

> I heard you can "lock down" a wirelss router by using the specific MAC
> address of the "only" computer I want sharing the network (my wife's
> upstairs) Will my computer be safe?
> Finally, is my computer in essence 'hardwired' since the cable
> connection goes straight into the modem and then a cable into the
> router which is connected by cable directly to my computer with the
> router 'transmitting' that signal 'wirelessly' to my wife's computer
> upstairs) OR is my computer also 'broadcasting'?
>
> Kinda long sorry,
> Thanks in advance
>


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Old 07-31-2006, 02:01 PM
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Nah, a tinfoil helmet is sufficient, mmm, or maybe cup in your situation.

Kevin Weaver wrote:
> mp898@hotmail.com wrote:


>> How dangerous is a wireless router to one's health; in truth?
>> Is there a "safe" distance to place a wirless router from one's body so
>> as to not roast one's "gonads"?

>
> If this were the case, you better stay away from, cordless phones,
> microwave ovens, Cell phones,Elec blankets, Wireless mice. ETC, ETC.
> Line your house in tinfoil helps also. :)
>


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Old 07-31-2006, 06:12 PM
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On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 02:37:42 GMT Kevin Weaver <kevinkeithweaver1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

| mp898@hotmail.com wrote:
|> How dangerous is a wireless router to one's health; in truth?
|> Is there a "safe" distance to place a wirless router from one's body so
|> as to not roast one's "gonads"?
|
| If this were the case, you better stay away from, cordless phones,
| microwave ovens, Cell phones,Elec blankets, Wireless mice. ETC, ETC.
| Line your house in tinfoil helps also. :)

Be sure it is genuine tin. That aluminum crap won't work as well. And
don't waste your money on gold plating the tin, either. Silver? Save
that for the daggers. :)

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