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Wireless Router w/ WiFi "on/off" button

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Wireless Router w/ WiFi "on/off" button

Looking to get a new Wireless router that has a WiFi on/off button so that the signals aren't bouncing around my house all day & night long. Looking to spend around $50.

I was considering the Netgear WNR2000: (http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/net ... bfa63fen02). Does anyone have any opinions on this unit? Any other recommendations in this price range?

I really only use Wifi for surfing, email, Youtube, Flickr, etc. No gaming or movies.
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Don't know of any with a hard switch, but I think it is pretty common to be able to disable WiFi via the web interface. Maybe not as convenient, but it may also be handier, depending on how easy it is to physically access the router.
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rabbit wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 8:04 am
Don't know of any with a hard switch, but I think it is pretty common to be able to disable WiFi via the web interface. Maybe not as convenient, but it may also be handier, depending on how easy it is to physically access the router.

most third party firmware's allow you to re-assign the easy setup button on the front of routers that have this button.
i know openwrt and tomato have it. i am pretty sure ddwrt has it too.
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Traian2003 wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 7:39 pm
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You enjoy your increased radiation. But there is a reason why wireless is not used in schools with children as there are concerns about it as it can effect people differently.
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infamouskid wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 8:32 am
most third party firmware's allow you to re-assign the easy setup button on the front of routers that have this button.
i know openwrt and tomato have it. i am pretty sure ddwrt has it too.

Do you know how to do that with TomatoUSB on an Asus 520GU? I'd love that quick option, but Google has let me down :( .
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dchimera wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 9:01 pm
Do you know how to do that with TomatoUSB on an Asus 520GU? I'd love that quick option, but Google has let me down :( .

Check under Administration -> Buttons, see if theres anything there. I use wrt54g, so don't know if the interface is same as yours but I can set my SES/AOSS button to turn off the wifi when I hold it down for 2-3second or something like that.
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With Tomato firmware, you can also use Access Restrictions to automatically disable wireless at scheduled times of the day.
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There should be a WiFi on/off button on all wireless routers, not because of any health concern (ridiculous), but for two other very good reasons:

1. Security: the easiest security measure for WiFi is to physically turn it off when you don't need it

2. Courtesy: the 2.4 GHz spectrum is crowded enough without people leaving their WiFi on unnecessarily just because it's too much trouble to turn it off.
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sickcars wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 8:39 pm
You enjoy your increased radiation. But there is a reason why wireless is not used in schools with children as there are concerns about it as it can effect people differently.

Wireless is used in all kinds of schools. Do you live in the '50s?

Your house and everything else on this planet is bombarded by electromagnetic radioation, neutrinos, and gamma rays that are way more powerful than any Wifi signal, 24/7/365. Just because man has learned to tune radio waves to carry information, does not mean they are any more dangerous than when they were bouncing around with random noise.
JamesA1 wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 10:24 pm
There should be a WiFi on/off button on all wireless routers, not because of any health concern (ridiculous), but for two other very good reasons:

1. Security: the easiest security measure for WiFi is to physically turn it off when you don't need it

2. Courtesy: the 2.4 GHz spectrum is crowded enough without people leaving their WiFi on unnecessarily just because it's too much trouble to turn it off.

This makes sense kind of I guess... but makes things quite impractical.
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brunes wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 11:18 pm
Wireless is used in all kinds of schools. Do you live in the '50s?

Your house and everything else on this planet is bombarded by electromagnetic radioation, neutrinos, and gamma rays that are way more powerful than any Wifi signal, 24/7/365. Just because man has learned to tune radio waves to carry information, does not mean they are any more dangerous than when they were bouncing around with random noise.



This makes sense kind of I guess... but makes things quite impractical.
I'm pretty sure I said Children, ie elementary schools if you did not know. I realize there is wireless in colleges and probably some highschools. But again children are more sensitive to things like this.

Either way I'm not going to bother to argue no point. The internet is massive I'm sure if you looked it up you could find data that would say its not safe.
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Turning off the wifi is a bit of a hopeless effort. There are so many routers running around you, how do you ask the neighbors to kindly turn off their routers well. I live in a house and one of my neighbor's signal is stronger than my router. Actually I have my power level turned down to limit how far it travels beyond the property line (security consideration).
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will888 wrote:
Oct 28th, 2011 11:52 pm
Turning off the wifi is a bit of a hopeless effort. There are so many routers running around you, how do you ask the neighbors to kindly turn off their routers well. I live in a house and one of my neighbor's signal is stronger than my router. Actually I have my power level turned down to limit how far it travels beyond the property line (security consideration).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nuclear-radiati ... _958wt_938

Problem solved.
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