Also...to go along with my new 17" powerbook, I've purchased an extreme base station.
A friend warned me yesterday to turn it off when I'm not using it, and to not keep it too close to me. He was talking about the negative health effects of this type of technology. He says this base station kicks out a lot of juice which could be harmful to ones health.
Why hasn't anyone mentioned this? Anybody have more info to help me make an informed decision?
Creatives Look to Wireless Networking as the Next Big Thing, Problems Remain<blockquote>The fact that wireless networks use radio frequencies (RF) raises some safety concerns. Although vendors claim that the output power of wireless LAN systems is very low, Briney says questions remain about whether this RF energy, which will be passing through people's bodies on a daily basis, will create a long-term health hazard.</blockquote>
If I were you, I wouldn't be concerned because even if in 20 years they do find out that the original forms or wireless were slightly harmful, as long as you aren't camped on top of the station, you should be ok...
There's a lot of debate on the issue, which should tell you something (ie it's hard to find what, if any affect it has. If it were truly dangerous, we'd know more about it, cuz we'd all have 2 heads or something by now).
It's probably a good idea to minimize your exposure to RF energy. Having said that, nobody knows what the deal is, really.
If you think about it, we are constantly bomboarded by radio and other energy. If every molecule in the air wasn't vibrating at RF frequencies, radio and TV (just to name two of perhaps millions) wouldn't work. What excites the air also excites all the molecules that make up a human body.
Just don't sleep with it under your pillow at night and you'll probably be OK.
The old 802.11b used 2.4 GigaHertz, which is the same band as some portable phones, your microwave oven, and a few other things. The ~.11g is twice that frequency, to avoid interference with the once empty and now popular 2.4GHz band.
In any case, it's going to get worse, not better. Worry about things you can do something about; if you went back to candlelight and moved to the woods you would still be bombarded with radio energy (a lot of it isn't man-made, either). If Apple says 20cm then just follow the advice and then forget about it.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gordguide: Just don't sleep with it under your pillow at night and you'll probably be OK.
The old 802.11b used 2.4 GigaHertz, which is the same band as some portable phones, your microwave oven, and a few other things. The ~.11g is twice that frequency, to avoid interference with the once empty and now popular 2.4GHz band. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
According to reports I have seen, you would have to tape it to your head in order to see anything happen, and even then they are not sure what might happen.
And actually, 802.11g (AirPort Extreme, still not technically an aproved standard) operates in the 2.4Ghz band which is how it is backwards compatible with 802.11b (AirPort, which uses the same band).
It's 802.11a that uses the 5GHz, which is why Apple has started using 802.11g because how many existing AirPort users would feel a little jerked off if suddenly the new hardware was TOTALLY incompatible with their old computers.
PosterBoy, I suddenly realized a week or so last week why when I used the microwave to heat up some coffee, my wireless internet connection with my Linksys modem would be interrupted. I have four university degrees and it took me four months to figure this out. Just goes to show you that university education does not alway equate with intelligence.........or common sense. C'est la vie.
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