Can you believe it if I told you that my household has been surviving on a Streamyx broadband download speed of 512Kbps since 2008? I’m not joking. TM upgraded our service to 1Mbps roughly a year ago or less which we only found out recently (no wonder the internet was faster just a teeny weeny bit). So yeah, 14 years!!!
What did we use pre-Streamyx? Jaring. It’s a dial-up internet with a download speed of 14.4Kbps and later 56Kbps! Hahaha 😜 I can laugh now but at that time it was precioussssssss.
During the later parts of the 14 years with Streamyx, there were almost daily conflicts between the 3 users of the household due to the crawling internet speed, especially between my dad and me. As gadgets become more and more advanced, so does the amount of bandwidth it consumes. Urgggghhh!!! Even if I don’t want to change, I had to. So, we finally migrated to Unifi at long last.
The story started a few months before the end of 2021.
One day, my mom told my retired dad to watch TV if he can’t sleep at night. By night, she meant after midnight, when everyone’s asleep. My dad has this habit of sleeping during the day and being a night owl at night. Doing what? Definitely not work-related. From what I know, he surfs the net at night since he can’t sleep. We shut down the WiFi router after 12am but he has his means = mobile data.
Of course, I was very against this idea. No, you don’t! You’re not going to disrupt our sleep with the sound and blasting those non-native radiations at us. I made the no TV after midnight rule a few nights later as the TV activity after midnight continue on. For the few weeks that follow, there was tension in the air and quarrelling among us. I even had to resort to pulling out the Astro card and hiding it. Haha
Update 31st Dec 2020: My WiFi router is now set to switch off at 12am until 5.30am. Woot! We now sleep before 12am or just a little over 12am.
Update 4th Mar 2022: Our WiFi router is now off between 12am and 6.30am. It’s been going on for some time.
Update 7th Aug 2022: Since upgrading our WiFi from Streamyx to Unifi back in May, we still maintain our WiFi off schedule that is between 12am and 6.30am.
In my previous post, I talked about how I ditched my handphone’s alarm for a real alarm clock as a step to reduce my contact with EMF radiation. As the title of this post says it all, I will be sharing with you how I limit my house’s WiFi with only a small verbal protest from the family.
Our old routine involved operating the WiFi from morning until the wee hours. It bothered me that we expose ourself to the waves for over 18 hours a day. Thankfully, our WiFi router is usually switched off before going to sleep. Many of my neighbors have their routers churning for 24 hours non-stop.
Long long ago, I ditched my bed alarm clock for the handphone’s alarm clock. I’m sure you all know how convenient it is using the handphone to surf the internet, play games, listen to music, chatting, messaging, read e-books, etc all from the comfort of your bed. I spent so much time on the handphone that I began sleeping later and later in the night. When I sleep, my handphone would be beside my head or on the floor below my head while the network blast on. For years this was how I spent my bedtime.
After learning more and more about electromagnetic radiation although I’ve heard about it many times before and how we human is an electric being, I seriously start putting the handphone on aeroplane mode when I sleep. I couldn’t power off the handphone because the alarm on my current Nokia 6 wouldn’t work if I switch off the handphone.