Is the JRS Eco router compatible with my Internet modem / provider?Our Eco routers are compatible with any provider and Internet modem/router. The Internet modem/router is the box you received from your provider. The way it works is that you connect the Eco router to your Internet modem/router with the included network cable, using the standard LAN connection that is available on every Internet modem/router. You need to retain your Internet modem/router, because it provides the conversion of the Internet signal to ADSL, cable or fiber, the specifics of which depend on your Internet provider. This is illustrated in our installation video. If your Internet modem/router has built-in wifi, this needs to turned off in order to minimize wifi radiation. On some modems/routers you can simply turn off the wifi with a switch on your modem, or login to a settings menu. If you don't know how, call your provider’s customer service and ask them for help. Some modems/routers of Internet providers also transmit a public wifi network which also needs to be switched off. About turning off the built-in wifi of your Internet modem/router: There are two ways you can get Internet from your provider's modem. One is via wifi. The other is via Ethernet, it's also called hardwired. Now we use the hardwired connection to go from your Internet modem to the Eco router, and then have the Eco router emit the Internet signal via its low radiation wifi. If you would leave the built-in wifi of your Internet modem active, you would have two wifi signals. And we want only one: the low radiation one. That's why you need to have the built-in wifi of your Internet modem turned off. If you want to replace your Internet modem/router, you will need to consult with your Internet provider. All Internet modems/routers work together with the Eco router, so that's not an issue. But the issue is that you need a modem/router that is compatible with your provider. For example a modem/router for a cable connection is different than for a fiber connection. If you have cable you could look at the Arris Surfboard series. In any case you will need to make specific settings that you need to obtain from your provider, to make it work with their Internet connection, so please check with your provider first. That's why we recommend keeping your Internet modem/router and turning off its built-in wifi because that's the easiest approach.
The JRS Eco 100 wireless router: 100% radiation-free in stand-byJRS Eco WirelessAn ordinary wifi router broadcasts beacon signals 24 hours a day, 10 times a second. This generates a considerable amount of radiation in the home, clearly measurable. The unique JRS® Eco 100 wireless router automatically switches to Full Eco stand-by mode, reducing radiation to zero, when you turn off wifi on your computer and phone. When you reconnect to the wifi, the JRS Eco 100 router automatically switches the signal on again. What makes these Asus® routers special is the JRS Eco firmware that runs on them. The first generation of JRS Eco wireless routers already significantly reduced the amount of electrosmog by reducing the pulse frequency of the beacon signals by a factor of 10. See Eco-wifi: 90% reduced pulse frequency. The JRS Eco 100 technology takes it one step further. When you install the JRS Eco 100 router, it first goes into learning mode, allowing you to easily connect all your wifi devices. The router automatically keeps a list of the devices that have been connected to it. After all your devices are listed, the router automatically switches to Full Eco mode, in which it is completely radiation-free when no wifi devices are connected.
Can I accomplish the same by adjusting the settings in an ordinary router?The JRS Eco 100 functionality, which automatically turns off the wifi signal completely in stand-by, is unique to the JRS Eco 100 operating system and is not available on ordinary routers. People sometimes think that by setting a "Hidden SSID" on a regular wifi router, they reduce radiation. This is a misconception. With a 'packet sniffer' program like Wireshark you can determine that the router is still transmitting beacon packets, only the so-called 'SSID' field in these packets is set to zero. It doesn't reduce radiation from the router in any way. What about other settings? Often you can't adjust the transmitting power in ordinary routers or only in rough steps. The JRS Eco 100 firmware offers fine tuning of the transmission power with 10 steps, which is not available in the regular Asus® firmware.
To what extent does an Eco router reduce my exposure to wifi radiation?Wifi is two-way traffic. Although the Eco router greatly reduces the radiation of your router during stand-by and partly during operation, it does not reduce the radiation of your wireless devices. For each piece of data sent from the wifi router, a confirmation is sent back by your device. Wifi radiation from the devices is very strong and you keep the device very close to your body. Especially in data-intensive applications such as video, a lot of wifi radiation is emitted. By working with a wired Internet connection, you can minimize your exposure to electromagnetic radiation. See also our iPad® / iPhone® hardwired adapter.
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Does the eco functionality have any effect on reducing the router speed?No. Download speed, connection quality and range are the same as for ordinary wifi routers. The real speed measured with speedtest.net for the JRS Eco 100 D1 and D2 models is 400+ Mb/s. These are real measured throughput speeds, not theoretical values like ‘AC1900’. The speed is the same as with the stock Asus firmware.
Eco-wifi: 90% reduced pulse frequencyEven when the Eco-wifi router is in use, with devices connected, it emits less radiation than an ordinary wifi router. The Eco-wifi router has a 10x reduced beacon pulse frequency. This is explained below. Any wifi router transmits two main types of packets:The newer JRS Eco 100 models offer a zero emission Full Eco mode that automatically switches off of the beacon signal fully: The JRS Eco 100 Wifi router: 100% radiation-free in stand-by
- Beacon packets containing the name of the wifi network. The largest problem is, that in ordinary wifi routers, these are transmitted 10 times per second 24/7, both in standby and during usage. The Eco-wifi router reduces the pulsation frequency of this beacon signal to once per second.
- Data packets. Data packets are only transmitted during usage, for example when loading a web page, when an app is requesting information from the internet, or your device is downloading updates etc.
MeasurementsThis is measurable using an electrosmog meter. The reduced pulse frequency of the beacon signal in the Eco-wifi routers has been measured by EMF Consult Norway. The oscilloscope images below show the measured electromagnetic emission versus time, on a 200 milliseconds x-axis scale. The left image shows an ordinary wifi router, and the right image shows the Eco-wifi router: A demonstration is given in the below video from ElectricSense.com, measured with an Acoustimeter. Turn on sound to hear the difference:
Reducing the strength of the pulsesWhile the average pulse strength of the Eco-wifi beacon signals is 10 times reduced, because of the reduced pulse frequency as explained above, the peak pulse strength in the default setting is similar as with ordinary routers. This is because transmission power is inextricably linked to the range of the router, a physical fact that, unfortunately, cannot be changed. You can reduce the transmit power by adjusting its setting. The Eco-wifi offers fine adjustment of the range with ten steps. This is an improvement over the standard Asus firmware. See also Does the Eco-wifi router reduce the peak value of the pulses?
To what extent does an Eco router reduce my exposure to wifi radiation?Wifi is two-way traffic. Although the Eco router greatly reduces the radiation of your router during stand-by and partly during operation, it does not reduce the radiation of your wireless devices. For each piece of data sent from the wifi router, a confirmation is sent back by your device. Wifi radiation from the devices is very strong and you keep the device very close to your body. Especially in data-intensive applications such as video, the wifi radiation is very high. By working with a wired Internet connection, you can minimize your exposure to electromagnetic radiation. See also our iPad® / iPhone® hardwired adapter.
Does the Eco-wifi provide means to an “on/off” schedule selection?Yes, the Eco-wifi offers a programmable wifi on/off scheduling option. You can set the wifi to automatically turn off completely for example at night times. You may override this by pushing the wifi on-/off- button. The router will resume the program as soon as it is time to execute the next rule.
What are the differences between the JRS Eco-wifi models?The JRS Eco 100 D1 and D2 Wifi routers have a Full Eco standby mode with zero emission. All models including the 01A have a 90% reduced pulse frequency. Measured with Speedtest.net (real speed) the JRS Eco-wifi 01A offers 25 Megabits per second (Mb/s) while the JRS Eco 100 D1 and D2 models offer 400+ Mb/s. To achieve the maximum speed that your Internet subscription supports, you need to choose the Eco-wifi model that is at least as fast. These are real measured throughput speeds, not theoretical values like 'AC1900'. You can find out your Internet speed on Speedtest.net. The 01A model has 100 Mbps Ethernet ports while the Eco 100 D1 and D2 models have 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) Ethernet ports. The JRS Eco 100 D1 and D2 models are dual band, which means they emit at two frequencies: 2.4 and 5 Gigahertz. This allows for higher throughput speeds. You may turn off the 5 GHz if you want to minimize radiation. The JRS Eco 100 D2 has a wifi on/off push button on the side, and detachable antennas. The D2 is an upright model, and the D1 is a tabletop model. For more details see the JRS Eco-wifi product comparison table.
I have a large house. How can I make sure I have Internet everywhere?JRS Eco WirelessFirst of all, we would certainly recommend hardwiring the whole house with Ethernet cables as this will minimize your radiation exposure. Wifi is two-way traffic and your iPad, smart phone and other wireless devices still emit the same amount of radiation. How many routers you would need really depends on the building materials. For example, reinforced concrete walls and ceilings attenuate the wifi signal strongly while the signal will pass through wood virtually unattenuated. The best advice is to place a number of Eco-wifi routers in enough locations in your house to provide optimal coverage, and hardwire the LAN connections from your Internet modem to each of them using Ethernet cables. Alternatively you may daisy-chain them by pulling a wire from one Eco-wifi router to another. If you have existing coaxial TV cabling in your house the Hischmann MA-32 network adapters may be a good solution so that you don't need to pull LAN cables. The way these work is that you place a 2nd Eco-wifi router in the room where you want to have additional wifi coverage, then connect that router to the Hirschmann MA32 adapter, and connect the Hirschmann MA32 to the TV coax outlet available in that room. Then you connect your Internet modem to the 2nd Hirschmann MA32 adapter, and connect that Hirschmann MA32 to the TV coax cable/outlet near the Internet modem. In this way the coax connection replaces the Ethernet LAN cable you would otherwise need to pull from the Internet modem to the 2nd Eco-wifi router. Another solution exists, powerline adapters, but they work with a signal at a frequency of around 30 Megahertz that is fed into the power lines. These act as a kind of antenna because they are not shielded, and radiate the signal around your house. Sometimes neighboring amateur broadcasters even complain about the interference of the powerline adapters. This option is therefore not completely radiation-free and it is much better to lay LAN cables. It may be tempting to use a wifi repeater or even a mesh router system, but it's important to understand that these increase your wifi radiation exposure. A mesh is a mess from an EMF point of view. All wireless signals are transmitted twice or more from one mesh node to another. Wifi repeaters have a similar problem. It's like a wifi receiver and access point in one box. Any wifi repeater will transmit 10 pulses per second, 24 hours per day. Furthermore we cannot guarantee seamless interoperability of our Eco routers with a repeater. We advise to run a LAN cable to the 2nd point where you need wifi and place another Eco router there.
Is the JRS eco-wifi router compatible with the voltage and power system of my country?Yes, our routers are fully compatible with the voltage and power system of different countries (100-240 Volts, 50/60 Hertz). For some countries a plug adapter is needed. This is included for orders from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. For other countries a plug adapter can be found on Ebay or Amazon for a few dollars.
Does the Eco-wifi router have enough power for streaming wifi movies and video?JRS Eco WirelessFor that purpose you would need one of the Eco 100 models. That said, we advise against streaming video because of the wifi radiation. Wifi is two-way traffic. For each bit of data sent from the wifi router, a confirmation is sent back by the TV, iPad or iPhone. Therefore it is much better to hardwire your TV to the Internet using LAN Ethernet cables. For iPad and iPhone we have a solution. Wifi radiation coming from the iPad and iPhone is strong and the device is held very close to the body. Especially with data intensive applications like video, the wifi radiation is very high. The iPhone/iPad hardwired adapter completely eliminates wifi radiation by hardwiring the Internet connection. You can put your iPhone or iPad in Airplane mode with wifi turned off and still surf the Internet.