well i dont know what the wifi does when its idling. i tested it while streaming netflix since that is what it does most of the time. we stream two boxes (roku and wii) along with a few computers, etc. and both moto X's when home.wsbca wrote:Agreed - I just put the power strip which has my Cisco cable modem, Belkin Wifi Router (which has a fairly big, warm wall wart) and Sunpower data gateway all on it on the Kill-a-watt - 12 watts total. Looks like the cable modem is 4-5, router is 5-6, gateway is 1.drees wrote:Ouch - what kind of wifi device do you have? Mine uses about 5w. An older one I had drew 10w. If you replace yours with a low power one it will pay for itself in a year.DaveinOlyWA wrote:funny though, my wi fi i checked it, it uses between 40-80 watt so not a whole lot difference.
i am using a netgear "wireless G" while watching it, it did go as low as 7 watts or so. i think the netflix boxes draw all the time even when not streaming. the wii is on nearly all the time, and the Roku doesnt even have an on off switch...
the netgear box i just bought less than 3 months ago (the old one burned up. the new one runs a lot cooler but still puts out heat)
i think we just transfer too much data. right after we turned comcast back on, i monitored data transfers and we were doing about 20 GB a week