Disabling Wireless Signals from Samsung Smart TV

Shaun Kranish 3 years ago • updated by Kay Berkson 4 days ago 4

Samsung...we meet again. A while back I wrote about and made a little YouTube voice-over with images of disabling wireless from a Samsung refrigerator. Well, I had another opportunity to meet a Samsung device without the option to disable wireless without getting out a screwdriver.


Suggestion to manufacturers: Put a physical power switch on these devices so that we can shut off the WiFi without 1) having to rely on software settings which could be inadvertently reset or updated and 2) having to physically open up the device to disconnect something. Please hear us - there are plenty of people who do not want the wireless functionality - who do not want the radiation - from these devices.


So this TV - a Samsung UN32J5500AF - is a Smart TV that came with a house my parents recently moved into. The TV has an Ethernet hookup on the back, which we utilized. But hooking it up to Ethernet didn't stop the wireless signals. There also were no settings in the menu to completely disable it. The TV was even radiating RF radiation when it was off - simply being plugged-into the power outlet made the unit transmit 24/7.


My parents didn't want that in their kitchen, and I certainly didn't want it in their kitchen either. They spend a lot of time there, and my family spends a lot of time there when we visit. No thank you, Samsung.


So, a standard Phillips screw driver, and about a dozen or so screws, and the back cover of the TV came off very easily. I made sure to periodically touch something ground to avoid ESD (electrostatic discharge). And I made sure simply not to touch any of the metal contacts anywhere inside - on the circuit boards.


As you can see in the pictures - there are 2 small black boxes with sickers with an FCC ID on them. These are the wireless devices. I'm not sure why there are 2, but they were. Look at that - they have as simple connect that pops off. A flathead screw driver helped me pop these 2 connectors off so that they are completely disconnected.


Now our family enjoys high definition and the "Smart" TV features like YouTube/Netflix/etc sans radiation.



-3

Thank you so much for posting this. I just bought the same model and got frustrated trying to turn off the wifi. Call me weird, but I can feel it when it's on, so I avoid wifi whenever possible. I think this radiation is one of those things that people will eventually wise up to, but it will take a few years. This video says there is also a 3D emitter, so maybe that was the second one you took out. 

+1

Actually, I looked up the model numbers and it looked like #2 on the right is the Blue-Tooth module.

Thanks Shaun. You saved me doing the discovery myself. Bizarre that there is no option to kill Bluetooth and WiFi , but i guess they just want to keep the TVs vulnerable and broadcasting. Anyway, screwdrivers rule. I feel a bit sorry for the folks out there getting their TVs taken over. Was reading about an art exhibition on a set of Samsung TVs that was hacked to show porn by someone visiting. The gallery couldn't figure out how to turn it off, because of course they can't turn off the wireless setting. I think we're just the 1% who wants to control our environments, and sadly the other 99% are happy to go with whatever they're given.

I appreciate your hard work and I really like to read your way of writing. It is a great thing to be here on this website. Rose Bowl live stream Super Bowl 2020 live stream Indianapolis Colts live stream New York Giants live stream Seattle Seahawks live stream Chicago Bears live stream San Francisco 49ers live stream Denver Broncos live stream Pittsburgh Steelers live stream Philadelphia Eagles live stream Green Bay Packers live stream After a long time, I found some fresh information from this website. That's why I am happy to see this wonderful post New Orleans Saints live stream New England Patriots live stream Dallas Cowboys live stream Sunday Night Football live stream Thursday Night Football live stream Monday Night Football live stream NFL Football live stream Rugby world cup live stream New year eve fireworks live stream New year eve ball drop live stream NFR rodeo finals live stream AFL finals live stream NRL grand final live stream F1 Grand Prix live stream I appreciate your hard work and I really like to read your way of writing. It is a great thing to be here on this website. Melbourne Cup Race live stream Michigan Football live stream Alabama Football live stream Florida Football live stream California Football live stream Ohio Football live stream Texas Football live stream New year eve fireworks live stream Grey Cup 2019 live stream Melbourne Cup 2019 live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 live stream 2019 Rugby World Cup live stream 2019 Rugby World Cup live stream After a long time, I found some fresh information from this website. That's why I am happy to see this wonderful post MLB World Series 2019 live stream Sports live stream Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream British Open Championship live stream US Open Golf live stream British Open 2019 live stream Open Championship 2019 live stream US Open 2019 live stream Rugby Championship 2019 live stream Tour de France 2019 live stream I appreciate your hard work and I really like to read your way of writing. It is a great thing to be here on this website. State of Origin 2019 live stream Wimbledon 2019 live stream 4th of July Parade live stream Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live stream Cricket World Cup 2019 live stream UEFA Champions League final live stream PGA Championship 2019 live stream